Telephone users and hobbyists alike mostly agree that Divestiture was a terrible mistake. This terrible mistake, yet to be rectified, cost America billions and destroyed the world’s best telephone system. We believe that all mistakes can be rectified, including Divestiture. Today’s landline telephone service is failing, in terms of both quality and extent of provision. The Bell System Board’s Reinstatement Plan lays out a framework for the reinstatement of the Bell System. Of course, this is a work-in-progress:
Because American Telephone & Telegraph Corporation (AT&T) is unlikely to relinquish their corporate trademark, we propose the head of the reinstated Bell System be American Bell, the original head of the Bell System (until 1899). While we would ideally like to keep the AT&T corporate umbrella insofar as it pertains to landlines, AT&T’s negative post-Divestiture publicity as well as AT&T itself will likely prevent us from doing so.
The reinstated Bell System will only provide analog, copper landline service. It will not concern itself with digital services, television, Internet Service Provision, Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service, or satellite and cellular phone services.
- Reliable, affordable landline telephone service is quickly becoming a thing of a past. Competition has made the provision of landline service costlier for both the supplier and the customer, and most telecommunications companies are promoting alternatives at the expense of their neglected landline services. Today’s system of providing landline service simply does not work and does not favor either the provider or the customer. The reinstated Bell System will focus on landlines first, not last.
- Analog service provided over copper wires is the most reliable method of transmission and provides the highest voice quality. Digital systems are being pushed by most telecommunications companies today that will not work in power outages and suffer from poor call quality.
- The ability to use rotary telephones and pulse dialing is contingent on analog service.
- The availability of payphones has waned since the turn of the millennium due to mobile phone proliferation. Our payphone sector will be in indirect competition with the wireless industry.
- Growing popularity of wireless has caused the public to abandoned traditional wireline service. We will run Public Service Announcements and health campaigns that educate the public by exposing the health risks of wireless technologies that telecommunications corporations are unwilling to disclose in the name of profits.
- Under the new Bell System, landline service will be our primary service, not one that is merely provided because we are the Carrier of Last Resort.
- Bell System Profits will be used to improve infrastructure and lower costs for the customer.
- Government deregulation of Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) and the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) has reduced incentives for telecommunications companies to continue providing traditional wireline telephone service. If we don’t acquire their landlines to continue providing service, who will?
Reinstatement will involve:
- Working with AT&T, the government, the FCC, and other large telecommunications corporations
- Purchasing or acquiring rights from AT&T to:
- Purchasing as much copper landline infrastructure as possible, including that of AT&T’s, in the United States as well as other countries. We believe that this is in the best interest of both buyer (us) and seller as most telecommunications companies are finding their landline assets to be less profitable than desired.
- Purchasing internet domain-names that will adequately suit the new Bell System’s Internet presence.
The objectives of the Reinstatement of the Bell System are to:
- Efficiently and safely provide universal, reliable analog, copper landline services
- Safeguard landline telephone infrastructure
- Enhance provision of public telephones (payphones) to meet the need of the public’s on-the-go communication needs without requiring the user of customer-owned equipment. And yes, we’ll put the Mojave Phone Booth back!
- Reduce the need for wireless communication in order to reduce the amount of man-made electromagnetic radiation
- Reduce the number of wireless and cellular antennas in order to restore environments to a healthier condition
- Reinstate the public’s ability to send legacy telegrams. All telegrams will be sent by telegraphists who are certified in American and International Morse Code, although either traditional keys or teletype telegraphs may be used, depending on the central office. All Bell System telegraphists are members of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).
- Forge good public relations as the original Bell System did
- Reestablish Bell Labs as the world’s premiere research and development organization
- Meet the needs of the US Government’s military
- Reregulate landline oversight in the absence of US FCC regulations
- Return the world to an era before mobile communications and wireless ubiquity, due to the social, physcological, and physiological impacts of wireless
- Provide landline service as it was provided by the Bell System, including party-line service for subscribers who wish to save money on the low rates we will offer
- Provide options. If a home or business is in need of analog telecommunications service, we’ll be glad to step in!
