This Gas Pipeline Is Poking Into At&T's Turf

Telephone calls and natural gas may have nothing in common, but for a long time, Williams Cos. sold both in the same no-frills way. While the big three long-distance carriers spewed out new services, billing plans, and advertising programs, the Tulsa-based gas-pipeline company, which owns the nation's fourth-largest fiber-optic network, quietly built up a business wholesaling long-distance circuits to other carriers and to a few large companies.

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