You are dense. ATT was Ma Bell. Ma Bell was broken up into regional Bell Operating Companies. Bell Atlantic, was one of them, NYNEX, Verizon, all same company. YOU MUST understand this, but are being thick headed and playing with words.
Do you known the history of ATT, a company that was also known as the Bell System when all of the RBOC were included. People owned shares of ATT, and therefore owned shares of the Bell System and all of the Bell companies.
And just to add, when the monopoly broke up and Verizon became part of the share-conversion deal, my family and I have not looked back once. It has been a solid cash machine, beating the banks interest rates &/or Certificates of deposit since day one.
We have also added VZ shares consistently since the break-up.