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RBOC

Regional Bell Operating Company

RBOC

(Regional Bell Operating Company) The Bell telephone companies that were spun off from AT&T by court order in 1984 (the Divestiture). Also known as the "Baby Bells," the initial seven RBOCs were Nynex, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth, Southwestern Bell, US West, Pacific Telesis and Ameritech. By 2007, mergers reduced the number to three: AT&T, Verizon and Qwest (see below). See Divestiture and Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Company   Baby Bells

   AT&T      Ameritech, Southwestern Bell
             BellSouth, Pacific Telesis

   Verizon   Nynex, Bell Atlantic

   Qwest     US West
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Despite the RBOC's effort to defend its choices, the view that politics had unduly influenced the selection of cities for Reserve Banks has remained widely held ever since.
While the contentious UNE debates were under way, regulators addressed the Act's mandate that interconnection agreements must include "reciprocal compensation for the transport and termination of traffic." One RBOC economist suggested that "If we pay the 1 cent and they pay us 3 cents; that is 'reciprocal.'" The FCC did not agree and changed "reciprocal" to "reciprocal and symmetric" in its Order implementing the Act.
Although the unit was trying to attract new customers, the AT&T services unit and the RBOCs continued to be the dominant customers.
Chapter 271 of the Federal Telecommunications Act states that the FCC shall not permit RBOCs to provide inter-LATA services until it concludes that an RBOC has irrevocably opened up its market to competition.
The plaintiffs, along with Qwest's CEO, believed that competing in another region would have been profitable for an RBOC.
The effect of RBOC entry into long-distance on CLEC entry into local telephony is evaluated using two models.
It may well be in an RBOC's interest to move users from a dial-up use on an additional line to a DSL line from which a higher-profit might be earned.
The Lucent-recommended LTS replacement product is the DigiTest System, approved for use in each RBOC and the only test system fully backward compatible with the LoopCare Test OSS, already widely in use in all of the RBOCs.
Somera Communications (Nasdaq:SMRA), Santa Barbara, Calif., a leading global provider of telecom equipment deployment services, has announced that the company has launched a program to provide turnkey wireless backhaul solutions to national wireless and Regional Bell Operating Company (RBOC) communities.
Its electronic-warfare suite consists of the Indra (Madrid, Spain) Aldebaran combined electronic-support-measures and countermeasures suite, four Sippican (Marion, MA) Mk 36 Super RBOC decoy launchers, and the Aerojet Electrosystems (Azusa, CA) AN/SLQ-25 Nixie acoustic-countermeasures system.
The collapse of telecom investment, in turn, was triggered by the decimation of competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in the hands of the RBOCs and their congressional allies--not by a preceding alleged "overinvestment." The Telecoms Act of 1996 was intended to stimulate competition against the RBOC monopolies, but instead provided such minimal penalties that it practically invited the RBOCs to systematically violate the law and kill the competition.