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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It will also see BellSouth return to its roots, as it and a number of other operators ( dubbed the Baby Bells ( were spun off from AT&T in the 1980s.
The picture became a great deal clearer in August 1982, Judge Harold Greene, presiding over the AT&T divestiture, issued the Modified Final Judgment (MFJ) that set the boundaries for Baby Bell operations.
Photo: (color) Outdoorsman Three Feathers adjusts the load on Baby Bell, one of his two donkeys, as they walk down Sierra Highway.
The Baby Bell local phone companies of the United States face a somewhat different situation, since none of them owns a long-haul network.
Thus, as Ralph Nader has pointed out, the present cable cabal, for all its bleating about the Baby Bell threat, is likely to end up on the same phone line as part of a new "super-biopoly.
Also buying into Williams was SBC Communications, the San Antonio-based Baby Bell that also owns a 9.
Almost overnight, the citified Baby Bell was neatly tucked beneath its country cousin's wings in a $26 billion merger that made Bell Atlantic the nation's second largest telecommunications company, behind AT&T.
an executive at Bellcore, a Baby Bell research consortium, described the potential of online gambling and video games to Macworld magazine: "You suck 'em in cheap.
The former baby bell is in store for a mother-and-child reunion, as AT&T (T) is going to dish out $67 billion in stock for BLS.
Now it plans to roll out its service with a new partner, San Antonio-based SBC, although SBC-- formerly Southwestern Bell--is a Baby Bell with far less long-distance experience than Sprint.
The independent counsel also investigated the management of Meese's blind trust; a conflict-of-interest involving decisions Meese made about the break-up of AT&T (Meese held stock in a Baby Bell company); Meese's failure to report capital gains; an unusual arrangement in which his wife's salary at a charitable organization was donated by a friend of Wallach's, a developer who hoped to keep the Justice Department as a tenant; and Meese's assistance to Wallach in the latter's efforts to win U.
He lifted the legal bar that had prevented the seven regional Baby Bell telephone companies from offering information services, as he virtually had been ordered to by the U.