Baby Bell


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Baby Bell

n.
Any of the regional telephone companies created in 1984 when AT&T was ordered to divest itself of its local telephone service operations.

[From (Ma) Bell, nickname for Bell Telephone Company, after Alexander Graham Bell.]
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Frozen pizzas, Doritos, Baby bell, home-made Fajita packs, cheese slices, jammie dodgers and, of course, a couple of eight packs.
The takeover will also enable the new AT&T, which was itself taken over by former Baby Bell SBC Communications last November, to extend its reach in the south-east of the US.
In 1984, shortly after AT&T's break up, Reid assisted Barnes in moving from the chief financial officer (CFO) post at University of California Press to the finance department of Pacific Telesis (PacTel), a newly hatched Baby Bell.
In most cases, the occupant is required to make its own much more costly arrangements for dedicated access via the Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier ("ILEC"), the local Baby Bell, since the ILEC is present in every building.
But the Baby Bell companies showed a greater penchant for consolidation than for competition, and most upstart local phone carriers decided to focus on serving business customers rather than consumers.
SBC Communications, a Baby Bell company, is the first to use Cisco equipment for this purpose.
Certainly, few of us in the United States feel any similar loyalty to our local Baby Bell.
With the new RBOC structure in place, MacAllister was named chief executive of the largest geographic Baby Bell.
baby bell BellSouth and Mexico's America Movil for a piece of the domestic market, hopes Mesa's track record shows he can drive up cellular use dramatically with innovative marketing for the masses.
You know Qwest: the left-coast communications company that swallowed the whale last summer in the form of Baby Bell U.