A comprehensive examination of the events that led to the Bell System breakup. . . . Argues that divestiture was the culmination of a long process of change in telecommunications policy that began several decades ago. Associates new technologies, economic pressure, and social and political developments as the driving stimulus inducing a change that was a process of gradual evolution rather than programmed revolution in national telecommunications policies. Journal of Economic Literature
This book presents, for the first time, a complete history of the events that led to the breakup of the Bell System on January 1, 1984. Henck and Strassburg, each of whom has a lifetime of experience in the telecommunications field, correct the popular misconception that the divestiture of AT&T was an isolated event which by itself brought about the confusion and occasional chaos besetting the average telephone user. Rather, they demonstrate, it was the culmination of a process of change in telecommunications policy that began several decades ago.
Preface The Way It Was Making It Through the War The First Chinks in the Dike The Courts Take a Hand The Surveillance Continues The Tariff Solution Congress in Orbit The Bigger They Come "Cats and Dogs" The FCC Goes Public The End of End-to-End Open Markets and Open Skies The Philadelphia Story By Any Other Name From ENFIA to Access Always the Defendant The Bell Bill and Others See You in Court The World Changes "Czar Harold" Outlook: Strassburg Epilogue: Henck