Its global network has one million miles of fiber and carries 33 petabytes (1,000 quadrillion bytes) daily, enough to carry all the estimated 150 million books in print. Helped by its once-exclusive Apple relationship, AT&T has 100 million mobile customers and 16 million broadband data subscribers.
Dividend outlook: Company culture supports payouts regardless of financials. Its current 4.7 percent dividend is below the 5.6 percent five-year average.
One-year stock appreciation: 24 percent