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November 10, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Bob Bass

Veterans Day is a day of reflection. Reflecting on our country’s past. Reflecting on where we are today. And, most importantly, reflecting on those who fought for our freedoms.

AT&T has a long history of supporting our military and First Responders. We’ve committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by the year 2020. We’re also using our talents to construct a public safety broadband network called FirstNet to connect our First Responders in new ways.

On Veterans Day and every day, we are thankful for our service members.

Join me this Veterans Day in thanking our heroes for their bravery and sacrifices.

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To join us in thanking a veteran or military family, share a photo, video or a simple note of gratitude on social media using #ThankOurHeroes.

We are proud to join our voices together with a message to veterans: thank you for your service!


Bob Bass
President — AT&T Alaska

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May 25, 2017

AT&T honoring our nation’s heroes

Posted by AT&T Alaska Team

Why I Carry The Load

While we are grateful for our nation’s heroes every day, Memorial Day offers a national day to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.

At AT&T, we know our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. It is an honor to support them, and, this year, AT&T is a proud sponsor of Carry The Load.

Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. This includes a national, 6,200-mile relay where veterans and citizens honor those heroes’ sacrifice and take a turn experiencing the weight of a rucksack. All of the money raised at this event goes directly to support Carry The Load’s Continuum of Care program where partner charities are on the front lines to help those heroes and their families who have given so much to this country.

In 2003, AT&T employee Matt Foster, then a soldier in the US Army, left his family, friends and future wife for an active duty deployment with the U.S. Army. His Forward Operating Base (FOB) would often go on “Comms Blackout,” usually meaning a soldier on his FOB had been killed or seriously injured and their family was being officially notified. It’s that experience that led Matt to get involved with Carry The Load.

At AT&T, we are honored to support our nation’s service men and women. To learn more about how to get involved and see Carry The Load's full relay route from coast to coast here.

Enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day.

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November 11, 2016

This Veterans Day, AT&T is inviting you to thank a veteran at home or a veteran you've never met

Posted by AT&T Alaska Team

We are proud to join our voices to yours with the simple message to our veterans: thank you for your service!Twitter Bird

Please click here to share your story, or scroll below to view others messages of thanks.


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June 15, 2016

AT&T Alaska Stands with Orlando

Posted by AT&T Alaska

In the wake of the tragic event against the LGBT community in Orlando on June 12, AT&T is dedicated to showing our support.


AT&T wireless customers can text “Orlando” to 20222 to donate $10 to ORMC’s (Orlando Regional Medical Center) Level One Trauma Center to help with ongoing medical support needs. No text message fees apply.

The Orlando community and the Orlando Level One Trauma Center will continue to be in our thoughts.

The donation will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance.

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June 06, 2016

Congratulations to the AT&T Alaska Winners of the PVSA

Posted by Bob Bass

Dear Friends,

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

For many AT&T employees, the answer is serving their communities in their own unique ways a few hours every month. Some have mentored students in science and math by building a robot for a national competition; others have organized a USO (United States Organizations) event for active duty service members and veterans; and a few even planned kayak trips for youth. Over a year, these individual hours of serving can add up to hundreds of service hours, which contribute to millions of hours across our company.

This month, we recognize 4,527 employees, including 9 in Alaska, who logged more than 100 hours of community service in 2015.

Congratulations to:

ArrowDale Anderson
David Barlos
ArrowDonna Schopp
ArrowKaren Ross
ArrowRussell Gross
ArrowSamantha Jones
Arrow Scott Drew
Arrow Shaun T. Conwell

Arrow Wendy Fossum

They are receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), a prestigious honor given by the President of the United States in recognition of sustained volunteer service. Many employees this year volunteered more than 500 hours and will be honored with a Gold Award for their outstanding service to their community. Additionally, we are recognizing 77 international employees who will also be honored for their service. 


We would like to congratulate our PVSA 2015 recipients for their commitment to serving and improving the communities where they live and work. We also would like to thank them for answering the most pressing question: “what are you doing for others?”

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Bob Bass
President — AT&T Alaska

March 01, 2016

Native American Political Leadership Program

Posted by AT&T Alaska Team

Full scholarship opportunity for Alaska Native students

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship program designed to give Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduate students an educational opportunity at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The program, which receives contributions from AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, awards scholarships based on academic ability, leadership potential and an interest in politics. Alaska Native undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to apply and can receive assistance in the application process.

Program detailsWhat does the NAPLP scholarship cover?

