Frontier Communications of Connecticut

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The Southern New England Telephone Company
Frontier Communications of Connecticut
Private (Subsidiary of Frontier)
HeadquartersNew Haven, Connecticut
Key people
Dan McCarthy Chairman and CEO
Ken Arndt
East Region President
Paul Quick
Senior VP & General Manager

Edward O'Connor Jr
Sales VP,Connecticut
Joseph Ferraiolo
Area General Manager
New Haven County

Zachary Tomblin
Area General Manager
Eastern Connecticut
ProductsLocal Telephone Service, Broadband
Number of employees
ParentSNET (1986–1998)
SBC/AT&T (1998–2014)
Frontier (2014-Present)

Frontier Communications of Connecticut, also known as The Southern New England Telephone Company (commonly referred to as SNET by its customers), is a local exchange carrier owned by Frontier Communications.


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 exceptions are the Greenwich and Byram exchanges where Verizon New York provides telephone service.[1]

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[edit]

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, operating as part of SNET/AT&T Connecticut, and later Frontier.

Sale to Frontier[edit]

On October 24, 2014, Frontier Communications completed its purchase of AT&T in CT 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 is owned by and a subsidiary of Frontier Communications of Connecticut, which acquired SNET and the old AT&T lines, and is the landline operator for CT.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • History - University of Connecticut Libraries
  • "AT&T Press Release Headlines & News from AT&T". Retrieved 2017-08-09.


  1. ^ AT&T SNET Fairfield County White Pages, Customer Service Guide page 14, "Local Toll-free Calling Areas", August 2006 edition