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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