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Southeast Baby Bell cuts 2,100 jobs

Friday, 4 February 2000 23:21 (ET)

ATLANTA, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- BellSouth said Friday it would cut 2,100 jobs in its nine-state telecommunications region, including 1,365 jobs in Atlanta.

The announcement, a week after Coca-Cola said it would eliminate 6,000 jobs worldwide, is the first big payroll cut for BellSouth since the mid-1990s. The Baby Bell company has 21,000 workers in Atlanta.

Staff functions will be consolidated "to be more responsive to our customers' needs," said chairman and chief executive officer Duane Ackerman. Company spokesman Bill Getch said the changes will take place by September and make BellSouth "faster, more agile" in the fast- growing Southeastern United States.

BellSouth announced last week that its fourth-quarter profit increased 21 percent. It cited rapid expansion of its wireless and data businesses. BellSouth's profit, excluding onetime items, was $1 billion, compared with $831 million a year ago.

The $25 billion communications services company provides Internet and data services to more than 37 million customers in 20 countries worldwide.

-- snooze button (, February 05, 2000


...and this, of course, would have nothing to do with the fact that Da Baby Bellz were taking tax writeoffs they hadn'ta shoulda...

-- I'm Here, I'm There (I'm Everywhere@so.beware), February 05, 2000.


[sarcasm ON]

Let me get this straight. Bell South serves a fast growing area. Bell South wants to provide better customer service to the customers they have now and to those they will gain in the future.

So their "plan" is to eliminate jobs to help them provide better service?

Sounds like it is more self-serving than customer serving.

Golly...I'm stunned.

[sarcasm off]

-- Wilferd (, February 05, 2000.

Heard this on local news and was rather surprised too about Bellsouth. Also heard Lockheed is laying off and they are over in Marietta, GA so Georgia is getting a bit zapped with these recent lay offs.

Maybe the hoards of people will stop moving here and the roads will clear up some. I don't know the real stats but the Hwys of Atlanta Metro area are so congested it takes an hour and a half to go the same place as it took 40 minutes a decade ago.

Atlanta is not the great place to live it use to be, much to crowded with to few good roads or public transportation. MARTA is trying to build but it takes time and they are about 10 years overdue.


-- Obo (, February 05, 2000.

Can you spell r-e-c-e-s-s-i-o-n? It's coming.

MARTA will be ready after the next recession is over.

-- Dave (, February 05, 2000.

Georgias Representative, George Grindley,, send out a monthly update e-mail. For those living in the state, you might want to alert him.

George H. Grindley Jr.
P.O. Box 747, Marietta, GA. 30061

(Not sure why Im on his list, out here in California, but hes always appeared to be one of the more saavy, and public responsive politicians. Must be the Y2K connection).



-- Diane J. Squire (, February 05, 2000.

Hey snooze- Yep, go phigure huh? BellSouth, Bell Atlantic Profits Up

Isn't this the same company involved in part of the "Mannesmann, Vodafone Set To Merge" super deal?

-- Michael (, February 05, 2000.

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