GTE filed a lawsuit against five regional Bell telephone companies alleging that the Baby Bells are blocking competition in Internet Yellow Pages. GTE says that beginning this year, the Bells illegally agreed to create a joint national Internet Yellow Pages instead of continuing to compete nationally against each other. The telcos now put up one color-coded national map where users can click on their state and be directed to their local Bell. The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, charges that the Bells then paid big premiums to Netscape and Yahoo! to knock GTE and other competitors from their existing spots. GTE requested an injunction and an expedited 60-day discovery.
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