Tearing Down the Walls in Telecom

In a few years, it will be a sectorless industry, with phone, cable, and even power companies all selling the same communications services

Just four years ago, the world of communications was reassuringly compartmentalized: Customers bought cell-phone service from a wireless phone carrier. Pay TV came from a cable or a satellite company. Local-phone service was provided by -- what else? -- a local-phone company. And Internet access came from an Internet service provider.

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