BellSouth Telecommunications

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BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC
Formerly
SBT&T Co.
Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company
Private (Subsidiary of AT&T)
IndustryTelecommunications
Predecessor Southern Bell
Founded1983
Headquarters AT&T Midtown Center
Atlanta, Georgia, United States Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Area served
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Key people
David Scobey, President
Products POTS, DSL
Parent BellSouth (1984–present)
AT&T (2006–present)
Website www.att.com www.bellsouth.com

BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC is an operating company of AT&T that serves the southeastern United States. It consists of the former operations of Southern Bell and South Central Bell.

AT&T American multinational conglomerate holding company

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Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company was once the regional Bell Operating Company serving the states of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina prior to the breakup of AT&T. It also covered the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee until 1968 when those were split off to form South Central Bell.

South Central Bell Telephone Company, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, was the name of the Bell System's operations in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. South Central Bell was created in July 1968 when the Bell telephone operations in those states were split off from Southern Bell. South Central Bell was headquartered in the AT&T City Center building in Birmingham.

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BellSouth Telecommunications is a subsidiary of BellSouth Corporation which was acquired by AT&T Inc. on December 29, 2006; it continues as an indirect subsidiary of AT&T as a direct subsidiary of BellSouth. BellSouth Telecommunications/AT&T Southeast regional headquarters are located in the AT&T Midtown Center building in Atlanta, Georgia. BellSouth Corporation's headquarters were located in the Campanile building in Atlanta.

BellSouth, LLC is an American telecommunications holding company based in Atlanta, Georgia. BellSouth was one of the seven original Regional Bell Operating Companies after the U.S. Department of Justice forced the American Telephone & Telegraph Company to divest itself of its regional telephone companies on January 1, 1984.

AT&T Midtown Center skyscraper in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia

AT&T Midtown Center I is a 206.4 m (677 ft), 47-story skyscraper located in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. Completed in 1982, it serves as the regional headquarters of BellSouth Telecommunications, which does business as AT&T Southeast, and was acquired as part of AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth. BellSouth Corporate headquarters was located in the Campanile building, also in Midtown.

Atlanta Capital of Georgia, United States

Atlanta is the capital of, and the most populous city in, the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States. The city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.8 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Atlanta is the seat of Fulton County, the most populous county in Georgia. A small portion of the city extends eastward into neighboring DeKalb County.

History

BellSouth Telecommunications was formed in 1983 as SBT&T Co.. Incorporated in Georgia in 1983, [1] it replaced the original Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company that was incorporated in New York in 1879. SBT&T Co. and Southern Bell merged on December 31, 1983, and the merged company took the Southern Bell name.

Georgia (U.S. state) State of the United States of America

Georgia is a state in the Southeastern United States. It began as a British colony in 1733, the last and southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies to be established. Named after King George II of Great Britain, the Province of Georgia covered the area from South Carolina south to Spanish Florida and west to French Louisiana at the Mississippi River. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788. In 1802–1804, western Georgia was split to the Mississippi Territory, which later split to form Alabama with part of former West Florida in 1819. Georgia declared its secession from the Union on January 19, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states. It was the last state to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870. Georgia is the 24th largest and the 8th most populous of the 50 United States. From 2007 to 2008, 14 of Georgia's counties ranked among the nation's 100 fastest-growing, second only to Texas. Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta, the state's capital and most populous city, has been named a global city. Atlanta's metropolitan area contains about 55% of the population of the entire state.

South Central Bell

South Central Bell Telephone Company was the sister company to Southern Bell under BellSouth ownership. South Central Bell was headquartered in (what is now) the AT&T City Center building in Birmingham, Alabama.

AT&T City Center

The AT&T City Center is a 30-story, 390 foot office building located in Birmingham, Alabama. Completed in 1972, the building was originally known as the South Central Bell Building and served as the corporate headquarters for South Central Bell and its five-state operating territory.

Birmingham, Alabama Most populous city in Alabama, United States

Birmingham is a city located in the north central region of the U.S. state of Alabama. With an estimated 2017 population of 210,710, it is the most populous city in Alabama. Birmingham is the seat of Jefferson County, Alabama's most populous and fifth largest county. As of 2017, the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 1,149,807, making it the most populous in Alabama and 49th-most populous in the United States. Birmingham serves as an important regional hub and is associated with the Deep South, Piedmont, and Appalachian regions of the nation.

BellSouth Services

BellSouth Services, Inc. was the name of the shared service company formed to provide common functions such as engineering and information technology across the nine state Southern Bell and South Central Bell operating region.

The division was headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama in what is now the AT&T Colonnade North and South buildings.

Operating company merger

On January 1, 1992, BellSouth merged South Central Bell and BellSouth Services into Southern Bell, creating a single operating company which was renamed BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., one year after U S WEST had done the same by merging its operations into Mountain Bell which was renamed U S WEST Communications. The merger reconstituted the size of the original Southern Bell before the South Central Bell split-off. BellSouth Telecommunications continued to do business as Southern Bell and South Central Bell until 1995, when corporate name BellSouth was used.

AT&T Midtown Center, BellSouth Telecommunications (d/b/a AT&T Southeast) headquarters, Atlanta AT&T Midtown Center, Atlanta.jpg
AT&T Midtown Center, BellSouth Telecommunications (d/b/a AT&T Southeast) headquarters, Atlanta

Acquisition

On March 5, 2006, AT&T (SBC after acquiring the original AT&T) announced its intentions to acquire BellSouth Corporation, and on December 29, 2006 BellSouth Telecommunications became an operating company of AT&T [2] The merger also consolidated the ownership of Cingular Wireless, which became AT&T Mobility.

BellSouth Telecommunications ceased doing business under the BellSouth name on June 30, 2007. It now does business under the following names:

On July 1, 2011, BellSouth Telecommunications was converted into a limited liability company, becoming known as BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC.

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References

  1. North Carolina Secretary of State
  2. "AT&T Press Release Headlines & News from AT&T".