The Lessons Of The At&T Breakup

It's 1981, and the Justice Dept. has a technology powerhouse tied up in knots as it tries to prove antitrust violations. Charles L. "Charlie" Brown, the chairman of American Telephone & Telegraph Co., can't understand why the government is picking on a company that has given the U.S. the world's best telephone service. While foes describe AT&T as a monopolistic bully, its friends warn that breaking up Ma Bell would fragment the nation's infrastructure.

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