BACKGROUND -- AT&T today asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to further delay its consideration of the wrongful split
of Verizon in the state. In doing so, AT&T cites a study conducted by its perennial hired gun Lee Selwyn. The following response should be attributed to
Harry Mitchell, Verizon director-media relations:
"It's ludicrous that AT&T is playing such desperate games with the PUC expected to decide this issue within two weeks. AT&T has had ample
opportunity to weigh in on this issue over more than a year. AT&T had twice as much time as Verizon to prepare its case. And, every time Verizon asked
that the schedule be extended, AT&T violently opposed our request. Now it wants to slide in an unverifiable, duct-tape study at the eleventh hour. This is
an obvious delaying tactic by AT&T, and the PUC should reject it outright.
"AT&T has already stated on the record it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars for AT&T to get established in Pennsylvania. Now
AT&T produces a study by a person - who has parroted AT&T's position for years - that says Verizon can cleave its Pennsylvania operations in two
for a mere $41 million. It simply defies common sense.
"AT&T, after one management pratfall after another, wants the PUC to bail it out by hampering its competitors and protecting it from competition.
That's a shameful grab for corporate welfare and reflects AT&T's philosophy of 'The Consumer Be Damned.'
"The commission should deep-six this desperate ploy from AT&T."