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August 16, 1996

NEWS IN BRIEF: BT FIGHTS FOR ITS FAMOUS RED TELEPHONE BOXES

By CBR Staff Writer

A fight over who has the right to use the UK’s famous cast iron telephone boxes reached stalemate on yesterday, reports Reuter, when British Telecommunications Plc, which rashly abandoned the objects of desire in the mid-1980s and has lately thought better of it, and a rival company, New World Payphones Ltd, had to promise not to install any more. The latter has installed about 100 of the red kiosks – and painted them in green, the color of the British Telecom box on London’s Embankment outside the Institute of Electrical Engineers. British Telecom has taken the company to the High Court to dispute its use of the kiosks for its phones.

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