The reinstated Bell System hierarchy will be very similar to the old one, but with a few additions:
- Parent Company: American Bell Corporation (AT&T from 1899 until 1984)
- Local telephone companies
- Long Lines
- Western Electric (in addition to telephone and telephone equipment, Western Electric will also concern itself with the manufacturing of classic cars, DVD players, VHS players, record players, and other old/vintage equipment that is too costly for other companies to produce. Western Electric will also manufacture PMBXs and PABXs, as well as legacy and deprecated telephone equipment, such as Strowger switches for Central Office and hobbyist use. Western Electric will continue to manufacturer its traditional telephones, but it will also maintain a line of more “modern” telephones to meet the needs of the customers who desire them.)
- Teletype Corporation (manufacturing telegraph, teletype, teleprinter, etc. equipment)
- Bell Laboratories
- Western Union (telegram services subsidiary — defunct as of 2006 — only)
- International Bell (a subsidiary for international holdings)
- Canadian Bell
- Mexican Bell
- European Bell
- Russian Bell
- Asian-Pacific Bell
- African Bell
- Central American Bell
- South American Bell
- Polar Bell
- Automatic Electric (previously a telephone manufacturing arm)
- Analog Electric (a new company that will concern itself with the provision of electricity distribution to microgrids as well as ordinary power-grids around the world using analog metering, as opposed to the digital metering that is common today. Analog Electric will gradually phase electricity infrastructure from AC (alternating current) to DC (direct current) and phase out long-distance power transmission.)
Today’s telecommunications corporations and telecommunications vendors are pushing “Unified Communications” — one communications network for voice, data, television, etc. The fundamental problem with unified communications is that communications cannot be unified, at least not in a way that will serve the best interest of the customer. Unified communications increases profits for telecommunications corporations, providers, services, and vendors, but it results in degraded quality-of-service and reliability for the customer.
American Bell believes in providing the best possible service for the customer, as was the goal of the Bell System. American Bell, the will-be head of the reinstated Bell System, will work tirelessly to ensure that superior top-of-the-line service is all that is that provided by Bell System facilities. What does this entail? While telecommunications corporations are increasingly pushing wireless or fiber for all, unified communications, the Bell System believes in only delivering the best service possible. At a glance, this entails:
- Analog, copper twisted-pair cable for telephones
- Coaxial cable for Cable Television and Cable Radio
- Fiber-optic cable for high-speed Internet access
American Bell will work hard to bring you tomorrow’s communication advances today. We don’t believe in stiffing the customer with just one communication medium in order to save costs and reduce complexity — we believe that only the best service possible should be provided, and all else will follow. The Bell System will utilize analog, copper cabling for all of its telephone facilities in order to provide excellent and superior call quality and reliability.
While American Bell does not anticipate entering the high-speed Internet market, American Bell will provide free dial-up Internet service to all of its subscribers — we really don’t believe 56 Kbps is really anything worth paying for. There will be local dial-up access numbers in each local calling area. We may also provide DSL over our landline network as an alternative to Cable or Fiber-Optic Internet service.
The Bell System was once responsible for the transmission of the majority of television programs and broadcasts in the United States. This was usually accomplished using coaxial cable, which is still used today for Cable TV service. In fact, the first Cable TV systems were introduced for subscribers who were not within the range of television stations, due to geographical barriers. The reinstated Bell System will strive to once again be the premiere television transmission provider in the United States and Canada, as well as international markets, by utilizing its non-copper facilities for television and possibly Internet purposes. The Bell System also believes that Cable Radio will present customers with a new and improved way to listen to the radio when they are able — while Cable Radio will not replace the dependable, no external-power required over-the-air radio systems, Cable Radio will be able to provide additional functionality and better quality audio for customers who wish to take advantage of it. The Bell System will work to ensure that Cable TV customers of cable companies are able to take advantage of the benefits of Cable Radio — provided over the Bell System’s Cable Radio Network (CRN) — by interconnecting cable company facilities with the Bell System’s television facilities and CRN facilities. We believe in doing this to provide better service, even to customers of other — potentially rival — companies.