Re: Hanging up on the New Ma Bell

"Ma Bell" referred to the old AT&T Bell System pre-divesture. It

> referred to the old system, somewhat negatively, of when Bell owned > all equipment and long distance, and supplied 100% of customers needs. > Once AT&T divested the local companies, it ceased being the old Ma > Bell. It quickly evolved into other types of business. It even lost > the "Bell" name.

Except that AT&T fought for and succeeded in keeping the name: Bell Laboratories.

Not until AT&T spun off Western Electric and Bell Labs, soon renamed Lucent Technologies, did Lucent's managers manage to screw up Bell Labs.

Art Kamlet ArtKamlet @ Columbus OH K2PZH

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