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Life Without Massachusetts Bell (Part I) #302236

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 07, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Scenes from movie "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell" shown courtesy 20th Century Fox. Phone service since last year `s breakup of American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) examined. [PEOPLE - list complaints.] CBS "News-New York Times" Poll outlined on screen, discussed. [Consumer advocate Samuel SIMON - notes culture's dependence on phones.] Phone company s defense of rate hikes cited. [Federal Communications Commission spokesperson Bert HALPRIN - notes human resistance to fee hikes.] Range of service quality illustrated on map. [American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) spokesperson Edward BLOCK - acknowledges consumers don't benefit equally.] Econ. impact on American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) of new competition discussed. [Consumers' Checkbook spokesperson Robert KRUGHOFF - notes benefits of his service.]
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan

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