AT&T Inc. is the largest communications holding company in the United States and worldwide, by revenue. Its millions of customers are concentrated in 22 states, including North Carolina, where Charlotte is its state headquarters.
Operating under the AT&T brand, AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates offer the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access, and voice services.
As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding video entertainment offerings to include next-generation television services such as AT&T U-verse(SM) TV.
Through its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, AT&T is the nation's largest directory publisher, delivering 178 million directories a year and publishing more than 1,250 different directories in 22 states. Its Internet Yellow Pages network received more than 1 billion local searches in 2006.
The new AT&T is a product of the 2006 merger of AT&T and BellSouth, along with the ownership consolidation of Cingular Wireless and YELLOWPAGES.COM. This merger is speeding convergence, competition and continued innovation in the communications and entertainment industry, creating new solutions for consumers and businesses.
Today, AT&T operates one of the world's most advanced and powerful global backbone networks, carrying more than 9.81 petabytes of data traffic on an average business day to nearly every continent and country, with up to 99.999 percent reliability. The company ranks as one of the world's largest providers of IP-based communications services for businesses, with an extensive portfolio of Virtual Private Network (VPN), Voice over IP (VoIP) and other offerings, all backed by innovative security and customer support capabilities.
Domestically, AT&T is the largest provider of broadband services, with more than 12.9 million lines in service (1Q07), and of wireless services, with more than 62.2 million customers. In addition, the company is the leading U.S. provider of local and long distance voice services, with 66 million lines.
The new AT&T is continuing to build on its predecessor companies' heritage of deploying innovative, reliable products and services, supported by excellent customer care. It is also continuing a century-long tradition of community involvement and corporate citizenship, helping to make the communities it serves as strong and vibrant as they can be.
AT&T's commitment to community service has been widely recognized. In 2006, Forbes magazine named the AT&T Foundation among the "25 Most Generous Corporate Foundations," ranking the company 11th on the magazine's list of top corporate donors.
The AT&T Foundation provides grants to organizations and programs that address quality-of-life issues, with an emphasis on improving education, advancing community development, addressing vital community needs and enhancing unique cultural assets. Over more than 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have committed $1.8 billion to a multitude of philanthropic programs in communities across the country. With the creation of the new AT&T, the predecessor charitable organizations of the former BellSouth and Cingular are being combined. The new company will maintain historical commitments of charitable contributions and community activities.