) around his original company, UUNET, which provides corporations with Internet access and data servicesPROS
-- UUNET remains the leading Internet pipeline, handling over 50% of U.S. online traffic.
-- The company retains a blue-chip roster of customers, including AOL Time Warner (AOL
), FedEx (FDX
), and Nasdaq.
-- By selling WorldCom's paging, wireless, and long-distance businesses, Sidgmore could raise up to $4 billion.CONS
-- Internet access and data prices have collapsed, falling 92% from February to May.
-- WorldCom faces a cash crunch. If it doesn't get fresh financing by September, Sidgmore may run out of time.
-- WorldCom's businesses could fare better as part of a regional telephone operator.