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In Los Angeles’ first major competitive bid...

In Los Angeles’ first major competitive bid for public pay-phone service, the 1,350 coin and credit-card phones at LAX will be provided by American Telephone & Telegraph and two partners, starting Feb. 1. The five-year contract required bidders to share 32% of the $12-million business with companies that are owned by a minority group and by a female. Black-owned Kellee Communications of New York is a 20% partner and female-owned Own-A-Phone of San Diego has a 12% stake. AT&T; also will subcontract with Pacific Bell, which currently provides pay-phone service at LAX, for 53% of its share of phones. The airport will receive $2 million in annual commissions, more than triple present earnings, AT&T; said.


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