  • Tuition and fees for the two core classes, plus an optional third course (up to 9 credit hours total)
  • Housing in a George Washington dormitory
  • A small stipend for books and living expenses, paid in two installments
  • Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)

AT&T Foundation and the NAPLP 

Since 2005, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have contributed more than $2.5 million to George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program.

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students should apply to the program as early as possible to ensure maximum opportunities for internships in the Washington D.C. area. Some of the organizations that participate in the internship program include, but are not limited to, the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Education Association, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Indian Health Board and the White House Initiative on American Indian & Alaska Native Educators.

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November 10, 2015

Returning to Serve Those Who Have Served

Posted by Bob Bass

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The brisk, Midwestern fall left a chill in the air — a perfect night to wrap your hands around a hot bowl of soup in a warm home. Fortunately, for nearly 500 young children in Detroit, the doors to the homeless shelter were open. Their parents had seen these kinds of rough nights before. Not just on the streets of Detroit, but — in many cases — while deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan or other locations where their country had sent them. They are veterans ... and, along with their children, they are now homeless. The person next to them in the foxhole was no longer their fellow service member. It was their child.

VolunteerOn this cold night, the warm food was being generously served by volunteers, many who had also previously served in uniform. They had returned home and moved on to other careers. But, they were trained to leave no one behind. And, so as they shared food, clothes, gift cards, go-phones and their time, they returned to service.

For one of those volunteers, Sheila Parson, this is her “night job.” During the day, she works at AT&T on the Talent Acquisitions team. Thanks to her and so many of her colleagues' tireless efforts in the company, they have been able to successfully help more than 10,000 veterans also find a career at AT&T. At night, she manages a nonprofit organization that she had formed — QSA Foundation — to help homeless children and military families, as well as volunteers with AT&T Veterans (an employee resource group dedicated to serving veterans/members of the military).

VeteransAnd as they do on so many occasions, AT&T employees and retirees, who were returning to service, transformed a shelter into a home.

For AT&T, this isn’t just about filling jobs or helping in the community around select national holidays; this is a part of our DNA. And, we’re honored by the years of recognition that G.I. Jobs Magazine has bestowed on us, naming AT&T as one of the Top 50 Most Military and Military Spouse Friendly Employers.

It’s why Sheila and more than 4,500 of her co-workers at AT&T have been recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Leading up to this Veterans Day, AT&T has been working with Cell Phones for Soldiers to host events for AT&T employees to serve homeless veterans in cities around the country.

And as we do every day, not only on the 11th day of the 11th month of every year, we say thank you: to Sheila, our other AT&T employees, retirees and every American who has worn the uniform or whose family has served. And to the 10,000 employees, who are serving our customers with the same level of professionalism you learned in the military, we know we have a lot to learn from you as we welcome you to our ranks!

Please pass the word about job openings to other veterans who may be interested — they can learn more here.


Bob Bass
President — AT&T Alaska

Please watch

DIRECTV (Channel 239) and U-verse (Channel 1114) customers can watch AT&T’s original documentary “GI Jobs” starting on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on AUDIENCE® Network. “GI Jobs” documents the struggles and obstacles that veterans face to find a job after they separate from the military. They can also live stream it on the DIRECTV App and U-verse App for smartphones and tablets, and


September 02, 2015

AT&T Alaska Newsletter

Posted by Bob Bass

Dear Friends:

We’ve certainly had a busy 2015 so far.

We recently announced the completion of our acquisition of DIRECTV. AT&T not only helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services, we’re now also the world’s largest provider of pay TV. I'm excited to welcome DIRECTV to the AT&T family.

I am looking forward to the exciting opportunities that we face in the second half of the year, and I hope you are as well.


Bob Bass
President — AT&T Alaska

September 01, 2015

AT&T and DIRECTV are now ONE!

Posted by Bob Bass

AT&T and DIRECTV are now one!AT&T Inc. has completed its acquisition of DIRECTV. The newly combined company — the largest pay TV provider in the United States and the world — will offer millions of people more choices for video entertainment on any screen from almost anywhere, any time.

Current customers of AT&T and DIRECTV do not need to do anything as a result of the merger. They’ll continue to receive their same services, channel lineups and customer care.

Customer account information, online access and billing arrangements remain the same.

The integration of AT&T and DIRECTV will occur over the coming months. In the coming weeks, AT&T will launch new integrated TV, mobile and high-speed Internet offers that give customers greater value and convenience.

