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Frontier Communications of Connecticut

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

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)
AT&T Inc. (1998–2014)
Frontier (2014-Present)


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 logo, 1969-1983

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 was considered a Bell Operating Company; rather, they were considered independents.

Sale to SBCEdit

SNET 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, SNET was known as AT&T Connecticut.

In 2006, AT&T merged the operations of SNET into AT&T Teleholdings, formerly Ameritech, making it a subsidiary of the latter.

On June 1, 2007, the operations of Woodbury Telephone were merged into SNET.

Sale to FrontierEdit

On October 24, 2014, Frontier Communications completed its purchase of AT&T's Connecticut operations, including Southern New England Telephone and SNET America, for $2 billion.[2] The company began doing business as Frontier Communications of Connecticut. It 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 was purchased from Verizon in 2010.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • 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
  2. ^ Pilon, Matt (June 6, 2018). "Frontier's CT losses spike". Retrieved January 23, 2019.