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Inland Press Group Joins Anti-RBOC Chorus: Tribune Co. Chief Charles Brumback Delivers 'Bell Ringer' Speech; Urges Publishers to Call Congressmen to Urge Support of Cooper Bill

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Inland Press Group Joins Anti-RBOC Chorus: Tribune Co. Chief Charles Brumback Delivers 'Bell Ringer' Speech; Urges Publishers to Call Congressmen to Urge Support of Cooper Bill

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Inland press group joins anti-RBOC chorus

Inland Press Association joined the growing number of newspaper associations urging Congress to keep the Baby Bells out of the electronic information business so long as they remain telephone monopolies.

Inland's unanimous vote at its annual business meeting to support the so-called Cooper Bill followed a "Bell Ringer" speech to the group's 106th annual convention in Chicago by Tribune Company president and chief executive officer Charles T. Brumback.

"Today there is one top priority issue for newspapers in America," Brumback declared. "It is a |Bellringer.' It is the question of whether a legal monopoly will be given free rein to dominate telecommunications, or whether it will be made to compete on a level playing field."

Brumback portrayed the regional Bell operating companies (RBOCs) as threatening to "exercise staggering power over what information is transmitted and received anywhere, anytime, anyhow in America."

Given their anti-competitive histories, he said, RBOCs permitted into electronic information businesses are virtually certain to subsidize those businesses with guaranteed monopoly profits, and to strangle competitors financially and technically.

"They could virtually obliterate the personal privacy of telephone communications in America - for fun and profit."

Brumback was one of several major newspaper industry figures who have been making the rounds of association meetings in the days before the congressional hearings on H.R. 3515, sponsored by U. …

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