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  •  Verizon came from the merger of GTE, a phone (19+ / 0-)

    system separate from Ma Bell, and Bell Atlantic, one of the regional operating companies resulting from the break-up of Ma Bell (the original AT&T).

    GTE provided much of the territory that Verizon has today, although there have been many other mergers and acquisitions in the years since.

    In my opinion, we don't need to split up the phone companies into tiny pieces, because it all works best as a national system of unified parts.  

    Rather than being publicly owned companies operated for profit, the phone system should be a public utility, like the water department, strictly controlled by government and operated for the benefit of the people.

    Most other nations in the world have something similar to that arrangement and many other countries are ahead of us in broadband internet and other services.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 09:54:40 AM PDT

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    •  VZ has shed most of GTE (8+ / 0-)

      Verizon is the old Bell Atlantic Corp., in turn mostly the old "See and Pee" telephone companies. It acquired a bunch, but kept its old Bell System genes, modified by BA's strong anti-unionism.  They bought GTE mostly for its wireless turf, to build Verizon Wireless.  They've sold off most of its wireline turf, keeping only three states (FL, CA, TX).

      Few countries today still have national PTTs, but the rules in the US are far more pro-incumbent (e.g., VZ) than would be allowed in the EU or most other advanced countries. In the EU, incumbents are required to make their facilities available at wholesale, so you get a choice of telco or ISP over the incumbent's wire.  This is now rather limited in the US, with no choice of ISP over telco lit services.  In the UK, BT was split in two, and any competitor can lease the wire from OpenReach. The US tried to get competition in the Telecom Act of 1996, but corrupt courts and the Bush FCC gutted it, and Obama's bundler Julius G did a very bad job running it, again sucking up to VZ until he realized that he was being the sucker, just about the time he resigned.

    •  as an aside, this is what I think about ALL (0+ / 0-)
      In my opinion, we don't need to split up the phone companies into tiny pieces, because it all works best as a national system of unified parts.  

      Rather than being publicly owned companies operated for profit, the phone system should be a public utility, like the water department, strictly controlled by government and operated for the benefit of the people.

      corporations. Our entire 21st century mode of life is based on enormous global networks that are emplaced and run by a tiny handful of global corporations--whether it is global communications, global air travel, global food production, global manufacturing. Literally everything we have and every necessity of life comes from these massive global networks, and breaking them up into Adam-Smithian small companies will merely break up those global networks and make them impossible. Instead, we should turn these global entities LEGALLY into what they already are PRACTICALLY--public utilities--then run them democratically for the benefit of global society rather than for the benefit of a handful of global wealth-owners.

      "Corporations" do not need to be decentralized or broken up, any more than "governments" need to be. But BOTH need to be democratized and publicly-controlled. Worldwide.

      That is the only way forward.

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