Recommendation to Our Subscribers on Your E-mail Provider

In September 2007, AT&T changed its legal policy to state that “AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service, any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you, without notice for conduct that AT&T believes … (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. AT&T will not terminate, disconnect or suspend service because of the views you or we express on public policy matters, political issues or political campaigns.” ~ From Wikipedia entry on AT&T

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Table of Contents

 

I. Please Change Your E-mail Provider: AT&T
II. AT&T is Censoring Your Access & Failing to Disclose to You They are Doing So
III. Recommended E-mail
IV. How to Update Your E-mail Address at the Solari Report
V. Appendix A: Selected E-Mail Correspondence Related to AT&T Block of the Solari Report Domain Hosted at Liquid Web
VI. Appendix B: Overview/Background on AT&T
VII. Appendix C: Material Disclosures

Please Change Your E-mail Provider: AT&T

This commentary is written for our subscribers who use AT&T for their Internet service, including e-mail and web browsing. This includes both att.net as well as domains assumed in the process of acquisition or mergers, including: sbcglobal.net, bellsouth.net, swbell.net, pacbell.net, prodigy.net, flash.net, snet.net.

We recommend that you change the Internet service and e-mail you use to receive mailings from or browse the Solari Report – and indeed, all independent media – to a domain not controlled or owned by AT&T, and preferably to a domain not owned and controlled by any other large private telecommunications corporation or social media providers.

We have provided some suggestions for potential e-mail providers below.

AT&T is Censoring Your Access & Failing to Disclose to You They are Doing So

On February 23, the Solari website went offline for unknown reasons. I believe those reasons relate to historical as well as current covert interference from unidentified parties.

The Solari team has been working on a new website for several years. One of our goals was to create a website that would be less vulnerable to cyberwarfare attacks and interference. When our website went down, I made a decision to not invest time or money in bringing our existing website back up and instead focused our team on bringing up the new website in two phases. We launched the first phase on March 23. We have been actively working with our subscribers since to ensure that their access and usage to our site is working smoothly.

Additional major surprises from a large payment gateway regarding our account necessitated that we not use new subscription software that we had chosen and successfully tested on an extensive basis. Instead we needed to prototype new subscription software from our existing provider. This necessitated our requesting that our subscribers change their password for the new site.  Subscription communications relating to subscribers accounts – whether access, invoices, password changes or account management – necessitated a flow of e-mail communications throughout this period.

On February 23, we also identified that our subscriber email for our domain at our website host LiquidWeb was being blocked by Google, Yahoo, and AT&T.

Our systems administration personnel requested that the block be lifted, there being no basis (such as spamming) to block our e-mail. Google and Yahoo did so in a reasonable period of time.  AT&T did not. Thus began a five week process of our steadily working to get the AT& T block lifted and to receive an explanation regarding the basis for such a block. This effort continues without success.

We have provided selected email correspondence in the Appendix below to give you a flavor of the extraordinary time consuming nature of this situation for subscribers using AT&T internet services and for the Solari team. We have gone so far to reach out to AT&T personnel to help.  They insist that their technical team can find no evidence of a block or reason for a block at AT&T.

In addition, we took the extraordinary step of requesting a new IP Address from our website host Liquid Web, only to discover that AT&T had placed on block on it as of the time it went into the service – our first e-mail test was one AT&T e-mail address.

This is the equivalent of getting a speeding ticket from the police as you are signing the paperwork for your new car, and before you have driven it out of the dealers parking lot.

As a result of our experience and good faith effort to communicate with AT&T and provide numerous work arounds without success, we have concluded that AT&T is censoring your access and failing to disclose to you that they are doing so and why.  At this point, we feel that it is worth your time to make an effort to find a more trustworthy Internet service and e-mail provider.

Recommended E-mail

We or our subscribers have had good experience with the following e-mail providers:

Here is a list from Freedom Hacker (and another list for the dark web) of e-mail services that take privacy seriously.

Whatever service you use, please do not use an email package that consistently blocks information you have paid for and requested.

Please feel free to post any recommendations or comments below.

How to Update Your E-mail Address at the Solari Report

Once you have your new e-mail address, please forward it to support@solari.com. We will change your account e-mail address and issue you a new temporary password.  Your new user name will be your new e-mail address.  We will send you your temporary password on your new e-mail account.

Login to your account with your temporary password and update your password to one known only to you.

Postscript

I have been asked by subscribers to note that they believe to avoid this blockage that they need to change their ISP and cell provider, including pre-paid cell.

Appendix A: Selected E-Mail Correspondence Related to AT&T Block of the Solari Report Domain Hosted at Liquid Web

On 4/3/18 9:49 AM, SYSTEMS ADMIN ASST wrote:

See link below.

https://www.att.com/esupport/article.html#!/dsl-high-speed/KM1010523

On 04/03/2018 03:21 AM, Catherine Austin Fitts wrote:

Need complete list of all domins owned/controlled by AT&T – can you resend? I can not find

