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http://www.pcworld.com/article/22263...1982_2011.html

This is a pretty succinct description of where we are today in the US with telecoms, right after the breakup of Ma Bell in 1982.

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Now that it looks like the US will be left with only three national wireless phone carriers, my mind wandered back to the early 1980s, when the original AT&T monopoly was broken up by the Department of Justice. It was a different era-one in which nobody owned a cellular phone and everybody paid through the nose for long-distance service. (Fast forward to 2011: Almost everybody has a cell phone, and long distance is a freebie.) But the theory back then was that more phone companies would be better for consumers than fewer phone companies.
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How is this news?
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How is most of the news posted on OCN news? Half of it's editorials.
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It's news because AT&T is buying T-Mobile in the US, which combines the 2nd and 3rd largest cellular operators. 74% of all cell phones users will soon be either AT&T or Verizon (39% and 35% respectively). That has a major impact on competition in the industry.
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It's news because AT&T is buying T-Mobile in the US, which combines the 2nd and 3rd largest cellular operators. 74% of all cell phones users will soon be either AT&T or Verizon (39% and 35% respectively). That has a major impact on competition in the industry.
Sounds good reason to me.
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is it just me, or is AT&T now made up of the SAME companies that broke off in the 80s....except for the companies that made up Verizon.
    
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is it just me, or is AT&T now made up of the SAME companies that broke off in the 80s....except for the companies that made up Verizon.
    
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is it just me, or is AT&T now made up of the SAME companies that broke off in the 80s....except for the companies that made up Verizon.
I wouldn't doubt that one bit..
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