The Fall of the Bell System: A Study in Prices and Politics

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Cambridge University Press, 25 dec. 1987 - 378 sidor
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AT&T's divestiture was the largest corporate reorganization in history and has had international repercussions. It was a major development in American economic policy, and a prominent part of the deregulation movement of the late 1970s. This study reveals the internal decision-making process at AT&T and explains how private and public interests combined to shape corporate and public policy in late 20th-century America. Temin weaves the strands of politics, economics, business, and law into an accessible narrative history that will be of interest to the general reader who wants to know about government business interaction and how it affects American citizens. Temin portrays divestiture as a great experiment in public policy, competition, openness, and international policy. He concludes that the experiment has been a mix of deliberate design and uncontrollable forces whose outcome was not foreseen.
 

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This history recounts the internal debates, court cases, regulatory decisions, and legislative initiatives that led to the breakup of the Bell System. Temin (economics, MIT) and Galambos (history ... Läs hela recensionen

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Setting the stage
9
Separations
19
Competition comes to the Bell System
28
Quickening change
41
ATT under fire
57
Action and reaction
70
The Bell System responds
85
Antitrust crossfire
99
the Chinese menu
200
Reaching agreement
217
the Senate
235
The telephone hook
249
Brown and Baxter play the final hand
263
Creating the new order
277
The Plan of Reorganization
291
Access charges
306

The conflict broadens
113
Competition in message toll service
131
ATTs internal ferment
142
Fighting on all fronts
160
the House
175
The Second Computer Inquiry
191
ATT reborn
318
Reflections
336
The impact of divestiture
353
Index
367
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