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    (October 5, 1983- )
    Headquartered in Dallas, TX
    Largest fixed telephone provider
    NYSE: T
    Consists of BellSouth Telecommunications, Illinois Bell, Indiana Bell, Michigan Bell, Nevada Bell, Ohio Bell, Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell, Wisconsin Bell and Southern New England Telephone
    They used to be a huge monopoly, but were broken apart in an anti-trust suit (1983).
    As of 2012, it was comprised of 11 of the 23 Bell Operating Companies that were created as a result of the break-up.
    They broke up the company in order to make a hugely unsuccessful gamble in home computing.
    They gave the maximum $250,000 in support of George W. Bush's inauguration.
    Consumer Reports gave them the designation of 'Worst Wireless Supporter' in the country (2011).
    They reserved the right to terminate the service of people that were critical of the company, until public outcry forced them to back-track.
    They allowed the National Security Agency to monitor phones.
    They keep track of your text messages from five to seven years after they were sent.
    Their logo looks like the Death Star.
    They were originally founded by Alexander Graham Bell.
    As of 2012, they were the fourth largest non-oil company in the United States.
    They functioned for much of their history as a legally-sanctioned monopoly.
    Their early goal was to provide a phone for everyone in the country, and they nearly did it by the 1960's.

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