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Keep the net open and unregulated
Keep the net open and unregulated

On March 26, 1979, AT&T security personnel in the company of Maryland State troopers raided A.A. Answering Telephone Service in Bel Air. It was my business and my home. Police confiscated electronic equipment I had been using to provide flat rate long distance service to 150 local customers since 1976. Immediately after the raid, AT&T which was operating in my area as the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, sent notices to each of my customers advising them that their answering service would be disconnected in 30 days. AT&T's complaint against me was my little company was competing with the monopoly for their telephone business. Though I tried, I did not have the financial...

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