South Central Bell

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South Central Bell Telephone Company
Private
Industry Telecommunications
FateMerged
PredecessorSouthern Bell
Successor BellSouth Telecommunications
Founded1968 (1968)
Defunct1992 (1992)
Headquarters,
U.S.
Area served
Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
Parent AT&T (1968-1983)
BellSouth (1984-1992)

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 (what is now) the AT&T City Center building in Birmingham.

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South Central Bell logo, 1968-1969

In 1984, South Central Bell became a holding of BellSouth Corporation, effectively reuniting South Central Bell with Southern Bell. The two companies were officially reunited in 1992 when Southern Bell absorbed South Central Bell as BellSouth Telecommunications. The two names were used, however, until 1995.

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.

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