Comment: 1914 ~ Attorney General informed all phone records go to ATT

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1914 ~ Attorney General informed all phone records go to ATT


Brief History: The Bell System ~ ATT Monopoly
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1914 ATT Letter to US Attorney General Taken Control of all long distance phone business.
AT&T Annual Report, 1914. Government regulation is "independent, intelligent, considerate, thorough and just," as an appropriate and acceptable substitute for the competitive marketplace. The United States government accepted this principle, initially in a 1913 agreement known as the Kingsbury Commitment. At several later points, as political philosophy evolved, federal administrations investigated the telephone monopoly in light of general antitrust law and alleged company abuses. One notable result was an anti-trust suit filed in 1949, which led in 1956 to a consent decree signed by AT&T and Department of Justice...

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