Letting Loose Some Monsters

The breakup of the phone system has so far produced mainly problems

When the Bell System was broken up on New Year's Day, no one expected immediate technological or managerial miracles. In that sense, no one has been disappointed. Nearly four months after Bell was turned into a new American Telephone & Telegraph and seven regional holding companies responsible for local phone service, the rewards of divestiture remain chiefly a promise, while the problems are as complex and acute as ever.

Many Americans seem to feel dismay over the whole breakup and are irritated by...

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