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The fall of the Bell system : a study in prices and politics

Author: Peter Temin; Louis Galambos
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
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This book traces and analyzes the events that resulted in the breakup of AT&T, the largest corporate reorganization in history. As the author demonstrates, AT&T's status eroded over many years. That process of erosion began when the FCC allowed competition into small corners of the telecommunications system, while professing support for the overall status of AT&T. But as the FCC should have foreseen, the structure  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Temin; Louis Galambos
ISBN: 052134557X 9780521345576
OCLC Number: 15521444
Description: xviii, 378 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Setting the stage. The regulated monopoly ; Separations --
Competition comes to the Bell System. The great TELPAK controversy ; Quickening change ; AT&T under fire --
Action and reaction. John deButts and "the decision to decide" ; The Bell System responds ; Antitrust crossfire --
The conflict broadens. The Consumer Communications Reform Act of 1976 ; Competition in message toll service ; AT&T's internal ferment --
Fighting on all fronts. The new realism ; Congressional controversy : the House ; The second computer inquiry ; Settlement negotiations : the Chinese menu --
Reaching agreement. Administration infighting ; Congress in motion : the Senate ; The telephone book ; Brown and Baxter play the final hand. Creating the new order. Defending the agreement ; The plan of reorganization ; Access charges ; AT&T reborn --
Reflections. The process of change ; The impact of divestiture.
Responsibility: Peter Temin with Louis Galambos.
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This book traces and analyzes the events that resulted in the breakup of AT&T, the largest corporate reorganization in history. As the author demonstrates, AT&T's status eroded over many years. That process of erosion began when the FCC allowed competition into small corners of the telecommunications system, while professing support for the overall status of AT&T. But as the FCC should have foreseen, the structure of regulatory prices provided a generous price umbrella for the new entrants into telecommunications. Each time the FCC allowed more entry, both the entrants' expected profits and the demand for still more entry rose.

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