FROM SOLARI SYSTEM ADMIN: 4/2/18 – AT&T Domain Blocks

@solarireport:/var/log# cat mail.log
Mar 30 15:53:17 solarireport postfix/pickup[12421]: 63DB7C07C7: uid=0 from=<root>
Mar 30 15:53:17 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 63DB7C07C7: message-id=<20180330225317.63DB7C07C7@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:53:17 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 63DB7C07C7: from=<@solarireport.com>, size=324, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:53:20 solarireport postfix/smtp[17681]: 63DB7C07C7: to=<stupid@bellsouth.net>, relay=ff-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.159.21]:25, delay=2.9, delays=0.01/0/2.8/0.06, dsn=5.3.0, status=bounced (host ff-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.159.21] said: 553 5.3.0 flpd583 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.50 >_is_blocked.For assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL FROM command))
Mar 30 15:53:20 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 507A4C0816: message-id=<20180330225320.507A4C0816@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:53:20 solarireport postfix/bounce[17682]: 63DB7C07C7: sender non-delivery notification: 507A4C0816
Mar 30 15:53:20 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 507A4C0816: from=<>, size=2447, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:53:20 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 63DB7C07C7: removed
Mar 30 15:53:20 solarireport postfix/local[17683]: 507A4C0816: to=<@solarireport.com>, relay=local, delay=0.01, delays=0/0/0/0, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to mailbox)
Mar 30 15:53:20 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 507A4C0816: removed
Mar 30 15:54:16 solarireport postfix/pickup[12421]: 2DAF2C07C7: uid=0 from=<root>
Mar 30 15:54:16 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 2DAF2C07C7: message-id=<20180330225416.2DAF2C07C7@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:54:16 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 2DAF2C07C7: from=<@solarireport.com>, size=322, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:54:17 solarireport postfix/smtp[17681]: 2DAF2C07C7: to=<stupid@pacbell.net>, relay=ff-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.159.22]:25, delay=1.1, delays=0.01/0/1.1/0.05, dsn=5.3.0, status=bounced (host ff-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.159.22] said: 553 5.3.0 flph824 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.50 >_is_blocked.For assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL FROM command))
Mar 30 15:54:17 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 5F1A4C0816: message-id=<20180330225417.5F1A4C0816@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:54:17 solarireport postfix/bounce[17682]: 2DAF2C07C7: sender non-delivery notification: 5F1A4C0816
Mar 30 15:54:17 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 5F1A4C0816: from=<>, size=2439, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:54:17 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 2DAF2C07C7: removed
Mar 30 15:54:17 solarireport postfix/local[17683]: 5F1A4C0816: to=<solarireport.com>, relay=local, delay=0.01, delays=0/0/0/0, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to mailbox)
Mar 30 15:54:17 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 5F1A4C0816: removed
Mar 30 15:54:55 solarireport postfix/pickup[12421]: DE618C07C7: uid=0 from=<root>
Mar 30 15:54:55 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: DE618C07C7: message-id=<20180330225455.DE618C07C7@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:54:55 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: DE618C07C7: from=<solarireport.com>, size=321, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:54:56 solarireport postfix/smtp[17681]: DE618C07C7: to=<stupid@swbell.net>, relay=al-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.235.144]:25, delay=0.25, delays=0.01/0/0.21/0.03, dsn=5.3.0, status=bounced (host al-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.235.144] said: 553 5.3.0 alph739 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.50 >_is_blocked.For assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL FROM command))
Mar 30 15:54:56 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 2D2FDC0816: message-id=<20180330225456.2D2FDC0816@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:54:56 solarireport postfix/bounce[17682]: DE618C07C7: sender non-delivery notification: 2D2FDC0816
Mar 30 15:54:56 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 2D2FDC0816: from=<>, size=2436, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:54:56 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: DE618C07C7: removed
Mar 30 15:54:56 solarireport postfix/local[17683]: 2D2FDC0816: to=<solarireport.com>, relay=local, delay=0.01, delays=0/0/0/0, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to mailbox)
Mar 30 15:54:56 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 2D2FDC0816: removed
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/pickup[12421]: 7CA3DC07C7: uid=0 from=<root>
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 7CA3DC07C7: message-id=<20180330225525.7CA3DC07C7@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 7CA3DC07C7: from=<@solarireport.com>, size=324, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/smtp[17681]: 7CA3DC07C7: to=<stupid@bellsouth.net>, relay=ff-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.159.22]:25, delay=0.32, delays=0.01/0/0.26/0.06, dsn=5.3.0, status=bounced (host ff-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.159.22] said: 553 5.3.0 flph822 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.50 >_is_blocked.For assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL FROM command))
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: D97A1C0816: message-id=<20180330225525.D97A1C0816@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/bounce[17682]: 7CA3DC07C7: sender non-delivery notification: D97A1C0816
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: D97A1C0816: from=<>, size=2447, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 7CA3DC07C7: removed
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/local[17683]: D97A1C0816: to=<solarireport.com>, relay=local, delay=0.01, delays=0/0/0/0, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to mailbox)
Mar 30 15:55:25 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: D97A1C0816: removed
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/pickup[12421]: 20D3DC07C7: uid=0 from=<root>
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 20D3DC07C7: message-id=<20180330225604.20D3DC07C7@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 20D3DC07C7: from=<solarireport.com>, size=322, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/smtp[17681]: 20D3DC07C7: to=<stupid@prodigy.net>, relay=ff-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.159.21]:25, delay=0.38, delays=0.01/0/0.31/0.05, dsn=5.3.0, status=bounced (host ff-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.159.21] said: 553 5.3.0 flpd595 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.50 >_is_blocked.For assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL FROM command))
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 8A5E9C0816: message-id=<20180330225604.8A5E9C0816@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/bounce[17682]: 20D3DC07C7: sender non-delivery notification: 8A5E9C0816
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 8A5E9C0816: from=<>, size=2439, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 20D3DC07C7: removed
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/local[17683]: 8A5E9C0816: to=<solarireport.com>, relay=local, delay=0.01, delays=0/0/0/0, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to mailbox)
Mar 30 15:56:04 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 8A5E9C0816: removed
Mar 30 15:56:37 solarireport postfix/pickup[12421]: 09786C07C7: uid=0 from=<root>
Mar 30 15:56:37 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 09786C07C7: message-id=<20180330225637.09786C07C7@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:56:37 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 09786C07C7: from=solarireport.com>, size=319, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:56:43 solarireport postfix/smtp[17681]: 09786C07C7: to=<stupid@snet.net>, relay=al-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.235.144]:25, delay=6.4, delays=0.01/0/6.4/0.03, dsn=5.3.0, status=bounced (host al-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.235.144] said: 553 5.3.0 alph147 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.50 >_is_blocked.For assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL FROM command))
Mar 30 15:56:43 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 6ED7FC0816: message-id=<20180330225643.6ED7FC0816@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:56:43 solarireport postfix/bounce[17682]: 09786C07C7: sender non-delivery notification: 6ED7FC0816
Mar 30 15:56:43 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 6ED7FC0816: from=<>, size=2428, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:56:43 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 09786C07C7: removed
Mar 30 15:56:43 solarireport postfix/local[17683]: 6ED7FC0816: to=<solarireport.com>, relay=local, delay=0.01, delays=0/0/0/0, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to mailbox)
Mar 30 15:56:43 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 6ED7FC0816: removed
Mar 30 15:57:08 solarireport postfix/pickup[12421]: E3B67C07C7: uid=0 from=<root>
Mar 30 15:57:08 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: E3B67C07C7: message-id=<20180330225708.E3B67C07C7@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:57:08 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: E3B67C07C7: from=<solarireport.com>, size=320, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:57:09 solarireport postfix/smtp[17681]: E3B67C07C7: to=<stupid@glash.net>, relay=mx-ef.myregisteredsite.com[209.17.115.17]:25, delay=0.66, delays=0.01/0/0.55/0.11, dsn=5.0.0, status=bounced (host mx-ef.myregisteredsite.com[209.17.115.17] said: 550 5.0.0 <stupid@glash.net>… User unknown (in reply to RCPT TO command))
Mar 30 15:57:09 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 985E6C0816: message-id=<20180330225709.985E6C0816@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:57:09 solarireport postfix/bounce[17682]: E3B67C07C7: sender non-delivery notification: 985E6C0816
Mar 30 15:57:09 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 985E6C0816: from=<>, size=2261, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:57:09 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: E3B67C07C7: removed
Mar 30 15:57:09 solarireport postfix/local[17683]: 985E6C0816: to=<solarireport.com>, relay=local, delay=0.01, delays=0/0/0/0, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to mailbox)
Mar 30 15:57:09 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 985E6C0816: removed
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/pickup[12421]: 0CEFDC07C7: uid=0 from=<root>
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 0CEFDC07C7: message-id=<20180330225809.0CEFDC07C7@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 0CEFDC07C7: from=<solarireport.com>, size=320, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/smtp[17681]: 0CEFDC07C7: to=<stupid@att.net>, relay=ff-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.159.22]:25, delay=0.33, delays=0.01/0/0.27/0.06, dsn=5.3.0, status=bounced (host ff-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[144.160.159.22] said: 553 5.3.0 flpd573 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.50 >_is_blocked.For assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL FROM command))
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17679]: 6BD74C0816: message-id=<20180330225809.6BD74C0816@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/bounce[17682]: 0CEFDC07C7: sender non-delivery notification: 6BD74C0816
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 6BD74C0816: from=<>, size=2425, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 0CEFDC07C7: removed
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/local[17683]: 6BD74C0816: to=<solarireport.com>, relay=local, delay=0.01, delays=0/0/0/0, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to mailbox)
Mar 30 15:58:09 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 6BD74C0816: removed
Mar 30 16:00:16 solarireport postfix/pickup[12421]: 0CBEDC07C7: uid=1006 from=<back-up>
Mar 30 16:00:16 solarireport postfix/cleanup[17994]: 0CBEDC07C7: message-id=<20180330230016.0CBEDC07C7@solarireport.com>
Mar 30 16:00:16 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 0CBEDC07C7: from=<back-up@solarireport.com>, size=2145, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Mar 30 16:00:16 solarireport postfix/local[17996]: 0CBEDC07C7: to=<back-up@solarireport.com>, orig_to=<back-up>, relay=local, delay=0.02, delays=0.01/0/0/0, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to mailbox)
Mar 30 16:00:16 solarireport postfix/qmgr[7744]: 0CBEDC07C7: removed

FROM SOLARI CUSTOMERSERVICE: 3/31/18 Proof AT&T is  Blocking E-mails

FYI,

Here is proof ATT is blocking emails to subs.


Subject: Re: Trouble signing in
From: SUBSCRIBER<subscribername@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 03/30/2018 03:50 PM
To: Customer Service <customerservice@solari.com>

The password you sent me works fine.  Thanks again. Good luck with the situation you’re dealing with.

On 3/30/18, 6:35 PM, “Subscriber” <Subscribername@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

 

Ok, Thank you

What you and Catherine do is of incredible value to me.

I will keep using the password you sent me for now.

On 3/30/18, 6:09 PM, “Customer Service” <customerservice@solari.com> wrote:

Dear subscriber:

There is evidence a certain large communications company is blocking us as spam.. We are working on the situation.  We hope to have an update on the situation soon.   Please use the last password you made and try to login with it at <https://home.solari.com>.

Thanks,

On Fri, 03/30/2018 02:46 PM, Subscriber <subscribername@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Re: Trouble signing in Hi,

That got me onto the new website, but when I went to “manage your subscription” and tried to create a new password, I ended up in the same place – and then I didn’t receive a confirming email from you that would then allow me to create my own password.

On 3/30/18, 4:13 PM, “Customer Service” <customerservice@solari.com> wrote:

Goto <https://home.solari.com>  Login with this your email and this pwd:

PASSWORD

Let me know if you are still having problems.  You can change this pwd from the  top menu bar “Manage Your  Subscription” link.

Regards,
Solari

On Fri, 03/30/2018 01:08 PM, Subscriber<subscribername@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Trouble signing in Hi there !

