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Subject: CITI SAVE THE DATE: 20 YEARS AFTER THE BREAK-UP Date: Mon,
17 Nov 2003 21:01:37 -0500 From: "CITI, Columbia Univ."
<[log in to unmask]> Organization: Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
To: "W. Curtiss Priest, Ph.D." <[log in to unmask]>

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COLUMBIA INSTITUTE FOR TELE-INFORMATION
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20 YEARS AFTER THE BREAK-UP:

EVALUATING THE BREAK-UP OF THE BELL SYSTEM ON THE 2Oth ANNIVERSARY OF
DIVESTITURE

A Roundtable Discussion at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
(CITI)

Friday, December 19, 2003 1:30 - 4:00 pm 141 Uris Hall, Columbia
Business School New York

NO FEE BUT REGISTRATION REQUIRED

On January 1, 1984 the antitrust Consent Decree between the U.S.
Department of Justice and AT&T resulted in the Divestiture (or
break-up) of the unified Bell System. The telecommunications industry
in the United States, and probably the world, was radically changed.

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of this momentous event, CITI has
invited a panel of experts who played important roles in the reshaping
of the telecom landscape to evaluate the Divestiture. They will
consider questions such as:

 What was the break-up intended to do and how successful has it been
in achieving the intended goals?

 What other resolutions to the antitrust litigation were considered
and, in retrospect, would any have been better? Or worse?

 What have been the unanticipated consequences of the break-up?

 Is the legal theory upon which the antitrust case was based still
valid today?

 If allegations similar to those made against the unified Bell System
were raised today, what might the outcome be? What should it be?

 Overall, was the break-up worth it?

 Are there lessons for today?s telecom environment? For other
countries?

Many of the panelists contributed to a 1991 book entitled ?After the
Break-Up: Assessing the New Post-AT&T Divestiture Era? (edited by
Barry Cole). Further details, including a final list of panelists,
will be made available on the CITI website shortly.

There is NO FEE for this event but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ASSURE
SEATING.

To RSVP, please e-mail [log in to unmask], or call 212-854-4222

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           W. Curtiss Priest, Director, CITS
   Research Affiliate, Comparative Media Studies, MIT
      Center for Information, Technology & Society
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