New FCC phone, web rules send mixed messages for schools

The Federal Communications Commission's latest attempt to overhaul rules governing competition for telephone and internet services was supposed to herald a new era of clarity in the turbulent telecommunications industry. Instead, analysts say, the FCC's Feb. 20 decisions reveal discord within the agency itself and spell even more uncertainty for schools and other consumers.

The nation's four regional Bell companies—BellSouth Corp., SBC Communications, Verizon Communications,

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