Titanic Telecommunications

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James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law

Date Written: 1996


Telecommunications law as we know it was born on January 1, 1984. On that day, the Modified Final Judgment (MFJ) in United States v. AT&T Co. simultaneously killed the largest corporation in the world and created a new telecommunications industry. As the Bell divestiture decree fades into history, the MFJ itself has collapsed. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 heralds a new, mercurial sort of competition. In this altered landscape, the battle will go to the swift and the strong, to the blessed and the enlightened, and most of all to the relentlessly resourceful. In this age of imperfect competition, place your bet with Hermes: speedster nonpareil, messenger of the gods, deity of science and commerce — and patron of travelers, rogues, vagabonds, and thieves.

Suggested Citation

Chen, James Ming, Titanic Telecommunications (1996). Southwestern University Law Review, Vol. 25, 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2347349

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