I am a subscriber (and have been for 3 months) and am on the monthly payment plan.  I started my subscription on Dec 5, 2017

I’m writing because I was unable to sign into the new website – I may have bungled this with my first attempt.

Here’s my email and my previous password:

subscribername@sbcglobal.net

Should I just wait 24 hours and try to sign in again ?  I now know to wait to receive an email from you which will contain a new password.

Thanks,

MARCH 30, 2018 – On 3/30/18 2:41 PM, SOLARI SYSTEM ADMIN wrote:

Here we go again…  🐢

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Re: Please remove our IP Address from your blacklist [033018-153956-1368-00]
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:39:56 -0500 (CDT)
From: please_do_not_reply@att.net
To: SystemsAdmin@solari.com
Thank you for contacting the AT&T Postmaster Staff.

We investigate every block report and removal request we 
receive and take the appropriate action, of which you will
be notified. It is never the intention of the AT&T 
Postmaster staff to block legitimate mail. It is a rare 
but unfortunate occurrence that legitimate correspondence 
is blocked as a result of careful yet vigorous anti-spam 
and abuse countermeasures. We would like to rectify your 
mail delivery issue as soon as possible with your help. By
emailing this address you have already taken the first 
step in resolving this issue.

When the AT&T Postmaster staff receives a request with the
needed information requests are evaluated. If granted, the
block will be removed within 24 to 48 hours. There are 
situations when mail interruptions or blocks are in place 
outside the AT&T domain. In these cases, we will attempt 
to make contact with the party initiating the block and 
seek a resolution. If there is no change after 48 hours 
please include the current and complete error message that
you are receiving in your follow up email to 
<abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net>.

For more information about email best practices and mail 
delivery issues visit:

https://www.att.com/esupport/postmaster/

We reserve the right to deny or turn down a request if our
research shows the requested IP(s) being a violator of 
SPAM or abuse policies currently, or in the past.

We at AT&T thank you for your assistance in reporting this 
matter and appreciate your patience while we investigate 
this issue.   

AT&T Postmaster Staff

 

On 3/30/18 2:39 PM, Solari System Admin wrote:

Dear AT&T,

Please remove our 67.225.154.50 IP address from your email blacklist.  We received this new IP from our provider yesterday afternoon.  I just now configured it for use by our email system.  The first test email to an sbcglobal.net email address failed.  This tells me that this IP address was already blacklisted before it was released to us.

Below is an excerpt from the transaction log showing the block:

Mar 30 12:23:19 solarireport postfix/smtp[7762]: 2DDCAC1191: to=<SystemsAdmin@sbcglobal.net>, relay=al-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.235.
143]:25, delay=1.9, delays=0.01/0/1.9/0.03, dsn=5.3.0, status=bounced (host al-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.235.143] said: 553 5.3.0 alph
141 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.50 >_is_blocked.For assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL FROM command))

Your prompt attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

IT Services
Solari, Inc.
PHONE NUMBER

On 3/30/18 2:28 PM, SOLARI SYSTEM ADMIN wrote:

Good afternoon, everyone.

I wish I had better news.  AT&T blocked our new IP address to send email from LiquidWeb.

So, I’ll again request that they remove the block from our IP.  This time, I’ll tell them that we just got this new IP and because of that it should NOT have a block.

On 3/30/18 1:09 PM, SOLARI SYSTEMS ADMIN ASST wrote:

To All:

Did some comparisons. Please note attached .xlsx file..  Note:

  • Any sub with a Never in A and a Login date in B, I’m contacting because they have never logged into home. This includes the apparent test user on Mar 16th.
  • Any sub with a Never in A and B is potentially an ATT problem.
  • Any sub with a Login date in A is good.

So, the ATT block cannot be that thorough.

On 3/29/18 4:21 PM, Solari SystemAdmin wrote re AT&T Block workaround

Solari Team

I need to tell shop.,solari.com to go back to the work-around email solution again, while I configure it to use the new IP address we just got from LiquidWeb.  I’ll let you know how this effort is progressing.

On 3/29/18 5:12 PM, Solari Systems Admin wrote:

Of course, so response yet…

On 03/29/2018 07:40 AM, Solari SystemsAdmin wrote:

Team,

LiquidWeb did their best, but they can’t help us either.

Nonetheless, there is still some possible good news.  I requested a second (not replacement) IP address from LiquidWeb.  It’s $1 a month.  One released, I’ll configure the server to send email from this new IP.  Let’s all hope that AT&T leaves this new IP alone.

Best regards,

Catherine

Great idea! You’re the best!

On 3/29/18 9:01 AM, SystemsAdmin wrote:

LiquidWeb thinks they may be able to help get us off the AT&T blocked list.  Fingers Crossed.  On the phone with them now.

——- Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Here’s a subscription update
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 01:32:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: AT&T Community <forums@att.att-mail.com>
To: SYSADMIN@solari.com

 

Here’s a subscription update

Hi Solari,

HostColorLLC (Tutor) posted a new reply in AT&T Internet Email & Security on 03-26-2018 1:31 AM’.


Blocked Domain, Email or IP address Questions and Discussion

Hello Guys,

 

We have a problem again to send email to att.net. Our domain is using   68.233.32.133 for MX record, but when we try to send email to att.net it returns the following error:

SMTP error from remote mail server after MAIL FROM:<support@hostcolor.com>: 553 5.3.0 flpd571 DNSBL:ATTRBL 521< 68.233.45.230 >_is_blocked.For assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net. Can you please remove the filtration ( domain hostcolor.com). Thank you in advance.

 

Regards,

HostColor LLC

 

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——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: AT&T Email Block
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2018 16:08:13 -0700
From: SystemsAdmin@solari.com
To: Solariteam
Good afternoon, everyone.

