One year after its debut of offering long distance services in Tennessee and Florida, BellSouth says it now has more than 3.4 million customers region-wide.

On Dec. 30, 2002, BellSouth was granted FCC approval to offer service in these two states. The Atlanta-based company became the first regional Bell to offer long distance services to its entire service area, having received permission in its other seven states, including Georgia and the Carolinas, earlier in 2002.

“Customers had been asking for the convenience of buying all their communications services from one point of contact and on one bill,” said Rex Adams, president of BellSouth Long Distance. “As of 2002, we have been able to deliver on that, offering customers local, long distance, Internet and wireless services, on one bill at significant cost savings, depending on the services customers buy.”