Bellsouth Corporation, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a large telecommunication firm that operated from 1983 until 2006, when it was acquired by AT&T. Created in 1983 as a holding company for Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company and South Central Bell Telephone Company after the divestment of AT&T’s local telephone operation business under the Modified Final Judgment antitrust settlement, Bellsouth operated as an independent company with diversified telecommunications and entertainment services. Its primary markets included nine US states including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina South Carolina and Tennessee. The company also ventured into international operations in Latin America during the late 1990s and early 2000s with its acquisition of Compañia Anónima Nacional Teléfonos de Venezuela (CANTV) which provided telephone service to over 4 million customers in Venezuela at the time. In addition to providing fixed-line services such as voice communication landlines cellular phone services internet access satellite television access etc., Bellsouth offered an array of other services such as paging data storage directory publishing long distance services cellular towers construction etc. After it announced its intention to be acquired by AT&T on March 5th 2006 its stockholders voted to accept the deal on November 29th 2006 thus leading to one of the largest corporate mergers in US history at that time.
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