WASHINGTON — Someone at the phone company made the wrong choice. And they picked the wrong guy.
William G. McGowan, chairman of MCI Communications, the big long-distance company, has just been told the phone at his summer home has been connected to archrival GTE-Sprint.
Like most Americans, McGowan was asked to choose a long-distance telephone company as part of the nationwide program to give customers freedom of choice as to their preferred long-distance carrier. Customers who don't make a selection are then randomly assigned a long-distance service.
GTE says the computer allocated McGowan's number to GTE-Sprint.
Sent Last December
John Ridgeway, area manager for Continental Telephone, the local phone company at Virginia Beach, Va., that made the connection, checked the records at MCI's request and confirmed that ballots were returned for both of McGowan's lines way back last December