AT&T’s business has been contracting for a long time, but if you read Ma Bell’s latest earnings release, you can see where the company is headed – IP services. The IP&E-services revenue grew 9.5 percent over the prior-year second quarter. This is the business that includes all services that ride on the IP common backbone or that use IP technology, including managed IP services, as well as application services (e.g., hosting, security). AT&T CEO David Dorman and CTO Hossein Eslambolchi have repeatedly stressed that this is where the future for Ma Bell lies. Clearly, the market is responding well to that message, as show by growth.