Speaking before a group of 150 attorneys in New York yesterday, William Kennard, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said that his agency will continue to place formidable demands on merging parties and local telephone companies who wish to enter the long-distance market.

Kennard acknowledged that the huge volume of telecommunications mergers is placing enormous demands on his agency. But he emphasized that the answer to the problem is not to relax the review the agency performs on mergers.

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