Southern New England Telephone
|Trading name||Frontier Communications of Connecticut|
|Type||Private (Subsidiary of Frontier)|
|Headquarters||New Haven, Connecticut|
|Key people||Maggie Wilderotter Chairwoman and CEO
East Region President
Senior VP & General Manager
Edward O'Connor Jr
Area General Manager
New Haven County
Area General Manager
|Products||Local Telephone Service, Broadband|
It started operations on January 27, 1878 as the District Telephone Company of New Haven. It was the founder of the first telephone exchange, as well as the world's first telephone book. Since its inception, SNET has held a monopoly on most of the telephone services in the state of Connecticut; the only remaining exception is the Greenwich and Byram exchanges where Verizon New York provides telephone service.
SNET and Cincinnati Bell were the only two companies in the old Bell System that the old AT&T only had a minority stake in; by 1983, AT&T's stake was only 19.6 percent. Therefore, neither is considered a Bell Operating Company; rather, they are considered independents.
Sale to SBC
The Southern New England Telephone Company was purchased for $4.4 Billion in 1998 by SBC Communications, which subsequently purchased the old AT&T, taking its name as the "new" AT&T. Under AT&T The Southern New England Telephone Company was known as AT&T Connecticut.
In 2006, AT&T merged the operations of Southern New England Telecommunications into AT&T Teleholdings. Southern New England Telephone then became a subsidiary of the company originally known as Ameritech within the AT&T corporate structure.
On June 1, 2007, the operations of Woodbury Telephone were merged into Southern New England Telephone. Woodbury Telephone is now defunct.
Sale to Frontier
On October 24, 2014, Frontier Communications completed its purchase of The Southern New England Telephone Company from AT&T for $2 billion. This is the second former unit of the Bell System to be acquired by Frontier, the first being Frontier West Virginia (originally C&P Telephone of West Virginia) which it purchased from Verizon in 2010.
The Southern New England Telephone Company currently does business as Frontier Communications of Connecticut.
- AT&T SNET Fairfield County White Pages, Customer Service Guide page 14, "Local Toll-free Calling Areas", August 2006 edition