Ma Bell


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Ma Bell

The common nickname for the Bell Telephone Company when it was the monopoly communications provider in the U.S. See Bell System.
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In 1982, the US government forced the breakup of Ma Bell.
The old Ma Bell has employed a different, more cynical strategy, by forcing U-verse customers into programming "blackouts" of their favorite local TV stations and then directing irate customers to switch to AT&T's own DirecTV.
In describing how Toronto telephone operators trounced Ma Bell in the 1970s and 1980s, Joan M.
The average consumer pays $231 per year in set-top box rental fees; Wheeler has likened this stranglehold to the way consumers once had to rent phones from Ma Bell.
Tenders are invited for 400 Ohms/20 Ma Bell Relay For Double Line Block Instrument As Per Drg.
It is suing AT&T, alleging that Ma Bell infringed on three patents held by Cox.
What doesn't make sense and has never made sense is to take a regulatory framework developed for Ma Bell in the 1930s and make her great grandchildren with technologies and options undreamed of 80 years ago live under it" Jim Cicconi ATandT's SVP of external and legislative affairs wrote in a blog post.
Even as FairPoint Communications settled a long strike involving many of its line workers, the company made another move that says at least as much about the state of the telephone industry, preparing to turn part of their Manchester facility into a data center and push into a competitive business that has nothing to do with Ma Bell.
Ma Bell was big in New York City at that time and the thought of being so inclusive was invigorating to me.
Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell provides a lively survey of the tinkerers and pranksters who turned AT&T's telephone system into a joke.
However, the question is what the outcome will be: Will Google be broken up as Ma Bell was in the 1980s, will it continue to remain as is, or something in between?