There have been several messages in this thread by a bunch of rookies including the TelecomAnalyst who rate the RBOCs rather highly. Here is what today's Journal says about the Baby Bells:
1. Mr. Robert Metcalfe who invented the Ethernet and founded 3Com in refernce to the RBOCs says: "They're stupid jerks and they must be destroyed". He goes on to say "I want to expose their laziness, their stupidity, and their fraudulent price structure".
2. A Silicon Valley investor, Roger McNamee says: "Our industry is driven by Moore's Law". "Theirs is driven by Moron's Law- the morons who run and regulate American's telcos".
3. The digital crowd isn't waiting around. The telco chief[s] are smooth and superb at their game. But the digital crowd couldn't care less about being friends. Theirs is a blood sport.