I just discovered an AT&T community forum at https://forums.att.com  It 
seems that other admins, who have exhausted every other attempt to get 
unblocked, are having good success here.  I made a request.  Let's see 
what happens.  The screen-shot is attached for your reference.

Screen Shot 2018-03-25 at 4.07.24 PM.png

 

 

THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY TEN E-MAILS NOT INCLUDED HERE DESCRIBING AN EFFORT BY AN AT&T “Friend of the Family” to help us identify and fix the problem.  According to their technical personnel, the AT&T internal systems showed the Solari website as being NOT blocked and there being no reason for a block. They appeared baffled.

 

 

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Latest bounce message from AT&T
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:42:42 -0800
From: SolariSystemsAdmin@solari.com>
To: Solari Team
[-- Message  1 -- 76 lines, 2557 bytes --]:
From MAILER-DAEMON  Tue Mar  6 15:39:01 2018
Date: Tue,  6 Mar 2018 15:39:01 -0800 (PST)
From: MAILER-DAEMON@solarireport.com (Mail Delivery System)
Subject: Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender
To: solarireport.com
Message-Id: <20180306233901.132A5C0338@solarireport.com>

[-- #1 20/709 text/plain, 7bit, us-ascii --]

This is the mail system at host solarireport.com.

I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.

For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster.

If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
delete your own text from the attached returned message.

                   The mail system

<SYSTEMSADMIN@sbcglobal.net>: host 
ff-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.159.21]
    said: 553 5.3.0 flph400 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.4 >_is_blocked.For
    assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply 
to MAIL
    FROM command)

[-- #2 16/573 message/delivery-status, 7bit, US-ASCII --]


[-- #3 16/436 message/rfc822 --]

Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:38:59 -0800
To: SYSTEMSADMIN@sbcglobal.net
Subject: 3:38
Message-Id: <20180306233859.062D9C0140@solarireport.com>
From: SOLARI



 

On 3/6/18 5:42 PM, Solari System Admin wrote:

[– Message  1 — 76 lines, 2557 bytes –]:
From MAILER-DAEMON  Tue Mar  6 15:39:01 2018
Date: Tue,  6 Mar 2018 15:39:01 -0800 (PST)
From: MAILER-DAEMON@solarireport.com (Mail Delivery System)
Subject: Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender
To:solarireport.com
Message-Id: <20180306233901.132A5C0338@solarireport.com>

[– #1 20/709 text/plain, 7bit, us-ascii –]

This is the mail system at host solarireport.com.

I’m sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It’s attached below.

For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster.

If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
delete your own text from the attached returned message.

The mail system

SYSTEMS ADMIN>: host ff-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.159.21]
said: 553 5.3.0 flph400 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.4 >_is_blocked.For
assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL
FROM command)

[– #2 16/573 message/delivery-status, 7bit, US-ASCII –]

[– #3 16/436 message/rfc822 –]

Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:38:59 -0800
To: SYSTEMSADMIN@sbcglobal.net
Subject: 3:38
Message-Id: <20180306233859.062D9C0140@solarireport.com>
From: solarireport.com

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: We’re on th AT&T blacklist…
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2018 07:33:44 -0800
From: SystemAdmin@solari.com>
To: SystemAdminAsst@solari.com

They think we’re spammers:

<SYSTEMSADMIN@sbcglobal.net>: host ff-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.159.21]
said: 553 5.3.0 flph395 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.4 >_is_blocked.For
assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL
FROM command)

Oh no!

 

On 3/6/18 7:15 PM, Solari System Admin wrote:

Catherine,

We can still go live with the work-around that sends email through Advania.  So far, AT&T has not blacklisted our European server.  It is more efficient and secure to send email locally and direct from LiquidWeb.  I hope this makes sense.

AT&T only blocks LiquidWeb mail addressed to AT&T email accounts.

Well

there are time consuming workarounds. Let’s discuss tomorrow.

My 2 cents is we launch blacklisted by AT&T or not.

Should we have the round up earlier if you are ready to launch?

does the AT&T block more than at&t addresses?

On 3/6/18 5:53 PM, SOLARI SYSTEMS ADMIN wrote:

Catherine & Darlene,

Our LiquidWeb server (solarireport.com) has been removed from the Yahoo and Google blacklists.  It’s still on the AT&T blacklist. AT&T has their own proprietary blacklist, as does Yahoo and Google.  My favorite blacklist check, found at https://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx, says we’re as clean as can be.  Our blacklist, the one we use on our email server, is here: https://www.spamhaus.org/lookup/  We’re clean there too.

AT&T is blocking the server’s IP address, so it doesn’t matter what domain name we choose.

Hope this makes sense.

On 3/6/18 6:01 PM, Solari Systems Admin wrote:

Latest from AT&T…

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Re: Blacklist Removal Request [030618-190018-25079-00]
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2018 18:00:19 -0600 (CST)
From: please_do_not_reply@att.net
To: SolariSystemsAdmin@solari.com
Thank you for contacting the AT&T Postmaster Staff.

We investigate every block report and removal request we 
receive and take the appropriate action, of which you will
be notified. It is never the intention of the AT&T 
Postmaster staff to block legitimate mail. It is a rare 
but unfortunate occurrence that legitimate correspondence 
is blocked as a result of careful yet vigorous anti-spam 
and abuse countermeasures. We would like to rectify your 
mail delivery issue as soon as possible with your help. By
emailing this address you have already taken the first 
step in resolving this issue.

When the AT&T Postmaster staff receives a request with the
needed information requests are evaluated. If granted, the
block will be removed within 24 to 48 hours. There are 
situations when mail interruptions or blocks are in place 
outside the AT&T domain. In these cases, we will attempt 
to make contact with the party initiating the block and 
seek a resolution. If there is no change after 48 hours 
please include the current and complete error message that
you are receiving in your follow up email to 
<abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net>.

