THEN: In 1987, Ernie Kelly was working for the Communications Satellite Corp. (COMSAT) as director of government relations. AT&T was the big boy on the telecom block, doing everything it could to bully and intimidate competitors, he recalls of that year.
NOW: Today, he is a self-employed consultant in the telecom industry, a role that also includes a gig as Lance Sterling, author of PHONE+s Alternate Channel editorial cartoon. In the intervening years, he served for seven years as the head of the Telecommunications Resellers Association, which later became ASCENT and merged with COMPTEL in 2003. When asked to reflect on last two decades in the industry, he concludes, AT&T is still the big boy on the telecom block, doing everything it can to bully and intimidate competitors.