FCC Investigates SBC Communications for Allegedly Providing False Information

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TULSA (AP) -- The parent of Southwestern Bell Telephone is under investigation for allegedly supplying inaccurate information to get government approval for long-distance service in Oklahoma and Kansas.

SBC Communications' long-distance authority could be withdrawn or it could face fines if regulators find the company intentionally misled them and its competitors.

The Federal Communications Commission is examining affidavits filed last October by three executives for SBC Communications, company spokeswoman Saralee Boteler said.

The company confirmed that the three employees gave inaccurate information about high-speed Internet signals among SBC customers. The inaccuracies were reported to the FCC in an April 13 letter, Boteler told the Tulsa World.

The false information prevented a competitor, Dallas-based IP Communications, from selling high-speed Internet services to SBC's customers, according to documents and reports.

"What we reported to the commission and the Department of Justice is that there were discrepancies pertaining to our loop qualification systems in the two states and how they operate," Boteler said. …

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