Profile America: Telephone Monopoly 

Friday, January 6 — The nation’s telephone service options changed dramatically 35 years ago this month, when AT&T complied with a Justice Department mandate to give up its local Bell System companies. The action came as the result of what has been termed the most significant antitrust suit since the breakup of Standard Oil in 1911. From the late 19th century,  After the breakup, competitive forces have shaped the industry in the move to its current high tech status. Of America’s roughly 118 million housing units occupied by owners or renters, just under 3 million, or about 2.5 percent, have no telephone service available. 

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