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WSJ: Telcom Industry Consolidation Graphic

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by M in LA, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. M in LA

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    Two companies omitted in the graphic:

    Cincinnati Bell and Southern New England Telephone were the only two companies in the old Bell System that were owned independently of AT&T (AT&T held only minority interests in these two companies); therefore, neither was considered a Regional Bell Operating Company (RBOC). AT&T held 27.8% interest in Cincinnati Bell before 1984. In 1998, SNET was bought by SBC, an RBOC, but Cincinnati Bell has remained independent.

    SNET provided wireline and wireless telephone service in the state of Connecticut untill 1998 when it was bought by SBC which eventually became AT&T.

    Cincinnati & Suburban Bell (which was shortened to Cincinnati Bell) had exclusive rights to the Bell franchise within a 25-mile (40-km) radius of Cincinnati. It provides wireline and wireless service in Cincinnati and parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
     
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    They omitted New England Telephone, as well. They served all of New England, except Conneticut, and then merged with New York Telephone (forget if that was the exact name), to form the NYNEX (New York New England Exchange) that is listed.
     
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    If it was part of what formed NYNEX, then it is included, since they started this graph from the point of the AT&T divestitures in 1984, as the new "baby bells" were formed from many local companies that made up old AT&T.

    As rjniles pointed out, they left out the two smaller parts of the Bell System that did not become baby bells, SNET (Southern New England Telephone) and Cincinnati Bell. SNET being the provider in Connecticut.

    Several comments on the article from the source WSJ site pointed out the omission of SNET and Cincy Bell. Their inclusion might have added more confusion to an already complex time line. :)
     
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    Is it me, or do people miss the company that was acquired? In my case when CenturyTel took over Embarq, everything went down. My heart goes out to the Qwest folks out west. Also, folks I know who had BellSouth aren't so fond of AT&T... kinda sad to see the HQ move from Atlanta to Dallas... at least the wireless division (of the vestiges thereof) is in Atlanta.

    Or when Alltel was bought by Verizon, lots of folks missed them.

    Oh well, that's life.
     
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    I'm so glad I got away from Qworst 10 years ago. If Qwest was bad then it's likely to be worse than ever under CenturyLink. Service also went down the terlet when FairPoint took over from Verizon in the northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

    Joe Nacchio who gloated about Qwest taking USWest is now serving 6 years in jail for his financial shenanigans with the books on of USWest
     
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    It was bad under USWest, even worse under Qwest, so it's scary to think how much more of a nightmare it will be with CenturyLink...

    (Never lived in USWest/Qwest/CL territory, but am well aware of their poor service from unfortunate relatives who do).
     
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