AT&T Named Most Admired Telecommunications Company

One of Top 50 Most Admired Companies in the World

Dallas, Texas, March 2, 2009


AT&T* today announced that Fortune magazine has named AT&T the Most Admired Company in the telecommunications industry, marking 11 times in 14 years AT&T has received the top distinction. Fortune also named AT&T among the Top 50 Most Admired companies in the world — across all industries — for the second time.

AT&T joins an elite group of other corporate leaders ranked No. 1 in their industries, including Procter & Gamble, Visa, Wal-Mart Stores and FedEx.

"AT&T is committed to being the industry leader — delivering the mobility, bandwidth and services that people and businesses need to stay connected, anytime, anywhere," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman, chief executive officer and president. "This honor is a real tribute to the competitive drive, the passion to serve and the innovative spirit that defines the people of AT&T."

The magazine's Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected registers of corporate performance and reputation in the nation. This year, the magazine changed its survey format, combining the world's and America's Most Admired surveys into one global survey.

To identify the Most Admired Companies, Fortune and its partner, the Hay Group, survey top executives and directors from Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, along with financial analysts, to identify companies that have the strongest reputations both inside and outside their industries. Companies are rated on attributes that include the ability to attract and retain talented people, the quality of products and services, the quality of management, innovation, social responsibility, use of corporate assets and long-term investment value.

* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services, the nation's fastest 3G network and the best wireless coverage worldwide, and the nation's leading high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of their three-screen integration strategy, AT&T operating companies are expanding their TV entertainment offerings. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's lists of the Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at

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