I Admire You

4:35 PM -- So Fortune just named AT&T the most admired telecommunications company. That's just terrific. Or is it?

Taking a glance at Fortune's story, it seems AT&T's honor is roughly the equivalent of being recognized as the smartest kid in special ed. That's because there are no telecommunications companies in the Top 20 Most Admired Companies list -- which is the part Fortune highlights.

Anyway, here's how the telcos rank, from most admired to least: This is not meant as a slight against AT&T or anyone on this list. It just seems that Fortune apparently doesn't think very highly of telecom (although Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is No. 1 overall). In fact, a telco hasn't appeared in the Top 20 for any of the last three years. Where's the love? In the meantime, congratulations to AT&T for the "honor."

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

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