This week I’m seeking a prestigious and long-term dividend-paying stock from the communications services sector. 

That sector has companies that connect us electronically in either of two ways: telecommunications, or pay TV. 

Today I’m reviewing a large-cap telecom institution named AT&T, Inc. Its trading ticker symbol is T.

AT&T Inc is engaged in the provision of communications and digital entertainment services in the United States and the world. It provides fixed-line services, including voice, data, and television services to consumers and small businesses.

The company operates through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility, and International. 

The Business Solutions segment offers wireless services, strategic services, legacy voice, data services, wireless equipment, and other services to institutional, and individual subscribers. 

The Entertainment Group segment provides video entertainment and audio programming channels to approximately 25 million subscribers; broadband and Internet services to 13.5 million residential subscribers; local and long-distance voice services. 

The Consumer Mobility segment offers postpaid and prepaid wireless voice and data communications services to consumers, and wireless wholesale and resale subscribers, as well as accessories, such as carrying cases, hands-free devices, and other items. 

The International segment offers digital television services, including local and international digital video entertainment and audio programming under the DIRECTV and SKY brands throughout Latin America. 

The company was formerly known as SBC Communications Inc. and changed its name to AT&T Inc. in November 2005. AT&T Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

You may remember its forebear as Ma Bell. Who knew she could dance?

I use three key data points to gauge the value of any dividend equity or fund likeAT&T, Inc. (T ): 

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