On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission had planned to take up the matter of the AT&T/Bell South merger. But then, at almost the last possible minute, the commission decided once again to drop it from the agenda; to defer it once again. I think it has become such a controversial matter the commission is probably going to eventually forward the matter to an Administrative Law Judge for a decision.
Comptel, for one, thought that was an admirable decision by the FCC as they explain in the next message today. But, what the FCC may do is simply keep moving it forward on its agenda until the 'proper' ratio of commissioners is present, i.e. a Republican majority. As things stand now, the vote would probably end in a tie anyway. For sure, this is one really 'hot potato' to deal with.