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The AT&T logo appears above the post where it trades on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it. (Richard Drew/AP)
The AT&T logo appears above the post where it trades on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it. (Richard Drew/AP)
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Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 presidential candidate, has proposed a break up of Amazon, Facebook and Google.

We discuss what happened when telecommunications giant AT&T was split up and regulated in the 20th century, and debate how antitrust lessons of the past can inform the future.

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Richard John, professor of history and communications at Columbia University. He's also author of "Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications." He tweets @RrjohnR.

This article was originally published on March 29, 2019.

This segment aired on March 29, 2019.

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