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AT&T Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation supports programs designed to advance education, strengthen communities, and improve lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T invests in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs.


Established in 1984 in MO - In 1984, through an agreement between the former AT&T and the U.S. Department of Justice, AT&T agreed to divest itself of its local telephone operations but retain its long distance, R&D and manufacturing arms. From this arrangement, SBC Communications Inc. (formerly known as Southwestern Bell Corp.) was born. Twelve years later, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 triggered dramatic changes in the competitive landscape. SBC Communications Inc. established itself as a global communications provider by acquiring Pacific Telesis Group (1997), Southern New England Telecommunications (1998) and Ameritech Corp. (1999). In 2005, SBC Communications Inc. acquired AT&T Corp., creating the new AT&T. The company acquired BellSouth and its Cingular Wireless subsidiary in 2006.


AT&T Foundation

Company-sponsored foundation




208 S. Akard, Rm. 1200.56 Dallas, TX United States 75202-4206

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