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AT&T Arkansas News - At a Glance
December 13, 2017
Posted by Ed Drilling and Jan Collier
We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting the U.S. Army, to connecting AT&T employees to career pipelines, or even connecting students to academic training, at its core, this is what all of us at AT&T do every day. We are so proud of what we have accomplished this year in Arkansas, and as we look forward to 2018 we are excited for what is to come. But before we get to January, we want to wish all of you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!
Ed Drilling President — AT&T Arkansas
Jan Collier VP & General Manager
Blytheville Middle School and Benton Junior High selected as finalists in the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge!
Congratulations to Blytheville Middle School and Benton Junior High for being selected as finalists in the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge!
With support from AT&T, Khan Academy LearnStorm provided a free 6-week challenge that ran from Sept. 12 to Oct. 20 to help students build the skills for a successful school year. Throughout the challenge, students completed customized online learning and growth mindset activities to earn points and recognition both individually and for their school. AT&T has been a major supporter of Khan Academy through the AT&T Aspire initiative.
On behalf of all of us at AT&T, we congratulate all of these students for their persistence and team work. Your dedication to learning is an inspiration to us all!
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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 Arkansas Team
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Ed Drilling joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1979, before it was current-day AT&T. During his career, he has served in various operations positions and was named President of the AT&T Arkansas Division in 2002.
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On behalf of all AT&T employees living and working in this state, I welcome you to the AT&T Arkansas web page. This is an exciting time for our company and the industry, because communications is such a vital presence in today’s economy, education, public service and social life – and it’s getting more important every day.
Our commitment to Arkansas runs deep; our business roots here can be traced back more than 139 years to the state’s very first switchboard and first long-distance call, which was placed between Little Rock and Hot Springs.
Today, AT&T companies offer an array of cutting-edge products and services to customers in hundreds of Arkansas communities, in part because of the company’s significant investments in its wireless and wired networks. From 2014-2016, those capital investments totaled more than $550 million in this state.
AT&T is among the state’s leading corporate employers, and I am convinced that Arkansas employees are the best of the best. In addition to providing excellent customer service, AT&T employees are committed to helping the communities where we live and work. In 2016, AT&T Arkansas employees volunteered 17,000 hours to community programs, a gift valued at more than $400,000. From 2014 - 2016, AT&T, the AT&T Foundation and our employees contributed more than $3.2 million through giving programs in Arkansas.
This combination of technology, networks, people and commitment to service is changing the way Arkansans live, work and play – for the better. Today, it’s possible for an East Arkansas farmer to monitor his fields remotely, using a smartphone and a mobile app. A world-class medical expert in Little Rock can consult with an expectant mother-to-be in rural Arkansas over a secure, high-speed video link. Students on many campuses can use distance learning to take advanced courses. Every day, major corporations and small businesses across this state use the AT&T network to compete globally.
Among the states, Arkansas is recognized for encouraging private investment and business competition. That forward-looking spirit is demonstrated in many ways, including reform of the state’s telecommunication laws years ahead of other states. Those initial reforms opened the way to major technological innovation and investment, and they show the value of working together so that Arkansas always moves forward.
AT&T is leading the way to the future – and we’re committed to helping Arkansans connect with advanced mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed Internet services and smart solutions for businesses and home.
Ed Drilling President - AT&T Arkansas
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