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Our Opinion: ‘Dropped calls’ hurt outstate biz

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Ma Bell must be rolling over in her grave.

Until it was broken up by the federal government in 1984, the monolithic AT&T had a monopoly on local and long distance phone service in the United States.

The phone system in this country worked, whether you were calling New York or Detroit Lakes, the calls went through.

Not anymore.

For the past few years, long-distance calls coming into rural Minnesota stores and homes have been unreliable.

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