U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene on competition and the breakup of the Bell System: "There are some who say, 'We should have stuck with the old Bell System where everything worked all right.' . . . And I obviously disagree with that. There are others who take the view that competition has to be pure. . . . Well, my feeling is that we have managed in this country to have a mixed system of competition and regulation ."
On U.S. telecommunications: "If the United States is ahead of other countries in terms of innovation, in terms of long distance and in equipment and transmission of data, it will pay dividends in a far broader sense. . . . I think the breakup and . . . the inventiveness that competition spurs is going to be a tremendous asset."
On the difficulties encountered by American Telephone & Telegraph Co., whose profits since the breakup have been disappointing: "I would assume that it is somewhat difficult for somebody who has been sheltered. . . to transform themselves. But they have very able executives and people who must have foreseen that. I'm sure it will take some time to turn a huge corporation around. But I must assume that they are smart enough and able enough and can hire talent that will accomplish that."
On his telephones: "You have a lot of features today . . . that phones didn't have before. I bought a phone myself, and I'm not very sophisticated in these things. . . ."
And on his long-distance calls: "I haven't switched from AT&T to a competitor because I don't want anybody to ask me, 'Have you switched, and why?' "