The Federal Communications Commission is expected to announce today whether S-B-C Communications can offer long-distance service in Ohio and three other states. S-B-C, formerly known as Ameritech, has been trying for years to offer long-distance service throughout its service area. Approval from the
F-C-C is the final hurdle. The San Antonio-based company says the move would mean better deals on long-distance for customers because there will be more competition in the market. But potential competitors say the local telephone giant is blocking competition for its services. S-B-C is Ohio’s largest local service provider with more than four-million phone lines in 61 Ohio counties.