Thursday, June 19, 2008

1984: end of the Bell System

On January 1, 1984 the Bell System ceased to exist.

Twenty-two Bell Operating Companies were combined to form seven Regional Bell Operating Companies; and a new AT&T that retained its long distance, manufacturing, and research operations.

Over the succeeding years, AT&T was broken up more, but the Bell Operating Companies recombined into just three companies. One of them uses the AT&T name.

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