Debating Consolidation

CEO types from the telecom sector are going to appear at a Capitol Hill hearing tomorrow to discuss the current round of consolidation taking place in the United States. Those on the dance card will include most of the usual suspects. David Dorman of AT&T, Michael Capellas of MCI, Ed Whitacre of SBC, Ivan Seidenberg of Verizon, and Gary Forsee of Sprint. Representing the little guys will be Dr. Mark Cooper, Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America, Washington, DC, Jeff Halpern of Senior Equity Research Analyst, with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, James Speta, Associate Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago and Phil Weiser, Associate Professor of Law and Telecommunications and Executive Director of Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program, University of Colorado School of Law. I am going to be watching this one closely, and see what the elected officials ask them, or don’t ask them