Reply to post: Re: Good luck with getting the American Telcos to Play Nice

That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT

Alan Brown Silver badge

Re: Good luck with getting the American Telcos to Play Nice

"Yeah now imagine how insufferable life would be if the US hadn't broken up the AT&T monopoly."

A Monopoly which has almost completely reassembled itself (those 2 companies are AT&T reborn and the only reason they don't merge is to avoid anti-trust laws), no longer has to provide customer premises equipment and no longer has the pesky "universal service to all" obligations imposed by a 1935 antitrust settlement.

Don't forget that in many/most states, outsiders _can't_ compete, as they have legislated monopolies - granted in exchange for promises of massive infrastructure reinvestment which got cancelled almost as soon as the monoplies were granted.

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