A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 21, 1983

This week's cover story, on the impending breakup of AT&T and the telecommunications revolution that is both a part and a result of this event, was written by Associate Editor John S. DeMott and reported largely by New York-based Correspondent Bruce van Voorst. A nine-year veteran of TIME who specializes in business and economics stories, DeMott was particularly pleased with the assignment because it permitted him to deal with a lifelong passion. "I've been fascinated by communications ever since I was a kid with two tin cans and a taut string between them,"...

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