Ma Bell?s 25-year odyssey

From breakups to mergers, a look at the Baby Bells? past 25 years
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It's been 25 years since AT&T agreed to spin off its local divisions into seven separate local exchange carriers. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, the Baby Bells have now consolidated into three major landline companies: AT&T, Verizon and Qwest. In this slideshow, we'll examine the immediate after effects of the breakup as well as the several mergers that have helped partially put Ma Bell back together again.

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