NPR morning news apparently just reported...

...that the Bush administration just gave WorldCom a contract to "rebuild
Iraq's telecommunications and Internet infrastructure."

I didn't hear this report myself, it was related to me by someone else.


this is the often reported "mci is building iraq a brand spankin' new
cell phone network" I believe.

Yeah, upon reading the articles, it looks like the contract is $45M or
less for nineteen GSM cells. The controversy surrounding it seems to be
twofold: first, that WorldCom has never built a cellular network; second
that it's being rewarded ahead of other telcos which haven't (yet) been
busted for accounting fraud.