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November 14, 2018

AT&T Further Expands High-Speed Broadband in Communities across Alabama

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team
AT&T is Now Offering Fixed Wireless Internet Service to Rural Portions of 18 States, Including Parts of 39 Counties Across Alabama

Citronelle, Ala., Nov. 12, 2018 – AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet1 for rural and underserved locations is now available to residents and small businesses in parts of Mobile County, including parts of Citronelle.

This rollout, now in 18 states, began in 2017. The company now offers Fixed Wireless Internet to over 440,000 locations across 18 states with plans to provide access to over 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020.

“In today’s digital economy, access to reliable broadband service is critical. My colleagues and I are working hard to create an environment that supports private investment and enhanced broadband access for all Alabamians,” said Senator Jack Williams. “I applaud AT&T’s continued investment and am pleased Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in parts of 39 Alabama counties, including Mobile.”

Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas1.

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using AT&T fiber optics.  AT&T has more than 2 million strand miles of fiber optics covering Alabama, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Alabama businesses and residents need. 

“I applaud AT&T’s continued investment and am pleased Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in parts of 39 Alabama counties, including Mobile.” —Senator Jack Williams

“This is a great day in Mobile County,” said Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood. “In today’s world, high-speed connectivity is important, and I’m excited to see the private sector continuing to bring enhanced connectivity to our rural Alabama communities."

 “This rural part of Alabama is an incredible place to raise a family and run a business. We must have a 21st Century infrastructure to keep it that way, and access to high-speed internet is key,” said Citronelle Mayor Jason Stringer. “I applaud AT&T for their continued work to enhance high-speed connectivity for residents and businesses in rural Alabama. And, I look forward to further enhancements to high-speed internet availability in our community.”

Parts of the following 39 counties in Alabama are now eligible for AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet service: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington and Winston.

“The thousands of dedicated men and women who work for AT&T and call Alabama home, are proud to work with our state’s leadership to provide the connectivity Alabama’s residents and businesses demand,” said Glyn Agnew, AT&T Alabama Regional Director of Legislative and External Affairs. “Through this innovative service, we are helping close the remaining gap in our state.”

In addition to Alabama, AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is available to residents and businesses in parts of Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. 

To learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, go to att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.

AT&T in Alabama

AT&T invested nearly $1.2 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Alabama between 2015 through 2017. This drives upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

1Includes 170GB data allowance per month. Req’s installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.


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Cautionary Language Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T Inc's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

*About AT&T Communications

We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2018 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

**Coverage not available everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data.


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October 23, 2018

AT&T Expands High-Speed Broadband in Communities across Alabama

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team
AT&T is Now Offering Fixed Wireless Internet Service to Rural Portions of 18 States, Including Parts of 39 Counties Across Alabama

Alabama Fixed Wireless Internet FacilityLeft to right: Angela Wilkins, Winston County Commissioner; Dallas Baldwin, Winston County Commissioner; Chris Tyree, Mayor of Arley; Dave Hargrove; State Representative Tim Wadsworth; Paul Housel, Congressman Robert Aderholt’s Office; and, James Manasco, Congressman Robert Aderholt’s office.

Arley, Ala., Oct. 23, 2018 – AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet1 for rural and underserved locations is now available to residents and small businesses in parts of Winston County, including parts of Addison, Arley, Crane Hill and Logan.

This rollout, now in 18 states, began in 2017. The company now offers Fixed Wireless Internet to over 440,000 locations across 18 states with plans to provide access to over 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020.

“In today’s digital economy, access to reliable broadband service is critical. My colleagues and I are working hard to create an environment that supports private investment and enhanced broadband access for all Alabamians. I applaud AT&T’s continued investment and am pleased Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in parts of 39 Alabama counties, including Winston,” said U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt. “With the use of multiple technologies across Alabama, we will close the access gaps that exist in some of our rural communities.”

Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas1.

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using AT&T fiber optics.  AT&T has more than 2 million strand miles of fiber optics covering Alabama, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Alabama businesses and residents need. 

Parts of the following 39 counties in Alabama are now eligible for AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet service: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington and Winston.

“The thousands of dedicated men and women who work for AT&T and call Alabama home, are proud to work with our state’s leadership to provide the connectivity Alabama’s residents and businesses demand,” said Dave Hargrove, AT&T Alabama Regional Director of Legislative and External Affairs. “Through this innovative service, we are helping close the remaining gap in our state.”

In addition to Alabama, AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is available to residents and businesses in parts of Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. 

To learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, go to att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.

AT&T in Alabama:

AT&T invested nearly $1.2 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Alabama between 2015 through 2017. This drives upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

1Includes 170GB data allowance per month. Req’s installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.

 


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Cautionary Language Regarding Forward Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T Inc's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise..

 

*About AT&T Communications
We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.* We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.
AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.
AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.
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**Coverage not available everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data.

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AT&T Public Affairs

October 11, 2018

AT&T Providing Relief to Customers Affected by Hurricane Michael

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Michael.

We are automatically issuing credits and waiving overage charges from October 10 through October 14 to provide unlimited talk, text, and data access for AT&T wireless and AT&T PREPAID customers in the areas affected most by the hurricane.

This applies to AT&T wireless customers with billing addresses and AT&T PREPAID customers with phone numbers in over 350 zip codes.1 To see if your zip code is covered,click here.

Customers in these areas may still receive data alert notifications during these protected dates, but billing will reflect the credits and/or waived data charges.

Cricket Wireless Customers

Cricket is extending payment due dates for those who can’t get to a store to pay their bill to October 12, 2018. Customers eligible for this benefit should receive a text message if you are in an affected area.

Video & Home Internet Customers

Additionally, affected video and home internet customers can contact us at 1-800-288-2020, with questions about their service, questions about damaged equipment or to voluntarily pause their service to suspend charges. Legacy DIRECTV Customers can contact 1-800-531-5000 for questions about their service, questions about damaged equipment or to voluntarily pause their service to suspend charges.

1 Location based on billing address for AT&T wireless customers and billing phone number for AT&T PREPAID customers. Credits will post in 2-3 billing cycles for AT&T wireless customers and within 30 days for AT&T PREPAID customers. Applicable taxes may be estimates and may include administrative and government fees. Dates based on local time zones.

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October 11, 2018

Let’s join together to help those affected by Hurricane Michael

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team
Text “MICHAEL” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.  

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October 09, 2018

Be Prepared for Hurricane Michael

Posted by Wayne Hutchens

We’re keeping an eye on Hurricane Michael. If Hurricane Michael strikes, we’re ready with one of the largest Natural Disaster Recovery fleets in the industry.

In Alabama, we know first-hand the power and unpredictability of hurricanes. So, as we all keep a close eye on the forecasts, I encourage you to make sure that you and your family are prepared and have a plan to stay safe in the event Michael comes here. To that end, I have included some Hurricane Preparation tips below. Please continue to follow your preparedness plan until the threat of Hurricane Michael passes and it is once again safe in our communities.

AT&T has started its storm preparedness process as we closely monitor Hurricane Michael’s anticipated track, which is expected to impact Alabama midweek. Preparation includes:

ArrowTopping off fuel generators.

ArrowTesting high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites.

ArrowProtecting physical facilities against flooding with sandbags.

ArrowStaging other emergency response equipment in strategic locations for quick deployment following the storm.

Our AT&T National Disaster Recovery (NDR) program is one of the industry’s largest and most advanced disaster response programs. The NDR fleet includes hundreds of technology recovery and support trailers nationwide that can be quickly deployed to support customers and first responders.

Response equipment readied in the wake of an event may include:

ArrowMobile cell sites and mobile command centers, like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs).

ArrowEmergency communications vehicles (ECVs).

ArrowFlying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs).

ArrowDrones.

ArrowA self-sufficient base camp. This is complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs).

ArrowHazmat equipment and supplies.

ArrowTechnology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

ArrowInternal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts.

AT&T is prepared, and with your personal plan in place, I am confident we will rise to meet the challenge of Michael and work together to address post-Michael issues and restore our communities.

Please stay safe and thank you for what you do every day to keep Alabama prepared to meet and beat challenges like Michael.

Sincerely,

Wayne Hutchens
President — AT&T Alabama

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October 03, 2018

AT&T investing and innovating to enhance broadband access in rural Alabama

Posted by Wayne Hutchens

With more than 2 million strand miles of fiber optics stretching across our footprint in Alabama, AT&T’s network is delivering the high-speed services that residents and businesses throughout Alabama are demanding. Our commitment to urban and rural communities across the state is clear, and through our combination of wired and wireless services, no one connects more Alabamans than AT&T.

Despite the many billions of dollars that AT&T has invested in Alabama over the years (more than $1.2 billion from 2015 to 2017 alone), we recognize that some work remains to be done to connect rural areas, and we are hard at work every day to close those remaining gaps. To that end, I would like to share exciting progress with Project AirGig, a version of which was first trialed in the U.S. in rural Georgia, and AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet (FWI).

Project AirGig

Project AirGig

Project AirGig is part of AT&T’s ongoing effort to accelerate internet connections to a gig or more for all communities through both wired and wireless solutions. AirGig technology represents over a decade of research by AT&T Labs and more than 500 patents and patent applications. It also represents a potential new era in connectivity where turbocharged data speeds can be available almost everywhere in the world.

Project AirGig is a first-of-its-kind technology that could one day deliver internet speeds well over 1 gigabit per second via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal, guided by powerlines. We are proud to be on the cusp of a technology that could potentially help solve the digital divide in Alabama and across this country, deploying in many areas not served by high-speed broadband today.

In order to take the next step towards deployment, we have initiated discussions with technology suppliers to start testing and building commercial-grade Project AirGig equipment. We are also exploring another field trial in which we'll focus on aspects of surface-wave systems, which could provide an important ingredient in a future 5G world.

"In today’s digital economy, access to reliable broadband service is critical. My colleagues and I are working hard to create an environment that supports private investment and enhanced broadband access for all Alabamians. I applaud AT&T’s continued investment and am pleased Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in parts of 39 Alabama counties,” said U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt. “With the use of multiple technologies across Alabama, we will close the access gaps that exist in some of our rural communities.”

These are important next steps to scale Project AirGig and bring this technology to many more people and businesses in Alabama and across the country.

AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet

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Additionally, we are excited to provide an update on the availability of AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet in rural and underserved locations in parts of 39 Alabama counties.

"AT&T’s Fixed Wireless Internet (FWI) is offering my family more options in our everyday lives, at an affordable price,” said Shannon Ary, AT&T Fixed Wireless customer. “With FWI, my husband and I can now work from home, which is life-changing, and our children have increased access to educational tools at home, not to mention videos and gaming with friends. We are excited to have access to this innovative technology and pleased AT&T continues to enhance high-speed connectivity in Arkadelphia and other rural communities across Alabama.

Our FWI is a cost-effective way to deploy high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in rural and hard to reach locations. This service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of 10Mbps or faster from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customers’ home or business in the FCC-identified census blocks. In Alabama, AT&T plans to reach nearly 67,000 locations by 2020.

Parts of the following 39 counties in Alabama are now eligible for AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet service: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington and Winston.

AT&T has a long history of connecting people with their world and is proud to be on the cutting edge of innovation, with Project AirGig and FWI. The thousands of AT&T employees who call Alabama home work hard each and every day to deliver and enhance broadband access in our communities — urban and rural.

It’s an exciting time to work in the communications technology industry. Thank you for what you do every day to make our work in Alabama a success, for our customers and our state.

Sincerely,

Wayne Hutchens
President — AT&T Alabama

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September 11, 2018

Livingston North Industrial Park, Livingston South Industrial Park and McDowell Industrial Park Certified AT&T Fiber Ready

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team
Certification Reflects Presence of Fiber-Based, High-Speed Internet

Sumnter County Group Shot

As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Alabama, AT&T* and Sumter County today announced that Livingston North Industrial Park, Livingston South Industrial Park and McDowell Industrial Park are certified AT&T Fiber Ready.

In today’s world, connectivity is important to new employers and businesses of every type. The AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps economic development leaders more effectively position their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services.

“AT&T continues to invest in high-speed internet in urban and rural areas, using the latest wired and wireless technologies. And, today, we are proud to highlight Livingston North Industrial Park, Livingston South Industrial Park and McDowell Industrial Park among the numerous places in Alabama where AT&T’s fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help community leaders drive job creation,” said AT&T Alabama President Wayne Hutchens.

“Each and every day, our thousands of AT&T Alabama employees are turning AT&T’s billions of dollars in financial investment into high-speed internet for consumers and businesses across Alabama. Those investments are possible in large part because of the positive, pro-business policies championed by our officials at the local and state levels.” 

“Our resources in Sumter County are extensive, but if potential investors aren’t aware of the communications infrastructure in place, then we face the potential of missing opportunities. The AT&T Fiber Ready certification helps us tout the existence of our fiber infrastructure in Sumter County and eliminate those missed opportunities,” stated Alabama State Senator Bobby Singleton. “The AT&T Fiber Ready designation is a great economic development tool for us to have.”

“There are a number of excellent reasons to invest and locate in Sumter County. Today, we are highlighting another reason – fiber infrastructure with high-speed communications capabilities in the Livingston North Industrial Park, Livingston South Industrial Park and McDowell Industrial Park ,” said Mayor Tom Tart. “AT&T’s Fiber Ready designation will help us advertise to potential investors from around the world that we are ready to meet their needs right here in Livingston.”

Sumnter County SpeechBob Holycross, Chair of Livingston Industrial Economic Development Authority; Livingston Mayor Tom Tartt; AT&T Alabama President Wayne Hutchens; and, Alabama State Senator Bobby Singleton

“AT&T continues to deploy leading-edge technology,” said Terri Williams, AT&T director of external and legislative affairs. “Our goal for the AT&T Fiber Ready certification is to help clearly message that Alabama is connected as economic developers and community leaders work to bring new business to our state and drive growth for the ones that already call our communities home.”

The AT&T fiber network provides the bandwidth needed to support data intensive services such as video, collaboration, cloud services and more through products such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networking, Managed Internet Service and AT&T Business Fiber. Customers can complement their high-speed Internet with network security options and online backup to help protect and virtualize their business-critical information.


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AT&T in Alabama

AT&T invested more than $1.2 billion in its wireless and wired networks in Alabama from 2015 to 2017 and has deployed more than million strand-miles of fiber-optic high-speed infrastructure across the state. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. AT&T has been investing in Alabama communities for 139 years.

*About AT&T Communications

We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2018 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

**Coverage not available everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on 3rd party data.

September 04, 2018

AT&T Disaster Response Program Keeps Customers Connected During Hurricane Season

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team

AT&T* is committed to keeping its customers connected during the upcoming hurricane season. And we’re prepared with a fleet of equipment that can be quickly deployed before, during and after any storm.

“Staying connected during severe weather events is critical,” said Scott Mair, president of Operations, AT&T Technology & Operations. “In the last year alone, we responded to 3 major storms and countless other natural disasters. Our people are experienced, constantly perfecting the process and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.”

How we prepare our network:

  • Boosting capacity to accommodate increased call volume.
  • Testing the high-capacity backup batteries located at cell sites.
  • Staging extended battery life and portable generators and maintaining existing fixed generators.
  • Topping off generators with fuel at cell sites and switching facilities.
  • Staging generators in safe locations for immediate deployment once a storm has passed.

Response equipment we use in the wake of an event:

  • Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers, like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs)
  • Emergency Communications Vehicles (ECVs)
  • Flying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs)
  • Drones
  • A self-sufficient base camp. It’s complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and meals ready to eat (MREs).
  • Hazmat equipment and supplies
  • Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning
  • Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts.

Our team has spent more than 145,000 hours in the field over the last 25 years. AT&T has invested more than $650 million in its Network Disaster Recovery program (NDR), making it one of the nation’s largest and most advanced programs. We’ve proven time and time again that we are ready and prepared to restore and maintain service if disaster strikes.

Plus, we have new deployables to support first responders as part of our public-private partnership to deliver FirstNet’s nationwide public safety broadband network.

As we prepare, so should you.

Consumers and businesses should have a plan in place. When preparing for an evacuation or shelter-in-place, remember the following.

Customer Tips:

  • Save your smartphone’s battery life. In case of a power outage, extend your device’s battery life by putting it in power-save mode, turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, deleting apps or putting your phone in Airplane Mode. This may prevent you from using certain features, but it will ultimately save battery power.
  • Keep your mobile devices charged. Be sure to have another way to charge your smartphone if the power goes out. 
  • Keep your mobile devices dry. Our mobile phones can be a lifeline during a storm. To protect yours, store it in a water-resistant case, floating waterproof case or plastic bag. A car charger or back-up battery pack can come in handy. If you have multiple devices to keep charged, consider a multi-port back-up battery pack.
  • Back up important information and protect vital documents. Back up insurance papers, medical information and the like to the Cloud or your computer. With cloud storage, you can access your data from any connected device.
  • Have a family communications plan. Choose someone out of the area as a central contact, in case your family is separated. Most importantly, practice your emergency plan in advance.
  • Store emergency contacts in your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station, hospital and family members.
  • Forward your home number to your mobile number in the event of an evacuation. Because call forwarding is based out of the telephone central office, you will get calls from your landline phone even if your local telephone service is down. If the central office is not operational, services like voicemail and call forwarding may be useful.
  • Track the storm on your mobile device. If you lose power at your home during a storm, you can use your mobile device to access local weather reports.
  • Take advantage of the camera on your smartphone. Be sure to use the camera on your phone to take, store and send photos and video clips of damage to your insurance company.
  • Use location-based technology.  These services can help you find evacuation routes and track a lost family member’s mobile phone.
  • Be prepared for high call volume and keep non-emergency calls to a minimum. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will be trying call at the same time. This may create network congestion. If you get a “fast busy” signal on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone, hang up, wait several seconds and then try again.
  • Try texting vs. calling. Because it requires fewer network resources, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls.

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August 01, 2018

AT&T Contribution to USA School of Computing Provides for Cybersecurity Camp

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team

Efforts to keep local students connected to a positive future got a boost as AT&T contributed $15,250 to the University of South Alabama’s School of Computing. AT&T’s contribution was used to provide support to the 2018 USA School of Computing Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Summer Camp (CIASC), which was held in June at USA’s campus.

The gift was made to USA through AT&T’s Aspire program, with the goal of helping prepare our youth to reach their academic goals. Fifty ninth-grade students from W.P. Davidson High School in Mobile received hands-on experience in cybersecurity through activities, guest speakers and real-world scenario exercises over the course of the five-day camp.

CIASC took place at USA’s School of Computing. Les Barnett, director of the Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security at USA, said the camp taught students computer programming in an applied fashion. “During the camp, the students developed an application for a computerized device that interacted with the world outside a computer,” said Barnett. “The camp culminated in a contest testing what the students learned about programming by getting their device to navigate through a maze.”

Barnett said AT&T’s generous support of the program allows the School of Computing to continue fostering college-bound students’ interest in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. Students had the opportunity to learn programming, cryptography and cyber physical systems as well as participate in discussions about trending topics on safe online behavior. He noted that many career opportunities are available for cybersecurity students including positions with the U.S. Department of Defense, state level Departments of Public Safety, Department of Homeland Security, the National Cyber Security Center, corporations, non-profit organizations and more.

“A culture of continuous learning is a key component to student success,” said Alabama State Senator Vivian Davis Figures. “The University of South Alabama’s cybersecurity camp enables students to gain skills in one of the fastest growing fields in technology today.”

“At AT&T, we are committed to helping people connect with their world and opportunities that make life more fulfilling,” stated Glyn Agnew, AT&T Alabama Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs. “As the cybersecurity industry continues to grow in Mobile and beyond, we are proud to support USA and their work to positively impact our community and state by helping prepare our youth with skills needed to graduate 21st century career ready."

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June 11, 2018

AT&T continues to invest in communities across our great state and is proud to now offer Fixed Wireless Internet in parts of 32 Alabama counties, enhancing broadband access in our rural communities

Posted by Wayne Hutchens

AT&T* is proud to now offer Fixed Wireless Internet in parts of 32 Alabama counties.

Our Fixed Wireless Internet is a cost-effective way to deploy high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in rural and hard to reach locations. This service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of 10Mbps or faster from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customers’ home or business in the FCC-identified census blocks.

This service is making a difference in our customers’ lives and how they connect with the people and things that matter to them most.

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It’s an exciting time to be in the telecommunications industry, and AT&T is proud to continue to enhance broadband access in our rural Alabama communities.

More than 37,000 customer locations in the following 32 Alabama Counties are now eligible for this internet service from AT&T: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Coosa, Cullman, Elmore, Escambia, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Morgan, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

Already more than 37,000 rural Alabama locations are eligible for FWI, and AT&T plans to reach nearly 66,000 locations across Alabama by 2020. Through this innovative service, we are proud to further close the remaining connectivity gap in our state.

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Thank you for what you do every day to make our work in Alabama a success, for our customers and our state.

Sincerely,

Wayne Hutchens
President — AT&T Alabama

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To learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, go to att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.

Includes 170GB data allowance per month. Req’s installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.

In addition to Alabama, AT&T has launched Fixed Wireless Internet service in Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

May 29, 2018

AT&T Disaster Response Program Keeps Customers Connected During Hurricane Season

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

AT&T* is committed to keeping its customers connected during the upcoming hurricane season. And we’re prepared with a fleet of equipment that can be quickly deployed before, during and after any storm.

“Staying connected during severe weather events is critical,” said Scott Mair, president of Operations, AT&T Technology & Operations. “In the last year alone, we responded to 3 major storms and countless other natural disasters. Our people are experienced, constantly perfecting the process and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.”

How we prepare our network:

  • Boosting capacity to accommodate increased call volume.
  • Testing the high-capacity backup batteries located at cell sites.
  • Staging extended battery life and portable generators and maintaining existing fixed generators.
  • Topping off generators with fuel at cell sites and switching facilities.
  • Staging generators in safe locations for immediate deployment once a storm has passed.

Response equipment we use in the wake of an event:

  • Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers, like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs)
  • Emergency Communications Vehicles (ECVs)
  • Flying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs)
  • Drones
  • A self-sufficient base camp. It’s complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and meals ready to eat (MREs).
  • Hazmat equipment and supplies
  • Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning
  • Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts.

Our team has spent more than 145,000 hours in the field over the last 25 years. AT&T has invested more than $650 million in its Network Disaster Recovery program (NDR), making it one of the nation’s largest and most advanced programs. We’ve proven time and time again that we are ready and prepared to restore and maintain service if disaster strikes.

Plus, we have new deployables to support first responders as part of our public-private partnership to deliver FirstNet’s nationwide public safety broadband network.

As we prepare, so should you.

Consumers and businesses should have a plan in place. When preparing for an evacuation or shelter-in-place, remember the following.

Customer Tips:

  • Save your smartphone’s battery life. In case of a power outage, extend your device’s battery life by putting it in power-save mode, turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, deleting apps or putting your phone in Airplane Mode. This may prevent you from using certain features, but it will ultimately save battery power.
  • Keep your mobile devices charged. Be sure to have another way to charge your smartphone if the power goes out. 
  • Keep your mobile devices dry. Our mobile phones can be a lifeline during a storm. To protect yours, store it in a water-resistant case, floating waterproof case or plastic bag. A car charger or back-up battery pack can come in handy. If you have multiple devices to keep charged, consider a multi-port back-up battery pack.
  • Back up important information and protect vital documents. Back up insurance papers, medical information and the like to the Cloud or your computer. With cloud storage, you can access your data from any connected device.
  • Have a family communications plan. Choose someone out of the area as a central contact, in case your family is separated. Most importantly, practice your emergency plan in advance.
  • Store emergency contacts in your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station, hospital and family members.
  • Forward your home number to your mobile number in the event of an evacuation. Because call forwarding is based out of the telephone central office, you will get calls from your landline phone even if your local telephone service is down. If the central office is not operational, services like voicemail and call forwarding may be useful.
  • Track the storm on your mobile device. If you lose power at your home during a storm, you can use your mobile device to access local weather reports.
  • Take advantage of the camera on your smartphone. Be sure to use the camera on your phone to take, store and send photos and video clips of damage to your insurance company.
  • Use location-based technology.  These services can help you find evacuation routes and track a lost family member’s mobile phone.
  • Be prepared for high call volume and keep non-emergency calls to a minimum. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will be trying call at the same time. This may create network congestion. If you get a “fast busy” signal on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone, hang up, wait several seconds and then try again.
  • Try texting vs. calling. Because it requires fewer network resources, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls.

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April 13, 2018

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April 11, 2018

Dynamic Duo: Dave Hargrove & Liz Hurley win 2017 Distinguished Service Awards

Posted by Claire Aiello, Marketing and Communications Director for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber

They become the first married couple to receive the award.

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest individual honor given by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. The first year it was awarded, in 1957, it was given to the man who put Huntsville in the space race.

“I don’t think either of us expected to ever receive the same award as one that first went to Dr. Wernher von Braun,” said Dave Hargrove.  “The whole list of recipients prior to us is awe inspiring and humbling.  It reminds Liz and me that we still have a lot more to do.”

Dave Hargrove and wife Liz Hurley joined the list on February 13, 2018 as the first married couple to receive the award. The honor is given by the outgoing Chairman of the Huntsville/Madison County Board of Directors and is the Chairman’s sole choice. This was Joe Newberry’s last act before handing over the gavel to the incoming chairman, Gary Bolton.

Liz Hurley and Dave Hargrove

Newberry kept it a secret to all but a handful of people. First, we had to make sure both winners were present in the audience.  Hurley was headed there, thinking she was going to cover the event for a news report later. However, she was stopped by a train nearby.

With about 10 minutes to spare, she walked in and we gave Newberry the ‘thumbs up’ to proceed.

“Now, in hindsight, I wondered why in the world I got this assignment to go down there, and I got the call while I was waiting for the train… my co-worker said ‘they’re waiting for you’,” Hurley recalled.  I usually just slide in from the back so I can get an overview. But when I was greeted and taken up to a front table, I know now everyone was planning this awesome surprise.”

Neither person knew ahead of time they would be called up. First, Newberry asked Hargove to escort his wife to the stage.

“I was thrilled for her.  She’s an excellent and obvious choice,” said Hargrove.  “I’ve known her for almost 35 years and she wakes up in the morning wondering how she can help someone.”

Hurley was quite surprised, and then Newberry revealed Hargrove was receiving the award too.

“Oh my gosh -- my sidekick, my best friend, my sweet loving husband and the father of my children,” Hurley recalled. “Thirty-five years standing next to this guy... 31 of them married.  As his wife, I’m so proud of him, as a community leader, because he is a quiet leader. He is so thoughtful, and he just finds holes and plugs them. We collaborate a lot, we talk, we come up with ideas.  I was so proud of him.”

“It was a wonderful surprise gift on the eve of our 31st anniversary,” Hargrove added.  “I’m sure we won’t be the last married couple to be honored in this way because I can think of many in this community who partner every day to do some truly profound things.”

Through the years, the Distinguished Service Award has been presented to a wide variety of people who have made lasting impacts in diverse ways. Some have been recognized for their business leadership, some for their community service, and others for their life-long passions.

About Liz Hurley
Anchor, WAFF 48 News

Among her many achievements, Liz has been recognized twice as the Best News Anchor in the State of Alabama by the Associated Press. She has garnered two Emmy nominations for outstanding work in her field. In 2001, she was given the honor of being one of America’s “Coolest Women.” In 1996, Liz served as anchor and reporter for NBC News Channel during the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Hurley is also a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with the disease in August of 1998. Believing that “knowledge is power,” she personally counsels women of all ages and is a frequent speaker for civic treatment and recovery. She established the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund through the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, and to date the fund has raised over $3 million.

Among Liz’s many community service accolades are the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity award and the Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award and the Community Service Citation from Interfaith Mission Service. She also started one of the country’s first regular on-air homeless animal adoptions segments in a local television newscast.

About Dave Hargrove
Regional Director, AT&T Alabama Government and External Affairs

Throughout his career, Dave Hargrove has demonstrated leadership in communications and relationship building. He has a long time fascination with using technology to enhance personal and business productivity while bringing people closer together.

Dave serves as Regional Director of Government and External Affairs for AT&T Alabama, based in Huntsville. His responsibilities include government, community and media relations as well as customer service and marketing support in the 21 northernmost counties of the state. AT&T helps millions around the globe connect with entertainment, business, mobile, high speed internet, cloud, and voice services and is one of the most honored companies in the world.

Prior to joining AT&T, Dave managed operations for the digital media production facility at Intergraph (now Hexagon), a computer graphics company where he coached a creative team that developed marketing, training, and business presentations. 

He was also a television journalist and led news and programming operations for several radio stations in Alabama.

Dave is involved with a variety of North Alabama community organizations focused on leadership, community development, education, and financial services. He currently chairs the Board of Directors for Redstone Federal Credit Union, which is among the largest credit unions in the country and Money Magazine’s Best Banks in America. Dave has also chaired several other prominent and influential organizations, including the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, the Huntsville Committee of 100, United Way of Madison County, The Schools Foundation of Madison County and the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville. He also led Launch 2035, a regional visioning collaboration between business leaders in Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties. Dave is an active alumnus of Leadership Alabama and a graduate of Leadership programs in Huntsville/Madison County, Decatur/Morgan County and Cullman County.

Born in Decatur, Alabama, Dave received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a concentration in media communications.

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April 09, 2018

AT&T Brings Faster Network to Birmingham Customers

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

Giving Customers Better Access to Mobile Internet 

BIRMINGHAM, AL., April 5, 2018  AT&T* has added a cell tower on its 4G LTE network on 2nd Avenue North in Birmingham to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service. This new tower is helping meet the needs of improved wireless connectivity and service at the new Pizitz Food Hall, Alabama Theater, McWane Center and other businesses, restaurants and apartment buildings in the popular downtown area. 

“The expansion and improvement of wireless communications is increasingly important whether it’s helping the daily operations of small business, large industry, education, public safety, health care, or any other segment of our economy,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. “This announcement helps bring more connectivity than ever before to this part of our city and will prove to be very beneficial.” 

AT&T’s investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. With 4G LTE service, customers will experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends. This enhancement will also support economic development in the area by improving connectivity for business customers. This helps Birmingham residents stay connected while getting the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play. 

“AT&T constantly strives to meet and – hopefully – exceed the demands of our customers,” said Wayne Hutchens, president of AT&T Alabama. “This new cell tower in downtown Birmingham is just one example of how private sector investment is making a positive impact in our state and will enhance and complement AT&T’s existing wireless network for the downtown area.” 

By building out the 4G LTE network, AT&T is laying the foundation for the evolution to 5G, the next advance in network technologies. AT&T is increasing network speeds and capacity to continue to expand the availability and capacity of the network using the latest technology. 

AT&T in Alabama:
AT&T invested more than $1.1 billion in its wireless and wired networks in Alabama from 2014 to 2016 and has deployed nearly 1.7 million strand-miles of fiber-optic high-speed infrastructure across the state. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. AT&T has been investing in Alabama communities for 139 years and is proud of our long-standing presence in Jefferson County.  

*About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. More than 3 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.  

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

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**Coverage not avail. everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data.

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AT&T Corporate Communications
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February 07, 2018

AT&T Expands High-Speed Internet in Communities across Alabama

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

Recent Deployments Bring High-Speed Internet Service to more than 37,000 Rural Locations in Parts of 32 Counties

100% Fiber-Optic Internet Powered by AT&T Fiber Available at more than 150,000 Alabama Locations

MONTGOMERY, AL., Feb. 7, 2018 —AT&T* has expanded internet access in communities throughout Alabama to better serve those in rural and urban areas alike, relying on the nearly 1.7 million strand miles of AT&T fiber optics that cover Alabama to keep Alabama’s residents and businesses connected.

As part of our FCC Connect America Fund commitment, AT&T has deployed high-speed internet service to unserved and underserved locations in parts of 32 counties serving more than 37,000 Alabama locations.

This rural high-speed Internet service – deployed as part of AT&T’s participation in the Connect America Fund – was first available in Alabama in June 2017, delivering an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps.

“In today’s digital economy, access to high-speed internet is critical, and I’m excited to see AT&T’s continued investment and innovation,” said Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. “Using multiple technologies to enhance internet access across our state, we can close the remaining gaps and continue competing for the best jobs and grow economic opportunity for all Alabama.”

Parts of the following 32 counties in Alabama are now eligible for this internet service from AT&T: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Coosa, Cullman, Elmore, Escambia, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Morgan, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

In addition to our work reaching out to largely rural areas, we have also expanded our 100% fiber network powered by AT&T FiberSM to more than 150,000 locations in Alabama.1 With connections approaching 1 gigabit2 per second, customers purchasing our Internet 1000 service can download 25 songs in 1 second or your favorite 90-minute HD movie in less than 34 seconds.3

“I am thankful for the leadership of our elected officials who work to ensure a pro-consumer business environment and am delighted to see so many Alabama residents benefiting from this innovative technology made possible by private investment,” said Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary. 

Communities in Alabama are part of 67 metros nationwide where our ultra-fast internet service is currently available. We plan to reach at least 82 metros with our fastest internet service.

Today, we market a 1 gigabit connection on our 100% fiber network to over 7 million locations across 67 metros. We plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.

“The thousands of dedicated men and women who work for AT&T and call Alabama home are proud to provide the connectivity Alabama’s residents and businesses demand,” said Wayne Hutchens, president of AT&T Alabama.

Connect America Fund Deployment:
AT&T has extended high-speed internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment to help predominantly rural areas. As a part of that commitment, AT&T began offering high-speed internet to over 440,000 locations across 18 states last year, and will expand that offer to more than 1.1 million locations nationwide by the end of 2020, many getting access to high-speed internet for the first time. In Alabama, AT&T is committed to extending high-speed internet service to nearly 67,000 locations across the state over the next several years.

To determine eligibility, interested consumers living in the counties listed above may call toll-free 1-877-990-0041. AT&T will continue making community-specific announcements in Alabama in the months ahead, providing updates about additional availability as we expand high-speed internet to more locations. Service availability is currently limited to CAF II eligible census blocks as defined by the FCC.

 In addition to Alabama, AT&T has launched this service in Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

AT&T Fiber:
Our 100% fiber network under the AT&T Fiber umbrella brand lets customers choose from a range of internet speeds, all over a fast internet connection. This 100% fiber network is just one of the network technologies we plan to use to connect customers as a part of AT&T Fiber. 

With fiber at the core of our networks we plan to use a combination of fiber and 5G to be one of the country’s largest high-speed internet providers. We have publicly committed to deploy fiber to 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.  Ultimately, we plan to extend fast internet to more than 50 million locations, with more than half of those locations seeing near-gig speeds, through 2020 and beyond.

AT&T Internet 1000, is our fastest internet speed tier on our 100% fiber network. It is offered at $70 per month for customers who bundle with another AT&T service on a single bill, or only $80 per month standalone. Either way, equipment is included with a 12-month agreement.4 Eligible services to bundle with include our award-winning DIRECTV or U-verse TV service, as well as AT&T Wireless service. We have single, double and triple play offers to fit each customer’s needs.

For more information on AT&T Fiber, visit att.com/getfiber.

AT&T in Alabama:
AT&T has invested more than $1.1 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Alabama between 2014 through 2016. This drives upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

1 Limited availability in select areas. May not be available in your area. Go to att.com/getfiber to check eligibility.
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Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
3
Speed/Time examples are estimates and based on wired connection to the gateway.
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Plus taxes. After 12 months, price moves to standard rate of $90/mo.

Cautionary Language Regarding Forward Looking Statements:  Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

*About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions. 

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

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**Coverage not available everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data.

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January 24, 2018

Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

Government rules for the internet have been debated for nearly as long as the internet has existed, even before a professor coined the term “net neutrality” 15 years ago.

The internet has changed our lives and grown beyond what anyone could have imagined. And it’s done so, for the most part, with very few—but often changing—rules. Regulators under four different presidents have taken four different approaches. Courts have overturned regulatory decisions. Regulators have reversed their predecessors. And because the internet is so critical to everyone, it’s understandably confusing and a bit concerning when you hear the rules have recently changed, yet again.

It is time for Congress to end the debate once and for all, by writing new laws that govern the internet and protect consumers.

Until they do, I want to make clear what you can expect from AT&T.

AT&T is committed to an open internet. We don’t block websites. We don’t censor online content. And we don’t throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period.

We have publicly committed to these principles for over 10 years. And we will continue to abide by them in providing our customers the open internet experience they have come to expect.

But the commitment of one company is not enough. Congressional action is needed to establish an “Internet Bill of Rights” that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.

Legislation would not only ensure consumers’ rights are protected, but it would provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies across all websites, content, devices and applications. In the very near future, technological advances like self-driving cars, remote surgery and augmented reality will demand even greater performance from the internet. Without predictable rules for how the internet works, it will be difficult to meet the demands of these new technology advances.

That’s why we intend to work with Congress, other internet companies and consumer groups in the coming months to push for an “Internet Bill of Rights” that permanently protects the open internet for all users and encourages continued investment for the next generation of internet innovation.

Randall Stephenson
AT&T Chairman and CEO

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January 22, 2018

Calling All Ed-tech Innovators: Apply Within (Application Deadline: January 27, 2018)

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team

Ed-tech isn’t just about digitizing books and training manuals for a tablet. It’s about using technology to deliver new forms of learning and teaching. It’s about personalizing and accelerating learning for everyone, everywhere, at any time.

That’s why we’re looking for game-changing solutions for real-world education challenges. If you’re an innovative ed-tech venture in the U.S., we want you to apply for the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator

The Aspire Accelerator’s mission is simple. It supports innovation that helps every student achieve a bright, successful future. Selected for- and non-profits receive financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship from both AT&T and external ed-tech thought leaders.

The application is open through January 27, 2018. Participants are chosen, and the program starts in April.

Aspire Accelerator is now in its 4th year. And, previous participants are thriving.

Together, Aspire Accelerator participants have reached more than 10 million students and attracted more than $11.5 million in funding. CareerVillage.org has provided career advice to half a million kids in the last 6 months alone. And LiftEd co-founder, Andrew Hill, was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30’s Education list. The group recently expanded service to Hawaii to serve even more special needs students.

Our Accelerator companies have unique stories, diverse leadership and are based all over the United States. Since launching Aspire Accelerator in 2015, program participants have included 58% women-led companies and 37% minority-led companies. And, over half our Accelerator participants come from non-traditional tech hotbed cities.

Organizations have the chance to receive invaluable resources through the AT&T Aspire Accelerator customized program.

  • Aspire investment – $100,000 AT&T investment and another $25,000 for each venture to cover costs of the program.[1]
  • Mentorship – Get access to an Entrepreneur in Residence and AT&T and external mentors from education and technology.
  • Resources – Receive UI/UX design services and opportunities to attend education conferences.
  • National platform – Be part of the broader AT&T Aspire initiative.
  • Flexible location – It doesn’t matter where you are. Take part without relocating.

Leading education and tech innovators make up our external board of advisors. Learn about them here.

The Aspire Accelerator is open to any venture working to create technology to support students’ educational and career success. And, if your solutions are for underserved students, you’ll receive special consideration.

Areas of innovation may be:

  • Mobile apps that drive education outcomes.
  • Platforms for teachers, students or parents.
  • Learning and curriculum management tools.
  • Assessment and outcome tracking platforms.
  • Increased access for existing best practices.

If you’re interested in applying or want to learn more, please visit att.com/aspireaccelerator.

We’re excited to work with the 2018 Aspire Accelerator class to bring more educational solutions to reality for students and educators across the country.

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December 21, 2017

With Tax Reform, AT&T Plans to Increase U.S. Capital Spending $1 Billion and Provide $1,000 Special Bonus to more than 200,000 U.S. Employees

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team

Today, Congress approved legislation representing the first comprehensive tax reform in a generation. The President is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.

Once tax reform is signed into law, AT&T* plans to invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018 and pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees — all union-represented, non-management and front-line managers. If the President signs the bill before Christmas, employees will receive the bonus over the holidays.

“Congress, working closely with the President, took a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. businesses in line with the rest of the industrialized world,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “This tax reform will drive economic growth and create good-paying jobs. In fact, we will increase our U.S. investment and pay a special bonus to our U.S. employees.”

Since 2012, AT&T has invested more in the United States than any other public company. Every $1 billion in capital invested in the telecom industry creates about 7,000 jobs for American workers, research shows.

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December 19, 2017

AT&T Expands Access to High Speed Internet in Franklin County and other Rural and Underserved Areas of Alabama

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team

Innovative Rural Offering for Home Internet Now Available in 18 States

Franklin

Representative Johnny Mack Morrow cuts the ribbon, helping announce AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in parts of Franklin County.

AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet¹ for rural and underserved locations needing home internet is now available to residents and small businesses in parts of Franklin County, including Russellville.

In June 2017, AT&T launched Fixed Wireless Internet, an innovative service that delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps to homes and small businesses. With Fixed Wireless Internet, customers can download, surf and stream their favorite movies or television shows. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses. These towers are fed by part of the nearly 1.7 million strand miles of AT&T fiber optics that cover Alabama. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality internet to customers in rural and underserved areas.

Parts of the following 33 counties in Alabama are now eligible for Fixed Wireless Internet service from AT&T: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Coosa, Cullman, Elmore, Escambia, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

AT&T has extended Fixed Wireless Internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment to help rural and underserved areas. Here in Alabama, this new AT&T technology will reach over 26,000 locations by end of 2017, and AT&T plans to reach more than 66,000 locations across Alabama by 2020. Across the eighteen states where AT&T is deploying this new technology, AT&T will reach over 400,000 locations by the end of 2017, and over 1.1 million locations by 2020.

“Franklin County is great place to raise a family and run a business, and this is a great day for us,” said Representative Johnny Mack Morrow. “I am excited to see the private sector continuing to enhance high-speed connectivity for residents and small businesses in Franklin County and applaud AT&T for their work in rural areas across our state.”

“I am thankful for the leadership of our elected officials who work to ensure a pro-consumer business environment and am delighted the rural residents of Franklin County have access to this innovative technology,” said Cassie Medley, Executive Director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

“The more than 5,200 men and women who work for AT&T and call Alabama home, are proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity Alabama’s residents and businesses demand,” said Dave Hargrove, AT&T Alabama regional director of external and legislative affairs. “Through this innovative service, we are helping close the remaining connectivity gap in Alabama.”

In addition to Alabama, the service is available to residents and businesses in parts of Arkansas, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

To learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, go to att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.

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¹Includes 160GB data allowance per month. Req’s installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway.

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December 14, 2017

AT&T Launches Project AirGig Trial in Georgia to Bring Ultra-Fast Internet Over Power lines Closer to Reality

Posted by Wayne Hutchens

Recently Launched U.S. and International Trials Could Pave the Way for Gigabit Internet Wherever There are Power Lines

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Project AirGig is part of AT&T’s ongoing effort to accelerate internet connections to a gig or more for all communities through both wired and wireless solutions. 


I am excited to share AT&T just launched our first national Project AirGig trial in our neighboring state of Georgia.


Project AirGig is a first-of-its-kind technology that could one day deliver internet speeds well over 1 gigabit per second via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal guided by power lines.

AirGig technology represents over a decade of research by AT&T Labs and more than 300 patents and patent applications. It also represents a potential new era in connectivity where turbocharged data speeds can be available almost everywhere in the world.

There are 2 trials in the current phase of the project. AT&T launched the first trial this fall with an electricity provider outside the U.S. And, we just launched the second trial in rural Georgia, working with Georgia Power. It is our hope that AirGig could one day be deployed in many areas not served by high speed internet today.

AT&T has a long-history of connecting people with their world and is proud to be on the cutting-edge of innovation, now with Project AirGig trials. This is an exciting time to work in the communications technology industry, and we look forward to yet another way to deliver gigabit internet connections to consumers.

Thank you for what you do every day to make our work in Alabama a success, for our customers and our state.

Airgig

To learn more about our Project AirGig trials, please watch here.

Sincerely,

Wayne Hutchens
President — AT&T Alabama

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