Newspaper Publishers Aren't Budging On The Bells

In "The Baby Bells are making their mama nervous" (Washington Outlook, Aug. 26), it was stated that "lobbyists now expect the Bells to cut a deal with the American Newspaper Publishers Assn." under which they would accept modest curbs on entry into information services in return for a neutral stance by the ANPA on Baby Bell efforts to enter the equipment business.

On the day Judge Harold Greene ruled, I said: "The bar against the regional Bell operating companies entering information services is as necessary today as it was when imposed by the court in 1984." Neither I nor the ANPA has changed that view.

Cathleen Black, CEO

American Newspaper Publishers Assn.