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The Bell System was the system of companies, led by the Bell Telephone Company and later by AT&T, which provided telephone services to much of the United States and Canada from 1877 to 1984, at various times as a monopoly. On December 31, 1983, the system was divided into independent companies by a U.S. Justice Department mandate.
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  • History 

  • Formation under Bell patent 

  • Kingsbury Commitment 

  • Nationwide monopoly 

  • Present-day usage of the Bell name 

  • Pre-1956 international holdings 

  • Pre-1984 breakup 

  • 1984 

  • Today