For more information about email best practices and mail 
delivery issues visit:

https://www.att.com/esupport/postmaster/

We reserve the right to deny or turn down a request if our
research shows the requested IP(s) being a violator of 
SPAM or abuse policies currently, or in the past.

We at AT&T thank you for your assistance in reporting this 
matter and appreciate your patience while we investigate 
this issue.   

AT&T Postmaster Staff

On 3/6/18 5:42 PM, Solari Systems Admin wrote:

[– Message  1 — 76 lines, 2557 bytes –]:
From MAILER-DAEMON  Tue Mar  6 15:39:01 2018
Date: Tue,  6 Mar 2018 15:39:01 -0800 (PST)
From: MAILER-DAEMON@solarireport.com (Mail Delivery System)
Subject: Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender
To: solarireport.com
Message-Id: <20180306233901.132A5C0338@solarireport.com>

[– #1 20/709 text/plain, 7bit, us-ascii –]

This is the mail system at host solarireport.com.

I’m sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It’s attached below.

For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster.

If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
delete your own text from the attached returned message.

The mail system

<SystemsAdmin@sbcglobal.net>: host ff-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.159.21]
said: 553 5.3.0 flph400 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.4 >_is_blocked.For
assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL
FROM command)

[– #2 16/573 message/delivery-status, 7bit, US-ASCII –]

[– #3 16/436 message/rfc822 –]

Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:38:59 -0800
To: SystemsAdmin@sbcglobal.net
Subject: 3:38
Message-Id: <20180306233859.062D9C0140@solarireport.com>
From

Email being Blocked

blocked from sending email: AT&T   Yahoo  Google

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 07:33:44 -0800
Subject: We’re on th AT&T blacklist…
Note:
<SystemsAdmin@sbcglobal.net>: host ff-ip4-mx-vip1.prodigy.net[144.160.159.21]
said: 553 5.3.0 flph395 DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.4 >_is_blocked.For
assistance forward this email to abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net (in reply to MAIL
FROM command)March5, 2018AT&T
Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:50:34 -0600 (CST)
Re: DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.4 > [030518-125033-17662-00]
From: please_do_not_reply@att.net To: SYSTEMSADMIN@solari.com

Thank you for contacting the AT&T Postmaster Staff.

We investigate every block report and removal request we 
receive and take the appropriate action, of which you will
be notified. It is never the intention of the AT&T 
Postmaster staff to block legitimate mail. It is a rare 
but unfortunate occurrence that legitimate correspondence 
is blocked as a result of careful yet vigorous anti-spam 
and abuse countermeasures. We would like to rectify your 
mail delivery issue as soon as possible with your help. By
emailing this address you have already taken the first 
step in resolving this issue.

When the AT&T Postmaster staff receives a request with the
needed information requests are evaluated. If granted, the
block will be removed within 24 to 48 hours. There are 
situations when mail interruptions or blocks are in place 
outside the AT&T domain. In these cases, we will attempt 
to make contact with the party initiating the block and 
seek a resolution. If there is no change after 48 hours 
please include the current and complete error message that
you are receiving in your follow up email to 
<abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net>.

For more information about email best practices and mail 
delivery issues visit:

https://www.att.com/esupport/postmaster/

We reserve the right to deny or turn down a request if our
research shows the requested IP(s) being a violator of 
SPAM or abuse policies currently, or in the past.

We at AT&T thank you for your assistance in reporting this 
matter and appreciate your patience while we investigate 
this issue.   

AT&T Postmaster Staff

On 3/5/18 12:04 PM, Systems Admin wrote:

From  AT&T:

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Re: DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.4 > [030518-125033-17662-00]
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:50:34 -0600 (CST)
From: please_do_not_reply@att.net
To: SYSTEMSADMIN@solari.com
Thank you for contacting the AT&T Postmaster Staff.

We investigate every block report and removal request we 
receive and take the appropriate action, of which you will
be notified. It is never the intention of the AT&T 
Postmaster staff to block legitimate mail. It is a rare 
but unfortunate occurrence that legitimate correspondence 
is blocked as a result of careful yet vigorous anti-spam 
and abuse countermeasures. We would like to rectify your 
mail delivery issue as soon as possible with your help. By
emailing this address you have already taken the first 
step in resolving this issue.

When the AT&T Postmaster staff receives a request with the
needed information requests are evaluated. If granted, the
block will be removed within 24 to 48 hours. There are 
situations when mail interruptions or blocks are in place 
outside the AT&T domain. In these cases, we will attempt 
to make contact with the party initiating the block and 
seek a resolution. If there is no change after 48 hours 
please include the current and complete error message that
you are receiving in your follow up email to 
<abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net>.

For more information about email best practices and mail 
delivery issues visit:

https://www.att.com/esupport/postmaster/

We reserve the right to deny or turn down a request if our
research shows the requested IP(s) being a violator of 
SPAM or abuse policies currently, or in the past.

We at AT&T thank you for your assistance in reporting this 
matter and appreciate your patience while we investigate 
this issue.   

AT&T Postmaster Staff

 

On 3/5/18 12:04 PM, Solari Systems Admin wrote:

From AT&T:

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Re: DNSBL:RBL 521< 67.225.154.4 > [030518-125033-17662-00]
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:50:34 -0600 (CST)
From: please_do_not_reply@att.net
To: Solari Systems Admin@solari.com
Thank you for contacting the AT&T Postmaster Staff.