With the completion of its DIRECTV acquisition, AT&T will continue to deploy its all-fiber GigaPower Internet access service — the company’s highest-speed Internet service, which allows you to download a TV show in as little as three seconds. When the expansion is complete, AT&T’s all-fiber broadband footprint will reach more than 14 million customer locations.

“Combining DIRECTV with AT&T is all about giving customers more choices for great video entertainment integrated with mobile and high-speed Internet service,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “We’ll now be able to meet consumers’ future entertainment preferences, whether they want traditional TV service with premier programming, their favorite content on a mobile device, or video streamed over the Internet to any screen."

“This transaction allows us to significantly expand our high-speed Internet service to reach millions more households, which is a perfect complement to our coast-to-coast TV and mobile coverage,” Stephenson said. “We’re now a fundamentally different company, with a diversified set of capabilities and businesses that set us apart from the competition.”

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August 31, 2015

Calling All Data Developers!

Posted by Bob Bass

AT&T and GradNation in search of app to increase U.S. graduation rate
Help us increase the U.S. graduation rate.
Some say “two heads are better than one.” We say “the more the merrier."

Therefore, in an effort to help boost high school graduation rates, AT&T Aspire and GradNation are challenging you — the innovators, the analyzers, the educational professionals — to produce an app or interactive data visualization that is creative, original and, most importantly, will impact the U.S. high school graduation rate.

Through AT&T Aspire, AT&T invests in new tools and solutions that support college and career readiness. With GradNation, led by America’s Promise Alliance, in collaboration with Civic Enterprises and The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, we are working toward a goal of a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate in the United States by 2020.

In 2013, we hit a record high of 81.4 percent, and we are on track to meet our goal — but we need help getting there!

Meanwhile, data analytics have become a growing force for smarter business. It helps to improve decision-making, productivity and customer service. But we know that the power of better insights is not limited to business. So, we’re giving it a go to improve public service and philanthropy, too! Thus, Data for Diplomas was born.

Data for Diplomas a ChallengePost contest that kicked off on August 25, with $40,000 in prizes and the support of AT&T Aspire and GradNation. If you are a data scientist or developer, we encourage you to check out the contest, registration and the full rules on DevPost.

The contest is open now until Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.  

Winners will be announced in December!

You can use #Data4Diplomas and follow AT&T’s @ConnectToGood to get the latest contest news. 

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August 30, 2015

Get Your Internet Game On — Safely!

Posted by Bob Bass

AT&T launches Digital You to teach you ways to help protect yourself online

Do you know someone who claims they’re “too old” to get online? Or who has had their email — or social media — account compromised? Anyone who has been bullied online? Someone who has posted something they later regretted?

If so, you are not alone!

That is why AT&T, with the help of Common Sense Media, AARP, the OASIS Institute and other national community organizations, is launching Digital You.

This new program is designed to help educate and empower people to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience.

Digital You includes features like:

bullet pointA new AT&T website (digitalyou.att.comoffering research-based materials about how to use devices safely and effectively for parents, youth, seniors, people with disabilities and others, with key information in Spanish.

bullet pointCommunity events, training and discussions are led by AT&T employees and community organizations across the country.

bullet pointDigital Compass, a free, interactive game, was developed by Common Sense Media to help teach pre-teens how to make smart decisions online.

Digital You can help you take advantage of what the Internet has to offer — while also teaching you ways to help protect yourself from identity theft, online harassment and scams.

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21%  of Internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over by someone else without permissionof Internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over by someone else without permission.[1]

33% of disconnected adults say that they stay offline because accessing the Web is too difficult or frustrating; they are physically unable; or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware or hackersof disconnected adults say that they stay offline because accessing the Web is too difficult or frustrating; they are physically unable; or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware or hackers.[2]

43% of teens (13-17 years old) say they have posted something online that they later regrettedof teens  (13-17 years old) say they have posted something online that they later regretted.[3]

>40% of teens (13-17 years old) have been bullied online — 25% report it has happened more than onceof teens (13-17 years old) have been bullied online — 25% report it has happened more than once.[4]



[1]Pew Research Center, “Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online,” September 5, 2013
[2]Pew Research Center, ”Who’s Not Online and Why,” September 25, 2013
[3]The Online Generation Gap: Contrasting attitudes and behaviors of Parent and Teens, Submitted to The Family Online Safety Institute by Hart Research Associates, Nov. 14, 2012.
[4]Moessner, Chris. "Cyberbullying, Trends and Tudes." Accessed February 10, 2014,

August 17, 2015

AT&T Featured Tweet

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July 06, 2015

AT&T Teams Up to Tackle Water Management

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May 05, 2015

Welcome to the Aspire Family!

