MarketWatch  6 hrs ago  Comment 
AT&T Inc.’s stock has been beating the pants off Apple Inc.’s in the three months since Apple replaced AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, just as recent history suggested it might.
newratings.com  7 hrs ago  Comment 
MOUNTAIN VIEW (dpa-AFX) - Technology companies are increasingly being scrutinized for their transparency and privacy practices when they handle government requests for customer data. Meanwhile, customers are worried about how well their data is...
Jutia Group  9 hrs ago  Comment 
[at TheStreet] - With the FCC fining AT&T $100 million for misleading its customers, we decided to check Quant Ratings for some integrated telecom stocks to buy. Read more on this. AT&T, Inc. (T), valued at $181.70B, opened this morning at...
TheStreet.com  9 hrs ago  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Big telecoms are under the regulatory microscope these days. The FCC plans to fine AT&T $100 million for harming its customers, following new rules regulating telecoms that took effect on June 12. AT&T, which is set...
Telecom Ramblings  9 hrs ago  Comment 
For this month's Friday poll, let's talk about regulators.  Between net neutrality, the collapse of the Comcast/TWC deal, this week's AT&T fine for limiting unlimited bandwidth, and a host of smaller items, the US regulatory system has been...
Jutia Group  Jun 18  Comment 
[at Forbes] - Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of apparent liability against AT&T for $100 million for supposedly misleading consumers about its wireless speeds and the unlimited nature of its broadband offering and...
Telecom Ramblings  Jun 18  Comment 
The telecommunications giants are in the regulatory doghouse this week it seems, with both AT&T and Verizon taking some heat. AT&T was fined an impressively large sum of $100M for selling 'unlimited' plans and then throttling traffic for people...


AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a U.S. telecommunications services provider, and the second largest U.S. wireless carrier in the United States. AT&T provides telephone, Internet, and computer telephone services to over 95 million customers in 22 states in the U.S. AT&T operates across four segments: Wireless, Wireline, Advertising Solutions, and Other. In fiscal year 2010, AT&T recorded revenues of $124.3 billion and net income of $19.8 billion. AT&T continues to invest heavily to improve high-speed internet and video offerings as consumer demand for these services continues to rise. AT&T's increased investments is evident in its $4.4 billion initiative to build a fiber-optic network to offer IP-based video, broadband Internet, and VoIP services over a single line.


AT&T competes primarily with other telecommunications services companies, including Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, Leap Wireless, and MetroPCS.

  • Leap Wireless: Leap is a niche player in the telecommunications space, offering pre-paid, unlimited wireless plans, so it does not compete directly with AT&T Wireless. The company targets youth and minority markets, and its payment structure means customers avoid credit checks and contracts.

and then the fox jumped over the bush.

  • Sprint Nextel: Through its Sprint, Nextel, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Assurance Wireless sub-brands, Sprint Nextel competes across both wireless and wireline with AT&T. Although in recent years Spring has been hemorrhaging customers, it has invested heavily to launch the first 4G network and retain customers, and has shifted away from the post-paid segment where AT&T and Verizon Wireless dominate to focus on the pre-paid subscriber niche.
  • MetroPCS: Similar to Leap Wireless, MetroPCS focuses on the youth and minority pre-paid segment demographic, lacking the scale of AT&T, Verizon Communications, and Sprint Nextel. It has not needed to rely on massive capital expenditures as its geographic focus is the densely-populated urban market; this has helped the company achieve high margins relative to its competitors.

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