Mergers are good for customers?

by Roger Weeks

Every time a former Bell company has merged with yet another former Bell company in the last 10 years:

SBC merges with Ameritech
SBC merges with Pacific Bell
SBC merges with AT&T
(anyone seeing a pattern here?)
Bell Atlantic merges with GTE
Bell Atlantic merges with NYNEX, becomes Verizon

When each of these mergers happened, each company would trot out its press flacks, its CEOs and other assorted fish-faces, and they would all basically say the same thing: