Following divestiture in 1984 and the creation of the seven Baby Bells, the service within the remained regulated until 1996, when the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed. Following this, the Baby Bells began consolidating amongst themselves. Section 271 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 also established a way that regulators could approve BOCs to enter the interLATA market in regions where they provide local exchange service. In 1998, Ameritech sold some of its lines (covering 19 exchanges) to , which merged them into its company .
AT&T’s post-breakup strategy did not work out the way it had planned. Its attempt to enter the computer business failed, and it quickly realized that Western Electric was not profitable without the guaranteed customers the Bell System had provided. In 1995, AT&T spun off its computer division and Western Electric, exactly as the government had initially asked it to do. It then re-entered the local telephone business that it had exited after the breakup, which had become much more lucrative with the rise of in the early 1990s. Even this, however, would not save AT&T Corporation. It would soon be absorbed by one of the Baby Bells, (formerly Southwestern Bell), which then co-opted the AT&T name to form the present-day
Effective January 1, 1984, the Bell System’s many were variously merged into seven independent "Regional Holding Companies", also known as (RBOCs), or "Baby Bells". This divestiture reduced the book value of AT&T by approximately 70%.
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