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AT&T Corp chairman Robert Allen attacked Sprint Corp’s deal with France Telecom and Deutsche Bundespost Telekom as anti-competitive and urged preconditions be imposed on such deals: addressing the Networked Economy Conference in Washington, Allen said the deal would not fit any reasonable definition of full and fair competition… as long as France and Germany maintain their tight grip on competition in switch voice services and infrastructure – the Federal Communications Commission should require foreign carriers to demonstrate open home markets in basic services and provide the kind of network interconnections that go with true competition; France Telecom described Allen’s comments as puzzling, telling Reuter Everybody knows that before we talked with Sprint we spent six months talking with AT&T; Bundespost Telekom said that the home markets of the French and German companies were open to competition in the fields in which the alliance would be active in the US.

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