August 10, 2001

Baby Bell breakup movement gains ground

Author: JT Smith

1984 all over again -- no, not the book, the breakup of the Bell System in the United States. "The idea of a Bell breakup has become a rallying point for rivals and critics of the giants, who
allege that Verizon Communications, SBC Communications, BellSouth and Qwest Communications
International have abused their control of the networks.

With a bill introduced in
Congress last week, new fuel
is being added to the breakup
fire. Few expect the measure
to pass this year, as it has
become part of a tense
congressional tug-of-war
between Bell allies and
enemies. But it is shining a
light on the ongoing criticism
of some of the most powerful
players in the communications

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