How I know I am old!

Ever take a step back and think about how far we have come in just the past few years? I do. The bulk of my life has been in telecommunications.  When I was a kid, I was pricing out the cost to make phone calls so I could call my favorite auntie.

There was no such thing as ‘unlimited’ anything. You were lucky if you had a private line. There was one phone company period. It was illegal to own your telephone. You had to lease it from ‘Ma Bell’.

All of that changed, as I was coming of age. BAM!  Let’s break up Ma Bell! It will be good for the consumer. That changed the industry. That changed the world. I have a full-blown theory about how breaking up Ma Bell into the baby bells delayed expansion of communications fully into the western half of the country, but I digress. In today’s world all of those discussions are moot. What is frightening is the realization about how recent those events are in my mind, while those around me were learning to read.

Okay, those events were almost 40 years ago.  But the MCI/Worldcom debacle didn’t meet its final bitter-end until early 2005 when Verizon ultimately took them out of their misery.

I think I am the only one old enough to have had to calculate their landline, phone bill this way!


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