A Big Break For Small Operators?

In the debate over telecommunications reform that has been going on in Washington all year, it's easy to assume that the argument is one between a handful of corporate behemoths fighting for the right to add billions of dollars to their already bulging coffers. On one side of the fight to open up telephone calling to greater competition are the seven huge regional Bell operating companies (rbocs), which control some 98% of local phone markets in this country. On the other side are the three long-distance giants--at&t, mci Communications, and Sprint, which together carry 90% of all toll calls.

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