11. Was local service opened to competition prior to long distance?

It has always been open, local service was never closed.  The long distance service was the only exclusivity given to Telmex until August 96, so that it would finish balancing its rates.

What happened was that the companies that came into Mexico to compete with Telmex only got into long distance, because it was the most profitable segment, but they did it at very high prices, it was the chicken breast, and well, AT&T and MCI were so mistaken that the same thing happened to them throughout the world.

Local service has always been open.

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