baby bells meaning

  "baby bells" in a sentence
[Finance]
A common nickname given to the U.S. regional telephone companies that were formed from the breakup of AT&T in 1984, which was done to create more competition within the industry.

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  1. The Baby Bells seek the wrong relief in the wrong venue.
  2. A fourth Baby Bell said profit fell because of increased competition.
  3. At first the Baby Bells were barred from offering these services.
  4. Several other Baby Bells are beginning to use the same system.
  5. It's being tested by a number of Baby Bells.

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