Baby-bell meaning

Any of the regional telephone companies created in 1984 when AT&T was ordered to divest itself of its local telephone service operations.
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(US, telecommunications, informal) Any of the Regional Bell Operating Companies resulting from the division of AT&T Corporation into a number of smaller companies in the 1980s as part of an antitrust agreement.
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Origin of baby-bell

  • From (Ma) Bell nickname for Bell Telephone Company after Alexander Graham Bell

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition