WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Friday, January 6th. The nation's telephone service options changed dramatically 35 years ago this month, 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 in the move to its current high tech status. Of America's roughly 118 million housing units occupied by owners or renters, just under 3 million, or about 2.5 percent, have no telephone service available. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
Breaking the monopoly/accessed 11/9/2016: http://www.beatriceco.com/bti/porticus/bell/whatkilledmabell.html
Phone service/American Community Survey: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/DP04
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by 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 "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau