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Many telecom stocks offer attractive dividend yields. Which telecom stocks have consistently paid dividends and increased dividends in the long term? Below is a list of five dividend-paying stocks in the telecom sector which have long-term histories of paying dividend and growing shareholder equity:

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) recently traded at $38.43 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 5.2% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of VZ paid a total of $17.05 in dividends.

VZ shareholders have enjoyed a 13.2% increase in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this largecap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 2.8, a price-to-earnings multiple of 15.4, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.0 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 11.7% average annual return on equity.

Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. (SHEN) recently traded at $11.08 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 3.0% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of SHEN paid a total of $2.04 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $1.38 were paid in the last five years.

SHEN shareholders have suffered a -39.3% plunge in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this microcap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 1.3, a price-to-earnings multiple of 19.8, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.1 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 14.1% average annual return on equity.

CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) recently traded at $35.72 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 8.1% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of CTL paid a total of $8.85 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $7.75 were paid in the last five years.

CTL shareholders have suffered a -16.7% drop in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this largecap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 1.0, a price-to-earnings multiple of 20.1, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.8 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 12.9% average annual return on equity.

AT&T, Inc. (T) recently traded at $29.03 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 5.9% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of T paid a total of $13.85 in dividends.

T shareholders have seen a 4.7% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this largecap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 1.5, a price-to-earnings multiple of 14.7, and a price-to-sales multiple of 1.4 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 15.0% average annual return on equity.

Warwick Valley Telephone Company (WWVY) recently traded at $13.59 per share. At this price level, the stock has a 7.7% dividend yield. For 10 out of the past 10 fiscal years, a share of WWVY paid a total of $7.68 in dividends. Of these dividend payments, a total of $4.24 were paid in the last five years.

WWVY shareholders have seen a 2.8% change in share price over the past year. At present, shares of this microcap stock trade at a price-to-book ratio of 2.3, and a price-to-sales multiple of 3.1 (trailing twelve months). Over the past decade shareholders savored a 17.9% average annual return on equity. Such a high long-term return on equity overshadows the company's net loss over the last twelve months.

Some of these names are household names and others are less familiar. However, all of them have attractive long-term track records of increasing shareholder wealth and providing shareholder income.

Disclaimer: This article was written to provide investor information and education, and should not be construed as a guarantee or investment advice. I have no idea what your individual risk, time-horizon, and tax circumstances are: please seek the personal advice of a financial planner. This article uses third-party data and may contain approximations and errors. Please check estimates and data for yourself before investing.

Source: 5 Top Telecom Dividend Stocks