Note: This company has areas of concern around Political Influence and Business Ethics.
175 E. Houston San Antonio TX USA
AT&T, the matronly telecom icon broken apart in 1984 after a landmark antitrust case, has reunited the Bell family. AT&T Inc. (formerly SBC Communications) was formed in 2005 when former Baby Bell SBC bought AT&T Corp. for some $16 billion, creating the largest telecom outfit in the US. After the merger, SBC adopted the globally familiar AT&T moniker. In 2006 AT&T purchased southern Baby Bell BellSouth in the largest telecommunications takeover in US history, valued at $86 billion. AT&T now has more than 68 million access lines in service. AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular Wireless), singularly controlled by AT&T, is the nation's leading wireless carrier.
 Business Ethics
- US: AT&T Seeks to Hide Spy Docs: "AT&T is seeking the return of technical documents presented in a lawsuit that allegedly detail how the telecom giant helped the government set up a massive internet wiretap operation in its San Francisco facilities. In papers filed late Monday, AT&T argued that confidential technical documents provided by an ex-AT&T technician to the Electronic Frontier Foundation shouldn't be used as evidence in the case and should be returned. The documents, which the EFF filed under a temporary seal last Wednesday, purportedly detail how AT&T diverts internet traffic to the National Security Agency via a secret room in San Francisco and allege that such rooms exist in other AT&T switching centers."
- US: S.F. Reviewing Pact with AT&T: "A federal lawsuit filed by Internet privacy advocate Electronic Frontier Foundation accuses the telecommunications giant of illegally cooperating with the NSA to make communications on AT&T networks available to the spy agency without warrants. According to the lawsuit, AT&T allowed the NSA to install data-mining equipment in secret rooms at AT&T offices in San Francisco and a handful of other cities."
 Political Influence
- US: How Congress Benefits from Corporate Flights: "Public records and internal company documents obtained by USA TODAY show that over the past four years, BellSouth has flown federal government officials on such political trips about 100 times... This perk for lawmakers is under scrutiny this week as the Senate seeks to rewrite the rules of the influence game in the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., are pushing to curb the cut-rate travel service... BellSouth has agreed to be acquired by AT&T, which was recently purchased by another telecommunications company, SBC."
 Human Rights
- Pearl Jam censored by AT&T, calls for a neutral 'Net: "The incident happened during a Lollapalooza webcast over at AT&T's "Blue Room" media showcase. Pearl Jam's performance of their big 90's hit "Daughter" morphed into the melody from Pink Floyd's "The Wall," and Eddie Vedder served up a pair of anti-Bush lyrics to the tune. "George Bush, leave this world alone," he sang. "George Bush, find yourself another home." Fans at the event got to hear the words in all their glory, but in the webcast, the lines were censored—AT&T made the decision to silence them, apparently believing that they would prove offensive to listeners."