MCI WorldCom Inc. has announced what could become the largest corporate takeover in history. It's a move significant to schools and anybody else who uses telephones, cable TVs, or the internet. On Oct. 5, the nation's second largest long-distance firm unveiled plans for a $115 billion acquisition of Sprint Corp., America's third-largest long-distance company.

All the implications for schools were not immediately apparent at press time. But—at the least—educators can expect the combined company, which will be called WorldCom, to have a significant effect on the telephone rates schools pay, the telecommunications services schools use, the number and complexity of


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