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John Oliver shows why the ‘anti-competitive’ nature of tech monopolies is nothing new

John Oliver tackled tech monopolies and the damage they can create on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight”.

At the start of his segment, Oliver pointed to the 450-page report released in 2020 by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law that found “anti-competitive behavior” by Amazon, Apple, and Apple. , Google and Facebook. But this “anti-competitive” behavior is not new.

Oliver then discussed the actions of the US government against AT&T for its anti-competitive nature 40 years ago.

For example, when MCI – “a much smaller company” at the time – attempted to offer long distance telephone service at a lower rate, AT&T was not a fan. Oliver released a clip explaining the battle between the two telecoms, including the revelation of AT&T’s meeting notes that revealed the company’s plans to “snuff them out before they start.”

“Obviously fuck AT&T now and forever,” Oliver said.


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