Now that Verizon Communications Inc. has closed its $8.5 billion acquisition of MCI Inc., Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg has a range of networks and services to rival those of Edward Whitacre Jr., his counterpart at AT&T Inc. who engineered the $22 billion combination of SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp. last year.

The Verizon-MCI deal and the November union of SBC and AT&T crossed regulatory boundaries that once seemed taboo.

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