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Holly Reed is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs at AT&T. AT&T is one of the largest telecommunications and networking providers in the world, operating in 60 countries and 850 cities worldwide.
Reed is the Co-Chair of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as of July 2011.
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our ExposedbyCMD.org site.
AT&T is divided into AT&T Business Services and AT&T Consumer Services.
In 2005, SBC bought AT&T Corp., creating the largest telecommunications company in the U.S. Then SBC took on the name AT&T. In 2006, AT&T purchased BellSouth for $86 billion in the largest telecommunications takeover in U.S. history. AT&T now services more than 68 million phone lines. Cingular Wireless changed into AT&T Mobility, which is under AT&T and is the country's largest wireless carrier.
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