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Oct 25 2007   12:01PM GMT

Overheard: Verizon and AT&T

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

stephen-wildstrom.jpg “The fact is, the old Bell system that was broken up 25 years ago has reassembled itself into a duopoly that dominates the Internet backbone and both landline and wireless phone service. Verizon and AT&T are also among the largest Internet service providers. The old, overregulated AT&T was hostile to innovation, but as stodgy as it was, it saw itself as the steward of a public trust. The company’s lightly regulated successors view the world quite differently.”

Stephen Wildstrom, Get Your Hands Off the Web

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