what it deemed were violations of the Sherman antitrust provisions and to force a
restructuring of the Bell system. The DOJ pursued its course relentlessly; it, too,
was largely undeterred by congressional action. A rather self-conscious Congress
entered the policy fray belatedly and set out to seize the policy initiative by
rewriting the 1934 Communications Act and preempting the efforts of the FCC
and the DOJ. Although Congress had the advantage of statutory prerogative, in
the end it was an institution without a clear, deliberate, and manageable goal.
Prevailing policy initiative came from the DOJ with the January 1982
announcement of the proposed settlement of its antitrust case against AT&T.
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House. The Communications Act of 1978. Vol. II, pt. 2, pp. 275-342.
Testimonies and prepared statements of Orville Wright and Herbert N. Jasper, Ad Hoc
Committee for Competition in Telecommunications.
House. The Communications Act of 1978. Vol. II, pt. 1, p. 415. Testimony
of William McGowan, Chairman of MCI.
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14 Ibid., pp. 396-451. Testimony and material submitted for the record by Nicholas Johnson, National Citizens Communications Lobby. 15
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Book title: The Making of Energy and Telecommunications Policy.
Contributors: Georgia A. Persons - Author.
Publisher: Praeger Publishers.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1995.
Page number: 132.
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