Pacific Bell readies itself for competition

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Preparing for the deregulation of the telecommunications industry and the onslaught of competition, Pacific Bell Tuesday filed a series of proposals to expand its role from just a retailer to a wholesaler of local services in California. In a complex set of regulatory filings to the California Public Utilities Commission, the company proposed guidelines to sell its network services and capabilities to potential competitors, who would then compete against Pacific Bell for the $6 billion-a-year local telephone market.

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