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April 16, 2015

Congratulations to AT&T Alaska President's Volunteer Service Award winners

Posted by Bob Bass

Individuals make a difference
Thank you to our AT&T volunteersImagine a day when volunteers didn’t show up. Think of all the people and communities that would be devastated — students would be left without mentors; local parks would be filled with trash; and food and shelter would not be available to those in need of a warm meal at the end of a long day.

Impacting a community can take many forms
, and without volunteers, we wouldn’t have people to strengthen our communities and transform the lives of others in need.

This month, we would like to recognize the 4,512 AT&T employees who are being recognized by President Obama for their outstanding service to their communities, including our eight* winners in Alaska.

These volunteers will receive the 
President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), a prestigious honor awarded annually by the President of the United States in recognition of sustained volunteer service.

To earn the national honor, these employees
volunteered more than 100 hours during 2014. Some volunteered more than 500 hours to receive the Gold Award.

Let’s congratulate our
PVSA 2014 recipients and thank them for their commitment to improving the communities where they live and work.

Cody Savala
Dale Anderson
Donna Wachsmuth
Elizabeth Ross

Jerry Cates
Russell Gross
Samantha Jones
Scott Drew


(Only those who consented to have their names publicly posted have been listed here.)

Congratulations and thank you!
For more information about the honorees and the award, please click here.

And, please read our
blog post here.

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November 10, 2014

Thank you to all of our Servicemembers and Veterans

Posted by Bob Bass

AT&T Alaska thanks all of our servicemembers and veterans

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For nearly 100 years, Americans have taken time on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year to reflect upon the humbling sacrifices made by our veterans.

Today, there are more than 21.5 million veterans, 1.3 million active duty service members and more than 832,000 reservists, who have served or are serving their country.

These men and women chose to suspend their personal freedoms in order to guarantee the freedoms of the American people and the possibility of the American dream.

However, the noble burden of this sacrifice is not borne by our veterans alone, but by their spouses, families and loved ones.

To our veterans, our service members and those who support them, we thank you!

If you know a veteran looking for a career, please point them to this website.

For additional resources, please click here.

At AT&T, we have integrated veteran recruitment into our business practices for years, because it's the right thing to do. Military veterans possess the skills we need to succeed as a company and are an invaluable part of our workforce.

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Thank you,

Bob Bass
President — AT&T Alaska

September 18, 2014

It Can Wait Day of Action in Alaska is tomorrow, Friday

Posted by Bob Bass
Dear Friends:

Thanks to the continued support of It Can Wait® advocates in Alaska and across the United States, together we’ve inspired more than 5 million pledges to never text and drive. The movement has created strong momentum for change and needs your continued support to drive a groundswell in social media.

This month, we are asking you to join your many fellow advocates tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 19, for the It Can Wait® third annual day of action. Scroll down to learn more about how you can get involved!

I welcome your feedback. 


Bob Bass
President — AT&T Alaska

Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 19, is the It Can Wait annual day of action! We are proud to have more than 2,500 organizations, including many in Alaska, working with us to help save lives and empower change one text at a time. 

The power of many voices and resources will help us end texting while driving in your community. Here are some easy ways to help:  

- Get the #X Out on our third annual day of action on September 19th. Start now by spreading the word on social media — Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with this sample post:

We pledge not to txt & drv as we gear up for the annual #ItCanWait day of action on 9/19. Share tips for not txtng & drvng with @ItCanWait

It Can Wait logo

- Promote and empower others to use tools like #X to help end texting while driving. Here’s another sample social media post to get the word out:

Post #X in social media, emails or texts before you start the car to let others know you are behind the wheel & can’t text. #ItCanWait

- Include information about It Can Wait through your organization’s website, blog, newsletter or email signature.

- Encourage your family, friends, community and colleagues to download an app, like the AT&T DriveMode®, which is available for Android and Blackberry users.

- Share your ritual or post what you would tell a driver to not text and drive with a short video clip, meme or creative image on your social networks.

- For the first time this year, individuals in Alaska can text their pledge! Text the keyword ICWAlaska to 464329. You'll receive a text response/confirmation! The pledge — and the text — are free!

Learn more about #X and how you can get involved at