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Telephone Service Changes (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-10-22

Duration: 00:07:21

Subjects: Public utilities | Telephone | Local telephone service | Long distance telephone service | American Telephone and Telegraph Company | SOUTH CENTRAL BELL | Louisiana Public Service Commission


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Nash, Jere Interviewee
  • Quinn, Louis Interviewee
  • Wright, Charles Interviewee


This segment from the October 22, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the impact of the divestiture of AT&T on consumers’ telephone service. Due to an FCC decision and a federal court agreement, AT&T is being forced to give up its 22 local companies, including South Central Bell, which will allow consumers to choose where to purchase their telephone equipment and long distance service. This report also touches on the role of the Louisiana Public Service Commission in regulating the rates of local phone service. Host: Beth George