Can Judge Greene Pacify The Baby Bells?

When a company settles a federal lawsuit, there's ordinarily a decent interval before the fighting resumes. Not so in the phone business. As soon as the Bell System was dissolved in 1984, the seven regional phone companies born of the breakup began maneuvering for relief. What Baby Bell lawyers and lobbyists lack in flair, they more than make up for in doggedness. Indeed, says William L. Weiss, chairman of Ameritech, the Chicago-based Baby Bell, their tactics are "almost like the Chinese water torture: drop, drop, drop."

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