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December 19, 2017

Colorado to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Gov. Hickenlooper Approves Build-out Plan for First Responder Network

Posted by Roberta Robinette

First-of-its-Kind Solution Will Create Jobs, Spur Investment and Modernize Public Safety Communications across Colorado

Colorado is modernizing communication technology for its first responders. Gov. John Hickenlooper announced this week that Colorado will join FirstNet, the wireless broadband network to be developed specifically to improve communications among first responders and public safety.

“We are opting to allow FirstNet to make an investment in Colorado that promises to make our state more resilient against threats to our safety,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “We, together with Colorado’s Governing Board, are confident that the investment will not only benefit public safety, but also provide much needed telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas of our state.”

FirstNet is a public private partnership with AT&T housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce. AT&T will build, operate and maintain the secure wireless broadband communications network at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

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The decision to join FirstNet was based on a review and analysis by the Colorado FirstNet Governing Board, chaired by Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade and composed of members from across the state.

“We need to connect our first responders now. From rural to urban communities, public safety professionals throughout Colorado put their lives at risk every day responding to disasters and critical situations. That is why the State of Colorado spent years visiting with public safety teams statewide, thoroughly reviewing solutions for Colorado,” said Eric Tade, Chief of Denver Fire and Chair of the board reviewing the state’s options. “Our conclusion: opting in to FirstNet is the best solution for Colorado.”

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FirstNet is designed to transform the wayColorado’s fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, it will:

  • Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies and supporting large events like the National Western Stock Show or a Saturday afternoon game at Coors Field.
  • Create an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters like wildfires, major snow storms, and flooding that can cause damage throughout the year.
  • Enhance and expand network coverage through infrastructure investment across Colorado’s diverse landscape to cover areas that are currently underserved, benefitting first responders from the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope.
  • Provide first responders with access to dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support as needed for disaster response or search and rescue missions in remote areas.


Firstnet

Colorado is home to FirstNet’s technology headquarters. The facility, located in Boulder, hosts more than 50 personnel and the FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab – a state-of-the-art laboratory in which FirstNet and AT&T test functionality and features unique to FirstNet’s mission-critical broadband network.

The decision enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Colorado’s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service, priority and preemption to voice and data across the FirstNet network. Fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers will have dedicated access to the network when and where they need it – 24/7/365.

For more information on FirstNet, please visit FirstNet.gov/mediakit and att.com/FirstResponderNews. For more about the value FirstNet will bring to public safety, please visit FirstNet.com.

Sincerely,

Roberta Robinette
President — AT&T Colorado

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December 06, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Roberta Robinette

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting technologies of the future to supporting our veterans, at its core, this is what all of us at AT&T do every day.

I am so proud of what we have accomplished this year in Colorado, and as I look forward to 2018, I am excited for what is to come. But before we get to January, I want to wish all of you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Roberta Robinette
President — AT&T Colorado


AT&T Donates $20,000 to the National Sports Center for the Disabled 

Sports

In celebration of Veterans Day, AT&T contributed $20,000 to the National Sports Center for the Disabled, located in Denver and Winter Park. In November, the NSCD held an interactive Veterans Day Ability Clinic, featuring curling and sled hockey drills adapted for those who have disabilities. The Warrior Avs Sled Hockey Team and the Denver Curling Club both provided demonstration and instruction for the group of 25 military veterans, giving them the chance to experience Paralympic training firsthand. Media coverage of the event is available at KUSA – NBC Affiliate; The Denver Post and Sky-Hi News


AT&T’s contribution will support the NSCD’s winter programs for military veterans in 2018. This is part of a $500,000 total contribution AT&T is making to local organizations across the country who serve veterans and active duty military personnel. With the funds donated by AT&T, the NSCD will kick off 2018 by providing a Paralympic Experience Day for Military Veterans with Disabilities on Jan. 10, 2018 at the YMCA of the Rockies — Snow Mountain Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. The event will be free to veterans with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, giving them a one-of-a-kind experience.

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December 05, 2017

AT&T’s supports the Inaugural Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Top Golf for Kids Sake

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

Big brothers big sisters

AT&T was proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Inaugural Top Golf for Kids’ Sake in Denver last month. More than 600 golfers enjoyed the event and raised more than $160,000 for the organization. Roberta Robinette, president of AT&T Colorado, is on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Board and was proud to host 2 AT&T teams, one in collaboration with the Colorado Farm Bureau and the Colorado Competitive Council, and another made up of local AT&T employees.

