Talk:AT&T

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for AT&T:
  • As usual, make sure that the page remains vandalism-free, and keep the page up to date, and at its best. aido2002 01:08, 7 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Add more information about the the products and services of AT&T. --Blackjack48 02:09, 30 June 2006 (UTC)
Priority 1 (top)

Telefónica blurb[edit]

I have a couple of issues with this blurb:

== In 2013, the Spanish Government would have dampened a friendly takeover attempt of AT&T on Telefónica, valued in 122,000 million euros. Such an impediment would be justified in the strategic nature of the company and AT&T would have taken a step backward.[11] ==

  1. I have a hard time parsing this. What does this mean exactly? Who was to take over whom?
  2. It seems highly speculative and vague. For instance, what does "...would have taken a step backward" refer to?
  3. Why is this blurb shown in such a prominent place in the article? It is, at best, of regional interest, not critical to the (history of the) company as a whole... Perhaps a separate "subsidiaries" type section would do?

No mentioning of Unix at all[edit]

It's a keypoint of AT&T. It's a wonder of wonders it has no "Unix" on the whole page. Xcislav (talk) 09:00, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

  • @Xcislav: Great point. Please read Talk:AT&T/Archive_1#Bell_Labs
  • Please also consider adding material about Unix to the article on AT&T Corporation, an older company that is a subisdiary of the 2005 AT&T.
  • I believe that AT&T gave up / sold control of Unix to X/Open and Novell in the early 1990s, and control of Bell Labs in 1996 (all before 2005) but both Unix and the labs probably deserve a mention in the history section.
--Hroðulf (or Hrothulf) (Talk) 11:16, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

Hello fellow Wikipedians,

I have just modified one external link on AT&T. Please take a moment to review my edit. If you have any questions, or need the bot to ignore the links, or the page altogether, please visit this simple FaQ for additional information. I made the following changes:

When you have finished reviewing my changes, please set the checked parameter below to true or failed to let others know (documentation at {{Sourcecheck}}).

You may set the |checked=, on this template, to true or failed to let other editors know you reviewed the change. If you find any errors, please use the tools below to fix them or call an editor by setting |needhelp= to your help request.

  • If you have discovered URLs which were erroneously considered dead by the bot, you can report them with this tool.
  • If you found an error with any archives or the URLs themselves, you can fix them with this tool.

If you are unable to use these tools, you may set |needhelp=<your help request> on this template to request help from an experienced user. Please include details about your problem, to help other editors.

Cheers.—InternetArchiveBot (Report bug) 10:54, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Too much penis & weeds in lead paragraph, not enough cogent summary[edit]

existing horror show

AT&T is the second largest provider of mobile telephone services and the largest provider of fixed telephone services[8] in the United States, and also provides broadband subscription television services through DirecTV. AT&T is the third-largest company in Texas (the largest non-oil company, behind only ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, and also the largest Dallas company).[9] As of May 2014, AT&T is the 23rd-largest company in the world as measured by a composite of revenues, profits, assets and market value,[10] and the 16th-largest non-oil company.[11] AT&T is the largest telecommunications company in the world by revenue. As of 2016, it is also the 17th-largest mobile telecom operator in the world, with 130.4 million mobile customers.[12] AT&T was ranked at #6 on the 2015 rankings of the world's most valuable brands published by Millward Brown Optimor.

The reward for making it through all this penis wagging? The reader is plunged straight into a quagmire of fine print:

AT&T Inc. began its existence as Southwestern Bell Corporation, one of seven Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC's) created in 1983 in the divestiture of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (founded 1885, later AT&T Corp.) following the 1982 United States v. AT&T antitrust lawsuit. Southwestern Bell changed its name to SBC Communications Inc. in 1995. In 2005, SBC purchased former parent AT&T Corp. and took on its branding, with the merged entity naming itself AT&T Inc. and using the iconic AT&T Corp. logo and stock-trading symbol.

suggested serving

What the first paragraph of the lead should look like, if this were written for the benefit of the harried reader:

AT&T Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate, headquartered at Whitacre Tower in downtown Dallas, Texas. Within the United States, AT&T is the the largest provider of fixed telephone services and a leading provider of mobile telephone and broadband subscription television. AT&T Inc. began its existence as Southwestern Bell Corporation, one of seven Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC's) created in 1983 in the divestiture of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.

