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A telephone company (or telco) provides telecommunications services such as telephony and data communications. Most of the largest telcos are or were at one time nationalized or state-regulated monopolies. These monopolies are often referred to, primarily in Europe, as PTTs. Telecommunication involves the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... In telecommunication, Telephony encompasses the general use of equipment to provide voice communication over distances. ... A computer network is a system for communication among two or more computers. ... In economics, a monopoly (from the Latin word monopolium - Greek language monos, one + polein, to sell) is defined as a persistent market situation where there is only one provider of a product or service. ... A postal, telegraph, and telephone (or PTT) is or was a government agency responsible for postal mail, telegraph, and telephone services in many countries worldwide other than North America and Japan. ...


Telcos are also known as common carriers and local exchange carriers. With the advent of cellular telephony, telcos now include wireless carriers. A common carrier is an organization that transports persons or goods, and offers its services to the general public. ... Local exchange carrier is a regulatory term in telecommunications for so-called local telephone company. ... Cellular redirects here. ... A mobile phone operator (also wireless carrier) is a telephone company that provides phone services for mobile phone subscribers. ...


Most telcos now also function as ISPs, and the distinction between telco and ISP may disappear completely over time. An Internet service provider (abbr. ...


On the original Saturday Night Live, guest host comedian Lily Tomlin satirized the attitude of the Bell System, which held monopoly control of the telephone industry in America, with a skit in which she played one of her trademark characters, telephone operator Ernestine. In the skit, she disconnects the phone service for a large area, and utters the now-famous quote: Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Tomlin as The West Wings Deborah Fiderer. ... The Bell System was a trademark and service mark used by the US telecommunications company American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T) and its affiliated companies to co-brand their extensive circuit-switched telephone network and their affiliations with each other. ... In economics, a monopoly (from the Latin word monopolium - Greek language monos, one + polein, to sell) is defined as a persistent market situation where there is only one provider of a product or service. ... Sketch comedy consists of a series of short comedy scenes, or sketches, commonly between one and ten minutes long. ... A telephone operator at work on a private switchboard A telephone operator is either a person who provides assistance to a telephone caller, usually in the placing of operator assisted telephone calls such as calls from a pay phone, collect calls (called reversed-charge calls in the UK), calls which...

"We don't care.
We don't have to.
We're the phone company."

Telcos include:

