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Why Was Ma Bell Broken Up?

Now that ATT and T Mobile are planning on merging, and the American market becomes dominated by two wireless telephone companies, I have to ask why the government ever bothered to break up Ma Bell back in the 1980s. It didn't have a total monopoly back then: there was GTE as well as numerous local carriers. Besides, Ma Bell was regulated as a utility.

It seems like we've come full circle.


heyduke50 said…
confuses the heck out of me too...
heyduke50, perhaps in another 5 years we'll end up with a cellphone duopoly that is unregulated and raises prices every year.