jim jim at well.com
Wed Jan 21 19:04:42 PST 2015

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     My understanding is that originally, post-
Edison, lots of small businesses got into the
phone service business. After a while, AT&T
won big, putting most of the competition
out of business (by crushing or buying or
whatever), but a few phone service
businesses survived and still provide
service (in remote, low-profit areas).
     Naturally, the original businesses had to
provide wiring, and that wiring still exists.

     In most areas, AT&T provided wiring,
although ownership fell to the Regional
Bell Operating Companies after the trial
when AT&T chose to abandon telephone
service in favor of being in the "computer
     Nowadays, I believe AT&T has made
deals with the RBOCS to use the copper
wires (and fibre that's become the
backbone). I've heard bad things about
AT&T's treatment of subscribers, mainly
making escape difficult.

On 01/21/2015 06:43 PM, Alex Kleider wrote:
> On 2015-01-21 16:40, Bobbie Sellers wrote:
>> First entry on Google
>> In the United States, a CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) is a
>> telephone company that competes with the already established local
>> telephone business by providing its own network and switching.
>> Not knowing was intolerable
>> Bobbie
> And it's own wiring system?
> i.e. the line (twisted pair) that comes from the street to a 
> residence, or in one of my cases, a floating home.

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