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Re: Who Carries TV Signals and Long Distance Today?

Jim Haynes (
Fri, 22 Oct 2004 16:45:31 GMT

A related question: Western Union built a transcontinental microwave
network, but I guess they never succeeded in capturing any TV
business. So they had more bandwidth than needed for the telegraph
business. Perhaps they couldn't get the TV business because their
microwave system didn't go to enough places.

Had they been so inclined, I guess they could have done what MCI did
and use their microwave capacity to compete with AT&T for private line
service on the heavily traveled routes. MCI had to go through
protracted legal battles to get AT&T to connect their customers to
their offices. Perhaps W.U. didn't have the stomach or funds to take
on that kind of fight. Or perhaps W.U. sided with AT&T, they both
being members of the "club" of common carriers and intending to keep
MCI or anyone else from joining the club.

Comments, anyone?

jhhaynes at earthlink dot net

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