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Justice says it supports an FCC proposal.

April 11, 1985

The FCC's proposal would allow AT&T to sell telephones directly to individual and business customers. Under a 1980 decision, the FCC had required AT&T to sell customer-premises equipment, such as phones and switchboards, through a subsidiary separate from its basic regulated communications services. The FCC now has proposed to relieve AT&T of the separate subsidiary requirement for providing basic telephone service. "We believe the time has come for the commission to lift the requirement that AT&T provide customer-premise equipment through a separate subsidiary," said Charles F. Rule, acting assistant attorney general in charge of the antitrust division.

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