Baby Bells


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Baby Bells

The nickname given to the regional Bell operating companies after Divestiture in 1984. See Bell System and RBOC.
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That's why each of the Baby Bells has a deal with a major Hollywood player to produce entertainment services.
The Baby Bell offers wireless cable television services in New Orleans, Atlanta, Orlando and Tampa.
On the flip side, awaiting a hearing is the motion filed by four Baby Bells this summer, asking Judge Harold Greene to vacate the 1982 consent decree that broke up AT&T and still prevents local telephone companies from competing outside their traditional market.
The Baby Bell has more than 1,000 employee development programs, which range from career development workshops to counseling and educational programs.
The FCC, upon receiving a recommendation by the United States Department of Justice, decides whether Baby Bells, including SBC Ohio, can enter the long-distance market.
Indeed, the breakup of AT&T in 1984 created seven Baby Bells scattered across the country, and around which distinct telecom industries developed.
The report calls on state utility commissions to resist efforts by the Baby Bells to squeeze competitors out of the market by raising wholesale prices.
The deal would create the nation's largest local phone company and threaten the remaining Baby Bells with the specter of having to compete eventually with a wealthy, aggressive leviathan that will control a third of the nation's local phone lines.
Washington has agreed to let the Baby Bells begin transmitting home shopping and banking services over their lines, and phone company lobbyists say that television programs will ultimately follows.
Some have asserted that open access laws and lower wholesale prices discourage the Baby Bells from making the necessary investment to improve their services and increase broadband penetration.
In February, Tekelec reported record quarterly and annual earnings driven by strong sales of its network switching equipment to Baby Bells and other North American telecommunication firms.
So here is a simple profit opportunity for the Baby Bells.