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The European Commission announced Feb. 21 that it has begun a full-scale antitrust investigation of MCI WorldCom’s planned merger with Sprint in order to ensure that the deal does not restrict Internet-related competition.

“The proposed merger may lead to MCI WorldCom and Sprint, along with AT&T, having bottleneck control on the U.S. end for termination of international voice telephony traffic,” Michael Tscherny, EC spokesperson, said in a statement. Tscherny added that the proposed $115 billion merger raises serious doubts about compatibility because of “its impact on competition in the market for top level Internet connectivity.”

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