We investigate every block report and removal request we 
receive and take the appropriate action, of which you will
be notified. It is never the intention of the AT&T 
Postmaster staff to block legitimate mail. It is a rare 
but unfortunate occurrence that legitimate correspondence 
is blocked as a result of careful yet vigorous anti-spam 
and abuse countermeasures. We would like to rectify your 
mail delivery issue as soon as possible with your help. By
emailing this address you have already taken the first 
step in resolving this issue.

When the AT&T Postmaster staff receives a request with the
needed information requests are evaluated. If granted, the
block will be removed within 24 to 48 hours. There are 
situations when mail interruptions or blocks are in place 
outside the AT&T domain. In these cases, we will attempt 
to make contact with the party initiating the block and 
seek a resolution. If there is no change after 48 hours 
please include the current and complete error message that
you are receiving in your follow up email to 
<abuse_rbl@abuse-att.net>.

For more information about email best practices and mail 
delivery issues visit:

https://www.att.com/esupport/postmaster/

We reserve the right to deny or turn down a request if our
research shows the requested IP(s) being a violator of 
SPAM or abuse policies currently, or in the past.

We at AT&T thank you for your assistance in reporting this 
matter and appreciate your patience while we investigate 
this issue.   

AT&T Postmaster Staff

APPENDIX B: Overview/Background on AT&T

Here are portions of the Wikipedia description of AT&T.

AT&T is the world’s largest telecommunications company. AT&T is also the second largest provider of mobile telephone services and the largest provider of fixed telephone services in the United States.

AT&T Inc. began its history as Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, which was a subsidiary of the Bell Telephone Company founded by Alexander Graham Bell in 1880. Bell Telephone Company evolved into American Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1885 which had since rebranded to AT&T Corporation. Following the 1982 United States v. 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. Southwestern Bell changed its name to SBC Communications Inc. in 1995. In 2005, SBC purchased former parent AT&T Corporation and took on its branding, with the merged entity naming itself AT&T Inc. and using the iconic AT&T logo and stock-trading symbol. In 2006, AT&T Inc. acquired BellSouth, the last independent Baby Bell, making their formerly joint venture Cingular Wireless (which had acquired AT&T Wireless in 2004) wholly owned and rebranding it to AT&T Mobility.

The current AT&T Inc. reconstitutes much of the former Bell System and includes ten of the original 22 Bell Operating Companies, along with the original long distance division. Of the twenty-four companies that were part of the Bell System, ten are a part of the current AT&T:

The financial performance of the company is reported to shareholders on an annual basis and a matter of public record. The unit (except where noted) is billions of US dollars. Where performance has been restated, the most recent statement of performance from an annual report is used.

Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Revenues 45.38 42.82 40.50 40.79 43.86 63.06 118.9 124.0 122.5 124.8 126.7 127.4 128.8 132.4 146.8 163.8
Net Income 7.008 5.653 8.505 5.887 4.768 7.356 11.95 12.87 12.12 19.09 3.944 7.264 18.25 6.224 13.69 13.33
Assets 96.42 95.17 102.0 110.3 145.6 270.6 275.6 265.2 268.3 268.5 270.3 272.3 277.8 292.8 402.7 403.8
Number of employees (thousands) 193.4 175.0 168.0 162.7 190.0 304.2 309.1 302.7 282.7 266.6 256.4 241.8 243.4 243.6 281.5 268.5

Criticism and controversies

Hemisphere database

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. Records are requested via administrative subpoena, without the involvement of a court or grand jury.

Censorship

In September 2007, AT&T changed its legal policy to state that “AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service,[79] any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you, without notice for conduct that AT&T believes … (c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries.”[80] 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.[81] 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. AT&T will not terminate, disconnect or suspend service because of the views you or we express on public policy matters, political issues or political campaigns.”[82]

Privacy controversy

In 2006, the Electronic Frontier Foundation lodged a class action lawsuit, Hepting v. AT&T, which alleged that AT&T had allowed agents of the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor phone and Internet communications of AT&T customers without warrants. If true, this would violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. AT&T has yet to confirm or deny that monitoring by the NSA is occurring. In April 2006, a retired former AT&T technician, Mark Klein, lodged an affidavit supporting this allegation.[84][85] The Department of Justice has stated it will intervene in this lawsuit by means of State Secrets Privilege.[86]

In July 2006, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California – in which the suit was filed – rejected a federal government motion to dismiss the case. The motion to dismiss, which invoked the State Secrets Privilege, had argued that any court review of the alleged partnership between the federal government and AT&T would harm national security. The case was immediately appealed to the Ninth Circuit. It was dismissed on June 3, 2009, citing retroactive legislation in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.[citation needed] [87]

In May 2006, USA Today reported that all international and domestic calling records had been handed over to the National Security Agency by AT&T, Verizon, SBC, and BellSouth for the purpose of creating a massive calling database.[88] The portions of the new AT&T that had been part of SBC Communications before November 18, 2005, were not mentioned.

On June 21, 2006, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that AT&T had rewritten rules on its privacy policy. The policy, which took effect June 23, 2006, says that “AT&T – not customers – owns customers’ confidential info and can use it ‘to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process.'”[89]

On August 22, 2007, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell confirmed that AT&T was one of the telecommunications companies that assisted with the government’s warrantless wire-tapping program on calls between foreign and domestic sources.[90]

On November 8, 2007, Mark Klein, a former AT&T technician, told Keith Olbermann of MSNBC that all Internet traffic passing over AT&T lines was copied into a locked room at the company’s San Francisco office – to which only employees with National Security Agency clearance had access.[91]

AT&T keeps for five to seven years a record of who text messages whom and the date and time, but not the content of the messages.

