Ma Bell


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Ma Bell

A colloquial term for AT&T prior to the 1980s. It was used to refer to the fact that AT&T had total or near total monopoly over the provision of telephone service in most areas of the United States. After 1984, Ma Bell was forcibly broken up into several "baby Bells."
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I was thinking of Ma Bell in terms of that enormous publication of names and numbers, the telephone directory or telephone book.
2005) ("Given its prospects, the new Ma Bell looks an awful lot
Just as the Signal Corps is the Ma Bell of the military, the prime-power unit can be considered the ConEdison of the military.
Herr, a member of NOW, was stymied in lower-level management at Ma Bell when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took on the telephone giant during the Nixon years.
At one time, I thought that for my business line it would probably be a good thing, but then Ma Bell came out with call answering, so if I am on the phone all other calls go directly into voice mail and I do not have to hear any annoying beeps in my ear
Like Standard Oil and Ma Bell, Wal-Mart will someday reach the point where it is too big and "too" omnipresent and too, too much.
While at AT&T, she was known as a "change agent," a term that must be used judiciously in view of what happened--or didn't happen--at Ma Bell.
And think of the other technologies in the movie that sound so improbable today--the Pan Am space shuttle to the moon, astronauts in deep hibernation, even the Ma Bell logo on the videophones suggests an era of telecommunications that is long past.
As a result of the divestiture of Ma Bell in 1984, Shannon had received shares in several telecommunications companies, including Ameritech, AT&T, Southern Bell, and Southwestern Bell.
The reason Ma Bell does telecommunications so well is because it has been doing it for the past 150 years.
Wouldn't it be great if a substantial majority of the public would boycott or at the very least, write letters questioning these mergers to all those government officials that seem to spend half their time making sure Ma Bell doesn't grow and to the corporate officials questioning why they think they should have monopolies when no one else is allowed?
Consolidations and mergers in the communication industries will create a new group of communication Goliaths that will essentially reinvent Ma Bell.