61 Fed. Comm. L.J. [i] (2008-2009)

handle is hein.journals/fedcom61 and id is 1 raw text is: *           COMMUNICATIONS
LAW JOURNAL
Formerly
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS BAR JOURNAL
VOLUME 61                   DECEMBER 2008                     NUMBER 1
Introduction
The Enduring Lessons of the Breakup of AT&T: A Twenty-Five
Year Retrospective
By  Christopher  S. Y oo  .............................................................................. 1
Articles and Essays
The Decline and Fall of AT&T: A Personal Recollection
By  Hon. Richard  A . Posner ..................................................................... 11
In his luncheon talk at the conference, presented here in slightly revised form,
Judge Posner discusses his personal involvement with the events that led up the
Justice Department's major antitrust suit against AT&T that culminated in the
breakup of the telephone monopoly. The stages of his involvement included
participation  in the work  of President Johnson's Task   Force  on
Communications Policy, consulting for AT&T in the lawsuit itself, and his
negative advice to the chairman of AT&T on the latter's plans to enter the
computer industry.
The Bell System Divestiture: Background, Implementation, and
Outcome
By  Joseph  H . W eber ..........................................................................   21
By 1982, the Bell System had operated an integrated telecommunications
network connecting almost everyone in the United States for almost 100 years.
That system had been designed and operated as a monopoly, but by the 1960s,
new technologies were being developed which led to pressure to allow
competitive entry. After many incremental changes, the Bell System
divestiture--complete separation of long-distance service and manufacturing
fiom local service provision-was finally adopted as a way of implementing
this transition. Divestiture was complex and costly. Although service levels
were largely maintained, much litigation ensued as competitors jockeyed for
market position. In the end, additional new technologies finally allowed
competitive markets to develop.

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