July 31, 1991 |
What is the difference between a PC and a telephone? These days plenty, but the Bell Operating Cos. want to turn both into ubiquitous information tools. Last week, the Baby Bells took a big step closer to this goal when U.S. District Judge Harold Greene granted them permission to enter the information services business.
August 26, 1993 |
If you listened very carefully when U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III freed the Baby Bells to offer video services over their own phone lines, you could just make out Ethel Merman singing, "There's No Business Like Show Business." The only folks more thrilled with the ruling than the seven Baby Bells are the peddlers and packagers at CAA, ICM and the William Morris Agency--and so they should be.
December 23, 1998 |
In a victory for government regulators, an appeals court Tuesday upheld a law forcing the nation's biggest local phone companies to meet special requirements before they can offer long-distance service to their customers. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is significant because it means the nation's five regional Bell telephone companies will continue to face tough standards as they try to get into the $90-billion long-distance market.
May 17, 1992 |
Generally speaking, I think it's best to avoid nostalgia. It just makes you sad. A few days ago I was talking to a friend of mine about our childhoods, and somehow the conversation got around to what happened back then when the telephone broke. "You went next door and dialed--what was it? 211?" he said. And the next day the phone truck would come down the street, I said. "And the guy driving it would be wearing a yellow hard hat with a drawing of a bell on it," my friend said.
October 7, 1997 |
GTE Corp. filed an antitrust suit against five regional Bell telephone companies and two leading Internet companies for allegedly squeezing GTE and other rivals out of the Internet Yellow Pages market. GTE, a Stamford, Conn.-based telecommunications group, asked the federal court in Washington, D.C., to bar the Baby Bells from continuing to offer their joint Internet Yellow Pages product. The suit also asked the court to order Internet access providers Netscape Communications Corp.
June 22, 2002 |
Verizon Communications Inc.'s Bell Atlantic unit and other Baby Bell local telephone companies may be subject to federal antitrust suits by consumers complaining of inferior service, a U.S. appeals court ruled. The decision by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals opens the Baby Bells to lawsuits by retail customers who may collect triple damages if they succeed. Until now, only competitors were allowed to bring antitrust claims over poor service against companies such as Verizon, the biggest U.