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The Regional Bell operating companies (RBOC) are the result of the United States antitrust action against AT&T in 1983. After the Modification of Final Judgment, the resulting Baby Bells were originally:

Additionally, there was one comparably-sized independent (non-Bell) company of note, GTE, and two smaller independent companies, Cincinnati Bell and Southern New England Telephone (SNET). SNET has since been acquired by SBC Communications.

These companies have since merged, leaving only 4 regional telephone companies in the United States. After the 1984 breakup, part of AT&T's Bell Labs was split off into Bellcore, which would serve as an R&D and standards body for the seven Baby Bells.

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Report: FCC may allow a Baby Bell to accquire WorldCom (726 words)
Baby Bells are the regional local telephone providers formed by the breakup of AT&T. "There's been a lot written and said in the last couple weeks (about the effects) of the demise of WorldCom, especially for Internet traffic and e-mail.
The FCC has the authority to approve or deny proposed mergers in the telecommunications industry, so any Baby Bell looking to snap up WorldCom would need to go through the approval process and prove to the commission that the merger is in the public interest, the spokesman said.
Currently, none of the Baby Bell companies have met the Section 271 requirements in all of the states in their regions, Brecher said, but a few Bells are coming close.
Dawn of the Big Bells (683 words)
The Baby Bells seemed to be stuck with a declining business, and a heavily regulated one at that.
The Baby Bells began life in 1984 as the unwanted offspring of the biggest antitrust battle in American history.
SBC - or Southwestern Bell, as it was known in 1984 - was the runt of the litter.
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