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AT&T

One of the largest providers of landline telephones, mobile phone service, Internet, and cable in the United States. It traces its origins to the Bell Telephone Company, established by Alexander Graham Bell in 1875. By the second decade of the 20th century, it was approaching near monopoly status over the telephone industry. In 1913, it agreed to acquire no more competitors without the approval of the Interstate Commerce Commission. In 1982, it was ruled that AT&T was engaging in anti-competitive activities, and the company was forced to divest itself of many of its assets. In 2005, the company was acquired by one of its former subsidiaries, which took the name AT&T. It presently controls much of what it originally did before the monopoly settlement. See also: Baby Bell.
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For one thing, it provides greater visibility than is the norm when either floor-mounted robots or bell systems are in a booth.
Meanwhile, the Bell System set up company unions and paternalistic programs to win operators' gratitude for small concessions.
The tension between this evidence and our socio-economic theories also indicates to me that the changes Vail introduced in the management of the Bell System deserve careful attention.
The dropped calls, echoes, and noisy lines that once plagued even predivestiture Bell System long-distance service are a thing of the past.
He has written The Bell System and Regional Business: The Telephone in the South, 1877-1920 (1989), and he is currently working on the history of telecommunications the United States, Japan, and Western Europe in the twentieth century.
Now the interconnects are facing a bunch of tough customers; the people who liked the Bell System and saw nothing wrong at all with the old rent-it-forever scheme.
With 82 percent of market share, and virtually all long distance, the Bell System had achieved a monopoly status that would endure for seventy years.
Meanwhile, the Bell System continued to expand and improve its electronic switching systems.
In 1960, the Bell System assigned this number - one of just two new area codes assigned in the United States during the '60s - to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which was lightly populated then and now.
The long and costly government action which led to divestiture began on November 20, 1974 when the Justice Department filed its antitrust suit seeking break-up of the Bell System.
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The deal would re-create much of the old Bell system.