Telecommunications: Ganging Up on Old Ma

Ganging Up on Old Ma

Ever since the breakup of AT&T two years ago, the seven regional phone companies known as Baby Bells have enjoyed an amicable relationship with their onetime parent. Last week it was announced that the kids would gang up for the first time against the former Ma Bell. The Baby Bells have joined with Martin Marietta, the aerospace manufacturer, to bid against AT&T for an enormous prize: a federal telecommunications contract worth some $4.5 billion over ten years. AT&T has been the leading contractor on the account since 1963. The contract, which involves upgrading the Government phone system to transmit data and...

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