WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, January 8th. The nation's telephone service options changed forever on this date 32 years ago when AT&T complied with a Justice Department mandate to give up its local Bell System companies. The action came as the result of what has been termed the most significant antitrust suit since the breakup of Standard Oil in 1911. From the late 19th century, the virtual monopoly of what had come to be known as "Ma Bell" controlled America's telephone equipment and lines. After the breakup, competitive forces have shaped the industry. Of America's roughly 115 million housing units occupied by owners or renters, 112 million, or over 97 percent, have telephone service, either cellular or landline. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau