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    The US also had the best phone service in the world. AT&T was heavily regulated. Patents flowed out of Bell Laboratories at a rate that would put Niagara falls to shame.

    The biggest issue AT&T had with unions lay with telephone operators. AT&T fought unionization of operators with a vengeance. AT&T did pay a price for that fight and at least in Bell Laboratories AT&T gave women promotions as rapidly as possible.

    Electric delivery is still a monopoly in most parts of the country. Cable service was another monopoly. In most parts of the country it is difficult to get cable from more than one provider (I am not counting DirectTV and Dish as cable providers). Phone service is the entire country was a monopoly because it is expensive to run wire to houses and businesses. An yes there were independent phone companies.

    In return AT&T gave the world the transistor and agreed not to go digital (the 1956 consent decree). Yeah computers would not exist without the inventions of AT&T. When long distance companies started to compete, they used technology invented or improved upon by Bell Laboratories.

    Look at cell phones. AT&T proposed them in the 1940s and then

    By 1977, AT&T and Bell Labs had constructed a prototype cellular system. A year later, public trials of the new system were started in Chicago with over 2000 trial customers. In 1979, in a separate venture, the first commercial cellular telephone system began operation in Tokyo. In 1981, Motorola and American Radio telephone started a second U.S. cellular radio-telephone system test in the Washington/Baltimore area. By 1982, the slow-moving FCC finally authorized commercial cellular service for the USA. A year later, the first American commercial analog cellular service or AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone Service) was made available in Chicago by Ameritech.

    See URL http://inventors.about.com/...

    Ameritech was a part of AT&T. Cell service today is a mess in part because one company does not have a monopoly.

    Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

    by LWelsch on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 02:30:08 AM PST

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    •  Wait. You hate Dingell because... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...he was involved in breaking up Ma Bell into the Baby Bells? Really???

      This is the classic behavior of too many Democrats that makes me crazy. Take one thing that happened or one issue that was important to you decades ago and use it shape everything else about that legislator for the rest of your life.

      And, in your case, it's because you think a company should have been allowed to maintain a monopoly.

      Unreal.

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      by Eclectablog on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 04:24:48 AM PST

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      •  You really do not understand (0+ / 0-)

        Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

        by LWelsch on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 04:38:55 AM PST

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        •  Economics says that prices are lower (1+ / 0-)
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          incentives are higher, quality is higher, and technological advance is higher when there's more competition. Seems to me to be the case nowadays with the rapid expansion into 3G and soon 4G networks and more and more advanced phones, with everyone trying to outdo each other.

          "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread". -Alexnader Pope

          by ArkDem14 on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 02:09:17 PM PST

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        •  That's totally true (0+ / 0-)

          I completely do not understand.

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          by Eclectablog on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 07:01:22 PM PST

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