Intellectual property filtering

In January 2008, the company reported plans to begin filtering all Internet traffic which passes through its network for intellectual property violations. Commentators in the media have speculated that if this plan is implemented, it would lead to a mass exodus of subscribers leaving AT&T, although this is misleading as Internet traffic may go through the company’s network anyway. Internet freedom proponents used these developments as justification for government-mandated network neutrality.

Discrimination against local Public-access television channels

AT&T is accused by community media groups of discriminating against local Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable TV channels, by “impictions that will severely restrict the audience”.[95]

According to Barbara Popovic, Executive Director of the Chicago public-access service CAN-TV, the new AT&T U-verse system forces all Public-access television into a special menu system, denying normal functionality such as channel numbers, access to the standard program guide, and DVR recording.[95] The Ratepayer Advocates division of the California Public Utilities Commission reported: “Instead of putting the stations on individual channels, AT&T has bundled community stations into a generic channel that can only be navigated through a complex and lengthy process.”[95]

Sue Buske (president of telecommunications consulting firm the Buske Group and a former head of the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers/Alliance for Community Media) argue that this is “an overall attack […] on public access across the [United States], the place in the dial around cities and communities where people can make their own media in their own communities”.[95]

Political Involvement

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, AT&T is the second-largest donor to United States political campaigns, and the top American corporate donor, having contributed more than US$47.7 million since 1990, 56% of which went to Republicans and 44% of which went to Democrats. As an example, in 2005, AT&T was among 53 entities that contributed the maximum of $250,000 to the second inauguration of President George W. Bush. Bill Leahy, representing AT&T, sits on the Private Enterprise Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).ALEC is a nonprofit organization of conservative state legislators and private sector representatives that drafts and shares model state-level legislation for distribution among state governments in the United States.

During the period of 1998 to 2010, the company expended US$130 million on lobbying in the United States. A key political issue for AT&T has been the question of which businesses win the right to profit by providing broadband internet access in the United States. The company has also lobbied in support of several federal bills. AT&T supported the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 3675; 113th Congress), a bill that would make a number of changes to procedures that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) follows in its rulemaking processes. The FCC would have to act in a more transparent way as a result of this bill, forced to accept public input about regulations. AT&T’s Executive Vice President of Federal Relations, Tim McKone, said that the bill’s “much needed institutional reforms will help arm the agency with the tools to keep pace with the Internet speed of today’s marketplace. It will also ensure that outmoded regulatory practices for today’s competitive marketplace are properly placed in the dustbin of history.”

[End of Wikipedia Description]

AT&T outstanding common equity has a stock market capitalization as of April 3, 2018 of $228 billion. It is the 15th largest US company when ranked by market capitalization. Its stock price has  underperformed the general market in recent years. (T=AT&T, VGT= Vanguard Information Technology ETF, GSPC=S&P, AAPL = Apple, VOX = Vanguard Telecommunications Services ETF)

ATT’s board of directors and largest investors are listed in its latest proxy statement filed with the SEC in March 2018. As of December 31, 2017, two investors held more than 5% of AT&T’s outstanding common stock:  Blackrock Inc with 6.1% of outstanding shares and the Vanguard Group with 7.15% outstanding shares.  Based on AT&T’s size and current dividend yield (over 5%), I assume that the holdings of AT&T shares by US pension funds is significant.  As I describe in my recent overview of The State of Our Pension Funds, it is our savings that is financing much of what is happening in the United States.

Washington Technology lists AT&T as the 14th largest US government contractor in 2016 with $1.9 billion of revenues ($767.9 million from defense; and $1.15 billion from civilian agencies). The most important projects/contracts listed were Networx, FSSI Wireless BPA, EAGLE, CTS, Connections II, TacCom, Seaport-e

The Electronic Freedom Foundation has provided extensive coverage of AT&T’s efforts to help the NSA engage in domestic spying and surveillance. See: “NSA Spying.”

Appendix C: Material Disclosures 

In November 2017,  Solari published “Bill Binney & Litigation to Hold the NSA Accountable.”  

From Wikipedia, the NSA “is a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense, under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence. The NSA is responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes, specializing in a discipline known as signals intelligence (SIGINT). The NSA is also tasked with the protection of U.S. communications networks and information systems. The NSA relies on a variety of measures to accomplish its mission, the majority of which are clandestine.”

The article includes a description of the Electronic Freedom Foundation’s lawsuit regarding the targeting of AT&T customers by the NSA:

Jewel was initially brought nearly a decade ago on September 18, 2008. While it is still ongoing, it is one of the few cases related to constitutional violations based on NSA surveillance to successfully withstood challenges of standing and reached discovery. This has involved a number of rulings which dealt with and helped explain how state secret privilege is handled in regards to standing. This class action lawsuit was supported and filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundationiii on behalf of Carolyn Jewel as well as other similarly situated AT&T customers targeted by the NSA in what the lawsuit alleges to be a dragnet surveillance program in violation of the plaintiff’s First and Fourth Amendment rights, as well as the Wiretap Act, the Stored Communications Act, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). i

Catherine Austin Fitts as President of Hamilton Securities hired AT&T to (i) provide integrated telephony and computer systems and, (ii) to provide optimization technology through AT&T Bell Labs for application to mortgage loan sales. Hamilton also exchanged strategic planning services with the strategic planning group located in the AT&T Chairman’s office. Given what Catherine learned dealing with A&T with respect to 10 years of litigation regarding AT&T’ Bell Labs performance on the mortgage loan sales, she came to seriously regret her decision to hire AT&T or to permit AT&T access to Hamilton’s phones and computers.

Catherine Austin Fitts as a telecommunications customer had an historical problem with AT&T attempting to block her Bell South long distance over disagreements regarding AT&T billing that Catherine believed to be fraudulent. Thanks to the courageous intervention of Bell South, AT&T was unsuccessful in their claims.  AT&T subsequently acquired Bell South.

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