Fred Atk>> AT&T used to do what it pleased all the time. Do you remember the >> result of that? > Good phone service and Bell Labs. > TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Touche! and all that ... But the main > trouble with that was Bell *tried* to have good PR but in fact they > sucked at it. Remember, the entire divestiture thing succeeded in > large part because Judge Harold Greene lost ten cents in a nasty, > smelly, urinated-on, busted-up, graffiti-ridden payphone booth and the > operator sassed at him and condescended to him about getting a refund > when the phone did not 'work right'. Greene was *so annoyed* by that > incident he swore that he would bust up Bell no matter what. Only a > short time later, two of the Justice Department flunkies who knew > about Greene's experience and his pre-disposition toward Bell told > their bosses they knew of the 'perfect judge' to do their > bidding. Justice, you see, was waiting for the right judge at the > right time; they did not like Bell that much either. I dare say that > had Bell been a bit more diligent in PR efforts during the late 1970's > and early 1980's they might still be around. Maybe, I am not sure. PAT]
No doubt that DOJ shopped the judge. It's still done all the time.
I didn't know that about Greene though, that's too funny. So because this jackass couldn't let go of a dime we all get to pay higher phone costs. Is he still alive? Maybe we should sentence him to a hell of dirty, broken phones and high phone bills for his remaining days.[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: No, Greene died a few years ago. Greene and his ten-cent coin which he did not want to give up were only a small, and perhaps insignificant part of the divestiture. PAT]