AT&T Corporation History
Bedminster, New Jersey 07921
Telephone: (908) 221-2000
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Incorporated: 1885 as American Telephone and Telegr
Telephone: (908) 221-2000
Fax: (908) 532-1675
Incorporated: 1885 as American Telephone and Telegraph Company
Sales: $34.52 billion (2003)
Stock Exchanges: New York
Ticker Symbol: T
NAIC: 517110 Wired Telecommunications Carriers; 334111 Electronic Computer Manufacturing; 334210 Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing; 515210 Cable and Other Subscription Programming; 522298 All Other Non-Depository Credit Intermediation; 522320 Financial Transactions Processing, Reserve, and Clearing House
It takes the right technology, the right people, and a bold vision to be the "The World's Networking Company." For more than 125 years, AT&T has been known for unparalleled quality and reliability in communications. Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, our commitment to innovation has made us a global leader in local, long distance, Internet, and transaction-based voice and data services.
- The American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) is formed, establishing the first national telephone network.
- The first coin-operated pay phone is installed in Hartford, Connecticut.
- AT&T begins reducing its prices to wrest control away from independent telephone companies.
- AT&T establishes WEAF in New York City, marking its entry in the commercial radio business.
- Microwave radio becomes the technological basis of long-distance telephone calls.
- Telstar, the first AT&T satellite, is launched.
- Plans for the breakup of AT&T are approved, leading to the creation of independent, regional telephone companies and freeing AT&T to enter non-telecommunications businesses.
- AT&T is organized into two divisions, AT&T Communications and AT&T Technologies.
- AT&T acquires NCR Corporation, a computer maker, in a $7.4 billion transaction.
- AT&T enters the cellular telephone business with the $12.8 billion acquisition of McCaw Cellular Communications.
- AT&T announces it is splitting into three companies, AT&T Corporation, Lucent Technologies, and NCR Corporation.
- AT&T acquires cable television giant, Tele-Communications Inc., in a $53.5 billion deal.
- AT&T outbids Comcast and Microsoft to acquire MediaOne Inc., making the company the nation's largest operator of cable television.
- Comcast acquires AT&T Broadband for $72 billion.
- AT&T Wireless is sold for $41 billion to Cingular Wireless.
- Anderson, Julia, "Clark County, Wash., AT&T Broadband Subscribers to Become Customers of Comcast," Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, December 5, 2002.
- "AT&T: Breaking up Is Still Hard to Do," Business Week, November 6, 2000, p. 173.
- Bonamici, Kate, "Bells and Whistles," Fortune, April 19, 2004, p. 146.
- Brooks, John, Telephone: The First Hundred Years, New York: Harper and Row, 1976.
- Evans, David S., ed., Breaking Up Bell: Essays on Industrial Organization and Regulation, New York: Elsevier Science Publishing Co., 1983.
- Faletra, Robert, "What Is AT&T Thinking with Its Dramatic Shift in Channels," Computer Reseller News, October 18, 2004, p. 94.
- Finneran, Michael, "The AT&T Breakup: A New Model for a Global Telecom Colossus," Business Communications Review, November 1995, pp. 78-9.
- Goldblatt, Henry, "AT&T Finally Has an Operator," Fortune, February 16, 1998, pp. 79-80.
- Greenfield, Karl Taro, "Ma Everything!," Time, May 17, 1999, pp. 58-60.
- Greenwald, John, "AT&T's Power Shake," Time, July 6, 1998, pp. 76-8.
- Howe, Peter J., "AT&T Chairman Addresses Boston Audience on Future of Company," Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, November 8, 2000.
- Kirkpatrick, David, "Could AT&T Rule the World?," Fortune, May 17, 1993, p. 54.
- ------, "AT&T Has the Plan," Fortune, October 16, 1995, pp. 84-6.
- Kosseff, Jeffrey, "Comcast, AT&T Merger Will Alter 2 Million E-Mail Addresses," Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, December 4, 2002.
- Kupfer, Andrew, "AT&T's $12 Billion Cellular Dream," Fortune, December 12, 1994, p. 100.
- ------, "AT&T: Ready to Run, Nowhere to Hide," Fortune, April 29, 1996, pp. 116-18.
- ------, "AT&T Gets Lucky," Fortune, November 9, 1998, pp. 108-10.
- Loomis, Carol J., "AT&T Has No Clothes," Fortune, February 5, 1996, pp. 78-80.
- Mehta, Stephanie N., "Great Balls of Fire," Fortune, November 13, 2000, p. 44.
- ------, "The New AT&T: Not Quite Its Old Self," Fortune, July 12, 2004, p. 34.
- McCarroll, Thomas, "How AT&T Plans to Reach out and Touch Everyone," Time, July 5, 1993, p. 44.
- Scheisel, Seth, "AT&T Conjures up Its Vision for Cable, But Can It Deliver?," New York Times, May 7, 1999, p. 1C.
- Sims, Calvin, "AT&T's New Call to Arms," New York Times, January 22, 1989.
- Slutsker, Gary, "The Tortoise and the Hare," Forbes, February 1, 1993, p. 66.
- Snyder, Beth, "AT&T Joins Wave of Marketers Hiding IDs Behind New Brands: Lucky Dog Dial-Around Service Aims for Value-Conscious Crowd," Advertising Age, November 2, 1998, p. 17.
- Trager, Louis, "AT&T Sticks to Consumer Path," Interactive Week Online, May 3, 1999.
- Villano, Matt, "Who Ya Gonna Call?," Computer Reseller News, November 1, 2004, p. 80.
- Waserman, Todd, "AT&T: We're All About Business Now," Brandweek, August 9, 2004, p. 4.
Source: International Directory of Company Histories, Vol.68. St. James Press, 2005.