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Bell +‎ -head, after the Bell telephone company.


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Bellhead (plural Bellheads)

  1. (slang) A supporter of traditional centralized telecommunications networks, contrasted with nethead (a supporter of the Internet and its flexibility and technical underpinnings).
    • 2001, Cable vision (volume 25)
      But Bellhead analysts failed to recognize the tremendous value of these assets. Consequently, they were dumped into MediaOne when it split from US West.
    • 2010, Rob Frieden, Winning the Silicon Sweepstakes:
      Prior to the onset of technological innovations and new pro-competitive regulatory policies, Bellheads enjoyed the ability to manage change and to plan for the future at a leisurely pace.