The company maintains a database of call detail records of all telephone calls that have passed through its network since 1987.AT&T employees work at High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area offices (operated by the Office of National Drug Control Policy) in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston so data can be quickly turned over to law enforcement agencies.The company has also lobbied in support of several federal bills.AT&T supported the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2013 (H. 3675; 113th Congress), a bill that would make a number of changes to procedures that the U. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) follows in its rulemaking processes.
Bell Telephone Company evolved into American Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1885 which had since rebranded to AT&T Corporation. AT&T antitrust lawsuit, this resulted in the divestiture of AT&T Corp.'s ("Ma Bell") subsidiaries or Regional Bell Operating Companies ("Baby Bells"), resulting in several independent companies including Southwestern Bell Corporation . 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.(c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries." By October 10, 2007, AT&T had altered the terms and conditions for its Internet service to explicitly support freedom of expression by its subscribers, after an outcry claiming the company had given itself the right to censor its subscribers' transmissions.Section 5.1 of AT&T's new terms of service now reads "AT&T respects freedom of expression and believes it is a foundation of our free society to express differing points of view.The architect of divestiture for Southwestern Bell was Robert G. In the later half of the 1990s, the company acquired several other telecommunications companies, including some Baby Bells, while selling its cable business.
During this time, the company changed its name to SBC Communications.
On July 13, 2017, it was reported that AT&T is going to introduce a cloud-based DVR streaming service as part of its effort to create a unified platform across Direc TV and its Direc TV Now streaming service, with U-verse to be added soon.