Consumer Confidential: Killing Robocalls Is Easier Said Than Done

Want to know who’s to blame for all those annoying robocalls during dinner? Nathan Kingsbury, that’s who. He was the AT&T vice president who signed his name to a 1913 letter pledging that the company would open its network to other phone services. The so-called Kingsbury Commitment settled an antitrust case brought by the federal government and paved the way for the modern phone system. “Because of Kingsbury, we were able to have...

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