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Decide, Stay and Dissent

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Decide, Stay and Dissent

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Decide, stay and dissent

Judge Harold H. Greene covered it all. He lifted the legal bar that had prevented the seven regional Baby Bell telephone companies from offering information services, as he virtually had been ordered to by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last year when it directed him to reconsider his position on ownership of information services.

Then, as if to express his disdain for this maneuver, he blocked his ruling from taking effect until all appeals have been exhausted.

He accompanied this with his own dissent from the ruling:

"It would hardly make sense or be in the public interest to cancel an important part of an antitrust decree forged after several decades of on-and-off litigation, and turn a key ingredient of the emerging information society over to corporations who not so long ago were involved in major violations of the antitrust laws, and who even now seem ready to engage in anti-competitive practices whenever the opportunity therefore presents itself."

The Bell companies control five-sixths of the nation's telephone systems. …

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