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The Market A Year After The Mergers

Business Communications Review
Hank Levine and Jim Blaszak

We’re honored that BCR has asked us to take over the “back page” on Dick Kuehn’s retirement. Dick’s wisdom and curmudgeonly good sense are legendary, and like many of you, we learned a lot from him over the years.

Like Dick, we work the customer side of the street-in our case, mostly Fortune 100-200 enterprise customers and comparable public sector clients. We’ll try to be fair to our carrier friends-as we never cease to remind them, customers and their representatives are the loyal opposition, not the enemy-but this column will continue to reflect customer interests. We are confident that we can match Dick’s curmudgeonry, but equaling his wisdom will be another matter altogether.

It’s been just over a year since the mergers of SBC and AT&T (now at&t) and Verizon and MCI (now Verizon). Of course, at&t has also gobbled up BellSouth during this period, making it even bigger. With a year of experience, it’s time to review the industry’s behavior in the wake of the mergers.


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