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December 04, 2017

Wreaths Across America

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

Wreaths

Each December, Wreaths Across America carries out their mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 other locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. Many AT&T veterans will be participating in the Wreaths Across America Program, placing wreaths on the headstones of our fallen soldiers at the Ft. Logan National Cemetery on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. To learn more about this program, click here.

AT&T Veterans is an independent organization of AT&T employees and retirees dedicated to serving the veteran/military community. The Rocky Mountain chapter pursues activities that support veteran causes and share these opportunities with AT&T employees as a volunteer opportunity.

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December 03, 2017

Don't Be One of the 5%

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

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Five percent of consumers in the U.S. text their passwords to their accounts (not a good idea) … 5% of consumers use consecutive letters or numbers for their passwords (you might as well text those passwords to the bad guys in the first place) … 5% of consumers provide their personal or financial info to an email sender without verifying who they are.

The good news is that most Americans know that these are things we should not be doing online if we want to protect ourselves. The challenge is that the crooks are getting smarter, making it harder for consumers to know what to do to protect themselves online. That’s why AT&T just launched att.com/CyberAware.

Bookmark — and regularly visit — this site to learn about the latest tips for protecting yourself and your family, and stay up to date on the latest threats. From ID theft, to malware to robocalls and other concerns, we’ve put the resources all in one place.

*FleishmanHillard survey, on behalf of AT&T, of 1,020 American consumers age 18 and older online between Sept. 28 and Oct. 1, 2017

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December 02, 2017

Small Cells: Preparing the future for wireless

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

small cellsFrom January 2007 through December 2016, AT&T experienced a 250,000% increase in data usage on our network. And, as streaming video continues to become more prominent and new apps and services are introduced, this growth in data usage will continue to rise.

With this mounting pressure on the mobile network, AT&T is developing additional innovative ways to enhance its existing networks, prepare for the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) — and provide the best possible experience for our customers.

With these ends in mind, we need to make installing important infrastructure, such as “small cells,” easier. By providing more targeted network capacity, small cells can make the wireless internet we depend on faster and more reliable.

Small cells help bring the network "closer" to its users to deliver increased data capacity, faster connectivity speeds and an overall better wireless experience.

As we work to expand and implement this new technology across our network, some will undoubtedly ask, “What does the future hold for high-speed wireless internet?” The possibilities are endless. With increased connectivity speeds and network capacity, small cell deployment will help enhance and support a host of innovative services, such as telemedicine, connected cars, distance learning, smart homes, smart farms and even entire Smart Cities, with each contributing to a stronger, more connected network.

In Colorado, AT&T is actively educating stakeholders on small cell deployments, working to provide the best possible experience today while laying the foundation for tomorrow’s wireless capabilities.

To learn more about AT&T’s leadership in the Internet of Things and Smart Cities evolution, please click here.

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November 01, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Roberta Robinette

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. Nearly half the states have signed on to FirstNet, the emergency broadband network being run by AT&T in a private-public partnership

Here in Colorado, we are contributing $20,000 to support the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The funds will help expand their military veteran programs in 2018, which includes a one-of-a-kind Paralympic experience that introduces veterans to curling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, Nordic biathlon and sled hockey. For more information about the NSCD, www.nscd.org

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!

Sincerely,

Roberta Robinette
President — AT&T Colorado

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October 26, 2017

Rescue. Reconnect. Rebuild.

Posted by Roberta Robinette

Our Colorado team is looking forward to a successful fall season. AT&T has been working hard in expanding our network and will be building the first nationwide public safety broadband network as part of AT&T’s public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Half the states/territories have already signed on to FirstNet, including neighboring Arizona and New Mexico. If Colorado elects to opt in to FirstNet, AT&T can begin delivering FirstNet services to Colorado’s public safety entities.

Our thoughts are with the thousands of individuals who are being impacted by natural disasters, including the California wildfires, earthquakes in Mexico and by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria. Find out below how you can give and how AT&T is supporting recovery efforts.

We also keep Nevada in our hearts. After the horrific events in Las Vegas, AT&T mobilized a text to give campaign for the University Medical Center Foundation (UMCF) to secure donations for Nevada’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and support their treatment of patients in need.

Wishing everyone a very safe and enjoyable fall season.

Sincerely,

Roberta Robinette
President — AT&T Colorado


 AT&T FirstNet: The right choice for Colorado

firstnet The FirstNet AT&T state plan is the best option for Colorado.

lifeNo connection is more important than one that can save a life. That’s why AT&T has a long-standing commitment to supporting public safety and their communications needs.

