Ma Bell


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Ma Bell

n. AT&T, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company; any telephone company. (see also Baby Bell.) Ma Bell is still one of the largest firms in the nation.
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When we ran out of conversational partners at home, we would invite guests over or reach out and touch friends and family care of Ma Bell.
In the business communication wars, two distinct Ma Bell offshoots are involved.
Remember that old Ma Bell commercial "Reach out and touch someone.
Ma Bell did what all mothers do and modeled good social skills.
But perhaps that board understands what they've got, and perhaps it's the remnants of the old Ma Bell, which couldn't invent a phone answering machine until deregulation came along.
SBC is now an impressive national network on its way to recreating part of the old Ma Bell empire.
Now the reverse action is putting Ma Bell back together again.
If US West were just a Ma Bell, like in the old days, it would be bad enough.
Microsoft Corp appears to be the pivotal player behind the scenes, first flirting with Comcast late last week raising the prospect that it would join it in a bidding war with AT&T for MediaOne, then taking a $5bn stake in Ma Bell in return for ensuring that it uses Microsoft operating systems as the basis for the set-top boxes that will deliver TV, telephone and other services over its newly-acquired cable lines.
In exchange, Ma Bell paid you a decent wage and provided benefits and full training.
The long-distance giants affirm their commitment to continue merging and merging and merging and merging until they evolve into a single entity that will be renamed: Ma Bell.
Ma Bell may have had a turbulent year (see "Ma Bell Goes to War," Moneywise, March 1997).
In Richmond, Virginia, it's only fitting that the concrete and glass towers emblazoned with the logos of Ma Bell and Crestar Bank seem to dwarf the state capitol.
Back in the 80s, before the government started auctioning spectrum, it gave Ma Bell s offspring a ridiculous amount of free spectrum to begin building wireless networks.
So though it may just be a beat by a penny, Ma Bell investors are likely pretty OK.