Kingsbury-commitment meaning

The commitment, expressed in a letter written by Nathan C. Kingsbury, an AT&T vice-president, to the United States Attorney General in December 1913, to resolve a number of antitrust issues. Kingsbury committed AT&T to dispose of its holdings in Western Union, to purchase no more independent (i.e., non-Bell) telephone companies without the approval of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), and to make interconnection with the independent telephone companies. Eventually, national standards were established to govern the nature and rules of interconnection.The ITU-T governs interconnection at the international level. See also AT&T, ITU-T, and Western Union.
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