Ameritech Weighs ADSL

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Columbus, Ohio -- Deployment of digital-subscriber-line
technology is on hold at Ameritech Corp., the telco that is about to be acquired by SBC
Communications Inc.

Last week, Ameritech released its 1999 capital-spending
plan, which failed to call for aggressive ADSL (asymmetrical DSL) deployments. The company
pegged spending at $3 billion -- about the same as last year.

An Ameritech spokesman said a decision on ADSL will depend
on an upcoming Federal Communications Commission ruling on high-speed service.

"We do have the flexibility to modify our planned
investment if the rules change," said David Onak, a spokesman for Ameritech.