The Rumblings Of A Phone War

The battle is heating up between AT&T and its offspring. The latest skirmish is in Illinois, where AT&T filed the first of what it says will be several state proposals outlining the conditions it feels are necessary if local phone service is to be competitive. AT&T isn't proposing to compete in local service yet, but the filings are seen as a prelude to such a move. The Baby Bells have counter moves planned. Ameritech, whose territory includes Illinois, has filed a similar plan for local competition--in return for which it wants the right to compete with AT&T and others in long distance.

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