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BOC
Last modified: Thursday, August 09, 2001 

Short for Bell Operating Company, any of the 22 original operating companies and their successors that were divested from AT&T; by court order in 1983 and given the right to provide local telephone service for a specific geographic area, also called ILECs. AT&T; was forced to splinter in order to create competition in both the local and long distance service arenas.

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