On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 092:55 -0400, Tim Slattery wrote: > "Whistleblower" <Justice@USA.con> wrote: >>BEWARE OF and AVOID doing business with AT&T! >> >>AT&T exemplifies screw-the-consumer corporate arrogance at its worst. >>DO NOT PATRONIZE AT&T or YOU'LL REGRET IT! > What's now called AT&T is actually Southwestern Bell. They bought what > was left of AT&T a few years ago and renamed their company. > > SWB has a long history of screw-the-customer practices. I have no > doubt that everything you say is true. A. SWBT is one of the RBOCs resulting from the divestiture of the AT&T ILEC business in 1984. B. SWBT re-branded itself as, "SBC". C. As "SBC", the company bought two of its sister RBOCs (Ameritech and The Pacific Telesis Group); along with an independent regional ILEC (Southern New England Telephone), and an ISP (Prodigy). After all of that, did SBC buy AT&T. And re-brand itself one more time; as, "AT&T". And finally bought the last of its sister RBOCs, Bellsouth. Even after AT&T was broken up in 1984, management of the RBOCs was old school AT&T. And the Ernestine model of the business is still practiced at all three of the remaining "Baby Bells" (AT&T (re-branded SBC), Qwest, and Verizon): "We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Telephone Company!" -- Norman ~Shine, bright morning light, ~now in the air the spring is coming. ~Sweet, blowing wind, ~singing down the hills and valleys.