Originally Posted by PBG4 Dude
ATT doesn't know the meaning of keeping pace. This is the co. (Ma Bell anyone?) that only offered rotary dial until it was broken up by the US Gov't. for being a monopoly.
It wasn't broken up BECAUSE it was a monopoly. It was broken up because it was felt that smaller companies would be more nimble in upgrading. It was a very complex issue. The government had encouraged that monopoly for decades. But when the company resisted changing some long held rules, the government stepped in.
There were Touch Tone button phones LONG before the government stepped in. Over a decade before. In the early '60's.
The crisis began with the rules for allowing fax machines, and came to a head with modems, and owning your own "feature" phone.
Until much later, the monopoly of AT&T was considered to be one main reason why the US had the best phone system in the world, and the largest. While Europeans were dealing with a lot of small, and not always compatible systems, the one here, and in Canada, which followed our standards, was the leader in quality and reliability.
One reason why Europe and other areas caught on to cell phones in such a big way faster than we did was that fact. Their landlines weren't as good. This was far cheaper to implement that having a major overhaul of all those nationally based systems.
Poorer countries from the Eastern block, with really poor systems were especially eager to get cell.
The same thing is true in many other areas of the world. In some areas, such as parts of Africa, Central and South America and parts of Asia, the stealing of the copper landlines were such a big problem that the phone companies often gave up in moving service out of big cities.
I know some people are not going to like what I wrote, but it can be looked up using Google.