It is a HUGE misnomer that WCOM will controll the internet if they mege with MCI. In fact, UUnets and to a lesser extent MCIs priceing is allready quite high for T-1, mutch less T-3 connectivity. At the same time AT&T is in process of building and expaning its new backbone, while GTE is pumping alot of money into its backbone(formerly BBN). And dont forget Sprint. Wether or not AT&T will take the lead on price for its backbone, who knows, but it will have a very large amount of capacity. But GTE is very competitive, while UUnets high prices have made smaler backbones like Digex quite desireable alternatives to the big boys. My guess, with all the competition, and some ISPs switching to different backbones, and companies as well, by mid 98 WCOM/MCI will have 40% or less of the backbone market. If WCOM really wants to corner the market in backbone connectivity, they are in for a rude awakening.