The breakup of AT&T's monopoly over telecommunications in the mid-1980s left seven Regional Bell Operating Companies, better known as Baby Bells, sitting on lucrative local telecommunications networks. These fat cats, with a penchant for diversification, may soon be allowed to prowl the Street, seeking an entree into the financial information services market.
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