Like clockwork, Consumer Reports issues its U.S. carrier rankings ahead of the holidays each year. And like clockwork, AT&T (T) finds itself at the back of the pack. The non-profit consumer buying guide on Thursday issued its rankings for 2012 and lo and behold, AT&T again finds itself at the bottom of Consumer Reports’ overall list. The nation’s No.2 carrier did have the best-ranked 4G LTE network despite Verizon’s (VZ) coverage lead, however. Verizon was the highest-rated U.S. carrier in Consumer Reports’ 2012 rankings.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.