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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Monday, March 06, 2006

The larger, stronger Ma Bell...?

This is certainly going to be a story to watch. I was only a lad when the 'baby bells' were formed in 1984, so I'm not very familiar with that chapter of anti-trust history. But if, just twenty years later, some of these companies are trying to resurrect themselves with Internet and cell phone communication thrown in for good measure, we're in trouble. Especially under an administration who never met a monopoly it didn't like.

AT&T and BellSouth, two of the largest telecom companies, just announced plans to merge into a media monopoly. (. . .) The merger resurrects the Ma Bell monopoly that was busted up in 1984. But it's far worse today. These companies no longer just control telephone calls. They want to become gatekeepers to all digital media -- television, telephone and Internet -- at prices that many Americans can't afford.

The above is from a e-mail. The link is to a site mentioned in the message. This is biased stuff, of course, but I'll post news about the issue as I come across it.