Byline: Kristi E. Swartz
Nov. 7--BellSouth Corp. wrapped up seven days of hearings with the N.C. Utilities Commission yesterday, ending a crucial step in the local telephone giant's plea to enter the long-distance market in North Carolina.
This is the second time in three years BellSouth has filed a petition with the commission to offer long-distance service.
To begin this type of service, BellSouth has to prove it has allowed other phone companies to offer local telephone service.
BellSouth lined up economists, analysts and policy witnesses in Raleigh to say that the local markets are open to competition. According to BellSouth, about 80 …