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FCC Thwarts Baby Bells on Use of Fiber-Optic Lines

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FCC Thwarts Baby Bells on Use of Fiber-Optic Lines

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FCC Thwarts Baby Bells on Use of Fiber-Optic Lines

FCC Thwarts Baby Bells on Use of Fiber-Optic Lines

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By a 3-2 vote, the FCC says big regional phone companies are no longer required to lease their fiber-optic lines to smaller competitors, changing a policy established by Congress in 1996. The decision gives individual states more control over phone networks. Consumer groups are pleased; the Bell companies are not. AT&T calls it a useful compromise. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.