WorldCom and AT&T refused entrance to local market

25 Mar 2003

US long-distance operators AT&T and WorldCom have been denied a US Supreme Court hearing over federal rules to help them enter the country’s USD125 billion local market. The regulatory authorities are looking to break up the monopoly status of companies such as Verizon and BellSouth by forcing them to give rivals access to their networks at lower rates, but the two long-distance giants have not been given the option of entering the market.