chapter  6
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Expanded Cable and Open Video Systems: Establishing a Blueprint for Broadband Residential Services

Historically, the world's leading PT&T companies have enjoyed a unique monopoly position as the providers of traditional telephone service. Among developed nations, telephone communications touches virtually all phases of business activity. On January I, 1984, the divestiture of AT&T in the United States caused an economic rippling effect felt around the world. The breakup of AT&T heralded an irreversible change that was about to take place in the field of international telecommunications. Private and government-supported telephone monopolies would no longer be assured protection from outside competition.