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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2005) ("Given its prospects, the new Ma Bell looks an awful lot
He describes the previous, stable world of Ma Bell until 1969, the intrusion of new technologies and competition, divestiture, the impact of the Internet, and the plethora of corporate arrangements and re-arrangements that followed.
one sees a continued breakup of American industry into small shops, like the dissolution of Ma Bell.
Just as the Signal Corps is the Ma Bell of the military, the prime-power unit can be considered the ConEdison of the military.
At one time, I thought that for my business line it would probably be a good thing, but then Ma Bell came out with call answering, so if I am on the phone all other calls go directly into voice mail and I do not have to hear any annoying beeps in my ear
Like Standard Oil and Ma Bell, Wal-Mart will someday reach the point where it is too big and "too" omnipresent and too, too much.
While at AT&T, she was known as a "change agent," a term that must be used judiciously in view of what happened--or didn't happen--at Ma Bell.
As a result of the divestiture of Ma Bell in 1984, Shannon had received shares in several telecommunications companies, including Ameritech, AT&T, Southern Bell, and Southwestern Bell.
Wouldn't it be great if a substantial majority of the public would boycott or at the very least, write letters questioning these mergers to all those government officials that seem to spend half their time making sure Ma Bell doesn't grow and to the corporate officials questioning why they think they should have monopolies when no one else is allowed?
Consolidations and mergers in the communication industries will create a new group of communication Goliaths that will essentially reinvent Ma Bell.
Microsoft appears to be the pivotal player behind the scenes, first flirting with Comcast and raising the prospect that it would join it in a bidding war with AT&T for MediaOne, then taking a $5bn stake in Ma Bell in return for ensuring that it uses Microsoft operating systems as the basis for the set-top boxes that will deliver TV, telephone and other services over its newly-acquired cable lines.
In 1984, it wasn't Big Brother watching, it was Ma Bell listening.