As part of a negotiated settlement, the State of Florida sought to permanently enjoin GTE Florida Incorporated (GTE) from continuing its sales tactics concerning its ?Lineskeeper Inside Wire Maintenance? service. The state alleged that once the service became optional, GTE would automatically enroll customers unless they notified GTE that they did not want the service, hence constituting an illegal tying arrangement.
Florida sought refunds for customers of Central Telephone Company of Florida (Centel), who may have unknowingly subscribed to Centel’s inside wire maintenance service. Further, the state sought to improve the description of various calling features described in Centel’s telephone directory.
Missouri ex rel. Nixon v. United Telephone Company of Missouri, 1996-1 Trade Cas. (CCH) 71,234 (U.S. Dist. Ct., W.D. Mo. 1995)
State brought action to prevent incumbent telephone company from monopolizing market for the provision of inside wire maintenance services, a market that was deregulated by the Federal Communications Commission.