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November 30, 1987

ATT&T SPIN-OFFS EAGER TO CUT DEALS

By CBR Staff Writer

Following Judge Greene’s ruling in September that they could become intermediaries on behalf of electronic information providers, all seven of the regional phone companies spun off from AT&T have been rushing around trying to cut deals with the likes of Compuserve, reports the Wall Street Journal: at present database services are primarly the province of business, but the Bells see an enormous potential market in delivering information to the fireside market; some deals are more down to earth however – the Journal reports that Ameritech is taking to local water companies about using the phone lines to collect the data from water meters.

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