AT&T can trace its origin back to the original Bell Telephone Company founded by Alexander Graham Bell after his invention of the telephone. In 2005, SBC purchased AT&T for $16 billion. After this purchase, SBC adopted the AT&T name and brand. The original 1885 AT&T still exists as the long-distance phone subsidiary of this company. Although the current AT&T as a corporate structure has only existed since 1983, the company has adopted the original AT&T's history as its own. The current AT&T reconstitutes much of the former Bell System and includes ten of the original 22 Bell Operating Companies, along with the original long distance division.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, AT&T is the second-largest donor to United States political campaigns, and the top American corporate donor, having contributed more than US$47.7 million since 1990, 56% of which went to Republicans and 44% of which went to Democrats. During the period of 1998 to 2010, the company expended US$130 million on lobbying in the United States. A key political issue for AT&T has been the question of which businesses win the right to profit by providing broadband internet access in the United States.

AT&T finds the continued burden of operating rural landlines really annoying. AT&T stated that it would declare the intentions for its rural landlines on November 7, 2012.

The company maintains a database of call detail records of all telephone calls that have passed through its network since 1987. In 2006, the Electronic Frontier Foundation lodged a class action lawsuit, Hepting v. AT&T, which alleged that AT&T had allowed agents of the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor phone and Internet communications of AT&T customers without warrants. If true, this would violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. AT&T has yet to confirm or deny that monitoring by the NSA is occurring.

In January 2008, the company reported plans to begin filtering all Internet traffic which passes through its network for intellectual property violations.

In June 2010, a hacker group known as Goatse Security discovered a vulnerability within AT&T that could allow anyone to uncover email addresses belonging to customers of AT&T 3G service for the Apple iPad.

In March 2012, the United States federal government announced a lawsuit against AT&T. The specific accusations state that AT&T "violated the False Claims Act by facilitating and seeking federal payment for IP Relay calls by international callers who were ineligible for the service and sought to use it for fraudulent purposes.

In October 2016, AT&T reached a deal to buy Time Warner for over $80 billion. If approved by federal regulators, the merger would bring AT&T's telecommunication holdings under the same umbrella as HBO, Turner Broadcasting System and the Warner Bros. studio.

That from a five-minute cut and paste job, mainly from existing text. I hate this article in its present state too much to touch it. Finally, notice the phrase "declare the intentions", lifted from existing text. A bit of an Orwellian ring there. That's a subtle long distancing word, as in the famous "that woman", is it not? — MaxEnt 13:56, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

I came to the talk page wondering if anyone felt the same way as me about the opening paragraph. It could use some work for sure. At the moment, it looks like a bullet point list squashed into one tight paragraph:
AT&T is <this>. AT&T is <that>. AT&T was <the other>.
The first two suggested replacement paragraphs read so much better. PatchWar (talk) 09:57, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

Hello fellow Wikipedians,

I have just modified 8 external links on AT&T. Please take a moment to review my edit. If you have any questions, or need the bot to ignore the links, or the page altogether, please visit this simple FaQ for additional information. I made the following changes:

When you have finished reviewing my changes, you may follow the instructions on the template below to fix any issues with the URLs.

You may set the |checked=, on this template, to true or failed to let other editors know you reviewed the change. If you find any errors, please use the tools below to fix them or call an editor by setting |needhelp= to your help request.

  • If you have discovered URLs which were erroneously considered dead by the bot, you can report them with this tool.
  • If you found an error with any archives or the URLs themselves, you can fix them with this tool.

If you are unable to use these tools, you may set |needhelp=<your help request> on this template to request help from an experienced user. Please include details about your problem, to help other editors.

Cheers.—InternetArchiveBot (Report bug) 13:35, 12 May 2017 (UTC)