Alltel (NYSE: AT) is an American telecommunications company with headquarters in the Riverdale neighborhood of Little Rock, Arkansas. ... Amena is a mobile telecommunications company in Spain. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article describes the present AT&T Inc. ... TELUS is a phone company in Canada. ... TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a Canadian telecommunications company, the countrys second-largest telecommunications carrier after Bell Canada, with C$8. ... Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) is a Brussels-based Belgian telecommunications company. ... Categories: Corporation stubs | Communications companies of the United States | Defunct companies | Telephone companies | Public Utilities ... Categories: Corporation stubs | Communications companies of the United States | Defunct companies | Telephone companies | Public Utilities ... This article or section should include material from Bell Atlantic This article or section should include material from GTE Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a local exchange telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic, a former Bell Operating Company, and GTE, which was the largest independant local exchange... Bell Laboratories (also known as Bell Labs and formerly known as AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bell Telephone Laboratories) was the main research and development arm of the United States Bell System. ... Bell Canada Enterprises (TSX: BCE, NYSE: BCE), legally BCE Inc. ... This is a list of telephone companies in Canada. ... BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS) is a U.S. telecommunications company based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... BroadVoice is a Voice over IP (VoIP) network that allows users to conduct voice communications via a broadband Internet connection. ... BT Group plc (also known as British Telecommunications plc) which trades as BT (and previously as British Telecom) is the privatised UK state telecommunications operator. ... The Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (Bulgarian: Българска телекомуникационна компания, Balgarska telekomunikatsionna kompaniya, abbreviated as БТК, BTC) is the largest telecommunications company in Bulgaria and a former state-owned monopoly. ... Cable and Wireless is a British telecommunications company. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... China Telecom (HKSE: 728) is the largest fixed service telecommunications provider in China, which includes data, Internet and, unusually, the PAS wireless system which is classfied as fixed line. ... China Netcom, full name China Netcom Corporation Limited (CNC), was originally formed in August 1999 to build high speed Internet communications in China. ... China Unicom (中国联通), full name China United Telecommunications Corporation (中国联合通信有限公司) SEHK: 0762 NYSE: CHU, is a state-owned telecommunication operator in the Peoples Republic of China. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信) is the largest telecommunications company in the Republic of China (Taiwan). ... Cricket Communications is the operating subsidiary of Leap Wireless International. ... [[Images:Bonn DTAG2. ... DU, Du, or du may refer to: Data unit Delhi University Delta Upsilon Democratic Underground Depleted uranium Desktop underwriter Dial-up access Disney University Dobson unit Doctor of the University Doshisha University Drexel University Ducks Unlimited Duisburg (city code plate prefix) Duke University Duquesne University Hemus Air (IATA airline designator... Cable and Wireless is a British telecommunications company. ... Engin is a VoIP phone provider in Australia. ... Etisalat logo Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, also known as Etisalat (former Emirtel), is the incumbent telecommunications carrier and internet service provider in the United Arab Emirates. ... France Télécom (Euronext: FTE, NYSE: FTE) (often spelled France Telecom, without the accents, in non-French text) is the main telecommunication company in France. ... Categories: Corporation stubs | Communications companies of the United States | Defunct companies | Telephone companies | Public Utilities ... Categories: Corporation stubs | Communications companies of the United States | Defunct companies | Telephone companies | Public Utilities ... This article or section should include material from Bell Atlantic This article or section should include material from GTE Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a local exchange telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic, a former Bell Operating Company, and GTE, which was the largest independant local exchange... Síminns logo Síminn (Síminn hf. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jersey Telecom logo. ... KPN (in full Koninklijke KPN N.V., Royal KPN NV) (NYSE: KPN) is a Dutch telecommunications 3G company. ... Korea Telecom is South Koreas largest telecommunication company. ... Leap Wireless International Inc. ... Level 3 is an international communications and information services company and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. ... The Magyar Telekom logo. ... MCI may refer to the following: MCI Group Holdings, an association, communications, and event management company. ... MCI logo MCI, Inc. ... This article or section should include material from Bell Atlantic This article or section should include material from GTE Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a local exchange telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic, a former Bell Operating Company, and GTE, which was the largest independant local exchange... Network America is one the worlds leading providers of International Telecommunications Services. ... Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (日本電信電話 Nippon Denshin Denwa) is a telephone company that dominates the telecommunication market in Japan. ... NYNEX Corporation (pronounced Nine-x) was a telephone company which served five New England states (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) as well as New York. ... See also Orange (disambiguation) for other meanings of the word. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Portugal Telecom (Euronext: PTC, NYSE: PT) is the biggest telecommunications operator in Portugal. ... Qwest Communications International Inc. ... Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) is a provincial Crown Corporation operating under the authority of The Saskatchewan Telecommunications Act. ... SBC Communications NYSE: SBC is an American telecommunications company based in San Antonio, Texas. ... This article describes the present AT&T Inc. ... Société Française de Radiotéléphonie is a French mobile phone company. ... SingTel (formerly Singapore Telecoms) is Singapores largest telecommunications company. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... StarHub Limited SGX: T54 is a telecommunications company based in Singapore. ... SunRocket is a U.S.-based VOIP provider established in early 2004 by Joyce Dorris and Paul Erickson, former MCI executives who were coworkers for over ten years. ... Swisscom AG is the leading telephone company in Switzerland. ... Telecom Italia is a formerly partially state-owned Italian telco. ... Telecom New Zealand NZX: TEL ASX: TEL NYSE: NZT is a Wellington-based telephone company run as a publicly-traded private company since 1990. ... Tele2 is Europes biggest alternative telecommunications operator with over 28 million customers in 24 countries. ... Telefónica CTC Chile building in Santiago, Chile Telefónica S.A. (NYSE: TEF, TYO: 9481 ) is a Spanish telecommunications company. ... Teleglobe is an international telco carrier. ... Telemar is the largest telephone company in Brazil, considering both lines in service and revenues. ... Telenor (OSE: TEL, NASDAQ: TELN) is the incumbent telecommunications company in Norway, with headquarters located at Fornebu, close to Oslo. ... Telkom SA Ltd. ... PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (PT. Telkom or just Telkom, formerly Perumtel. ... Telfort NV (Telfort NV), often abbreviated Telfort, is a Dutch telecommunications company. ... TeliaSonera AB is the result of a merger between the Swedish and Finnish telecommunications companies, Telia and Sonera. ... Telstra Corporation (ASX: TLS, NZX: TLS, NYSE: TLS) (formed from Telecom Australia) is an Australian telecommunications company under private ownership, holding a dominant position in landline telephone services, large share of mobile phone services, domestic consumer (including dial-up access and Broadband internet broadband cable modem, satellite and ADSL services... TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a Canadian telecommunications company, the countrys second-largest telecommunications carrier after Bell Canada, with C$8. ... Thus plc is a United Kingdom telecommunications operator, one of the alternatives to the former state monopoly BT. History Thus plc began life in 1994 as Scottish Telecom, an offshoot of the privatised energy company Scottish Power. ... Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. (also known as TPSA or just TP) is a Polish telecom and ISP, provider of the Neostrada ADSL service. ... T-Mobile logo T-Mobile is a multinational mobile phone operator. ... For current information on this topic, see Qwest. ... Qwest Communications International Inc. ... This article or section should include material from Bell Atlantic This article or section should include material from GTE Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a local exchange telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic, a former Bell Operating Company, and GTE, which was the largest independant local exchange... Vidéotron Limited is an integrated communications company active in cable television, interactive multimedia development, video on demand and Internet access services, serving Quebec, Canada. ... Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) is Indias phone carrier for international calls. ... Vodafone Group plc is a British mobile phone operator headquartered in Newbury, England. ... Vonage Logo until 2006 Vonage (NYSE: VG) (pronounced ) is a commercial voice over IP (VoIP) network and SIP company that provides telephone service via a broadband connection (the companys name is a play on their motto Voice-Over-Net-AGE). Vonage is known as the Broadband Phone Company and... For a time, WorldCom (WCOM) was the United States second largest long distance phone company (AT&T was the largest). ...

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