If You're Going To Accuse Telcos Of Antitrust Conspiracy, It Helps To Have Some Proof
from the just-saying dept
The Supreme Court has come out with a somewhat unsurprising ruling on a lawsuit filed against the Baby Bell telcos. The lawsuit claimed that the telcos violated antitrust law by failing to offer competing local phone service and internet access in the territories of the other Baby Bells, following the Telecom Act of 1996 that allowed them to do so. There have been many people who assumed that it suggested some sort of collusion between the firms not to go into each other's turf, but the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the telcos for the fairly easy to understand reason that there wasn't nearly enough evidence showing that there was any sort of conspiracy going on. In other words, there may have been collusion, but anyone bringing such a suit has the burden of actually proving it, rather than just insisting that there must have been collusion.