MCI appeals Sprint's European deal

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MCI Communications Corp. filed an appeal to the Federal Communications Commission to oppose France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom's purchase of a stake in Sprint, citing the French and German markets as being closed to competition. If not blocked by the FCC, the two companies would assume a 20% stake in Sprint. Competition is scheduled to begin in those two markets in 1998. ``Allowing foreign monopolists preferential access to the U.S. market, which is open to full competition, while they retain dominance in their home markets will continue high prices for American consumers,'' said Jim Lewis, MCI's senior VP-regulatory affairs.

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