We are honored to be selected to build and manage America's first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network. Now the real work begins. We look forward to working with Colorado's state and local public safety officials to build a strong and highly secure communications network that meets the unique needs of our state's first responders.

We take seriously our twenty-five-year commitment to build and manage this network for the state of Colorado. Our history here includes more than 100 years of serving Coloradans. In just 3 years alone (2013-15), we invested nearly $580 million in Colorado's wired and wireless networks and now, we will build upon that investment with a dedicated focus on Colorado's first responders.

Highly secure networks that are designed to combat cyberattacks are of upmost importance, especially for the fast, efficient and timely communications capabilities first responders require. AT&T secures more connections than any communications company in America and we are proud to bring that depth and scale of cyber security and network experience to Colorado's public safety network.

The Colorado Benefits of an Opt-In Decision:

ArrowNo financial obligation or risk: An Opt-In decision directs FirstNet to take on all the risks, costs, and responsibilities associated with deploying the network in Colorado for 25 years, and take immediate steps to make prioritized services and features available to public safety in Colorado.

ArrowGain more cell sites, improve rural coverage: Connecting Colorado’s first responders is critical today. All new cell site builds in the state plan are rural, and AT&T’s commitment to LTE solutions will mean upgrades to existing cell sites in every corner of the state. The ability to respond to disasters, large-scale events, and communicate with multiple jurisdictions and protect Coloradans cannot be left to chance or delayed.

ArrowImmediate access to a statewide network: Upon opt-in, Colorado’s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority access to voice and data across the existing AT&T LTE network, allowing them to communicate during the next high capacity event, emergency or disaster.

ArrowA half-a-billion-dollar head start: From 2013–2015, AT&T invested more than half a billion dollars ($580,175,257) in its existing network in Colorado — and there are more than 3,000 Colorado AT&T employees today.

Both AT&T* and FirstNet have committed significant resources to improve communications among first responders and members of the public safety community. With an opt-in decision, FirstNet, together with AT&T, bears the financial risk associated with the network in each state or territory. Those states and territories will require no additional financial resources from the state or territory to deploy or operate the network. The FirstNet network is the only wireless, broadband network specially designed through consultation and feedback from public safety to meet their current and future technology needs.

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October 25, 2017

Boulder — first responders sneak peek high tech devices at nation’s only FirstNet lab

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

Lab

In mid-September, AT&T and FirstNet offered a behind-the-scenes look at the FirstNet Innovation & Test Lab, giving attendees a look at the latest high-tech devices helping first responders save lives. This included a tour the of the lab, meeting with FirstNet leadership and AT&T’s FirstNet team, demos of devices and apps, learning about the app ecosystem, seeing latest connectivity solutions and learning about the role of the nation’s only FirstNet Lab based here in Colorado.

Some of that technology included:

arrowVapor 55 helicopter drone technology.

arrowVirtual reality and apps.

arrowTemporary satellite cell site use for natural disasters.

arrowDemos of Guaranteed priority frequencies for first responders on iPhones and rugged.

About the FirstNet Innovation & Test Lab: Located at FirstNet’s technical headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, the FirstNet Lab is a state of-the-art laboratory in which the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), and AT&T will test public safety functionality and features unique to FirstNet’s mission-critical broadband network, including quality of service; priority; pre-emption; and other future mission-critical services and applications.

Learn more about the event in Boulder’s Daily Camera coverage, click here to link to article.

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October 24, 2017

NCC first responders cyber exercise

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

Panel

AT&T collaborated with the National Cyber Security Center (NCC) to host a conference with more than 100 first responders this August. Gov. Hickenlooper kicked off the conference, stressing the reality of cyber threats across Colorado and in the first responder community.

AT&T’s Chris Boyer, assistant vice president, Global Public Policy for AT&T, provided an overview of current cybersecurity threats and discussed efforts AT&T is making to ensure the resiliency and integrity of its network in response to threats and issues specific to first responders — the role of states in cybersecurity, key concerns for first responders and the role of a first responder in today’s cyber world.

A panel discussion was also held titled, Lessons Learned from Cyber Breaches.

The panel included:

arrowModerator: Pat Williams, Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP)

arrowGary Briese, executive director, CO State Fire Chiefs — Communication Failure

arrowJerry Eastman, cyber analyst, CO Information Analysis Center — Opened Source Info

arrowAlex Wood, vice president, Information Security and CISO, Pulte Financial Services — Risk Analysis

arrowCody Burrows, CEO, Cyber Perimeter Security — Incident Response

arrowDale Drew, CSO, Global Security Organization-Level 3 — Security Architecture

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October 23, 2017

AT&T teams with City Year Denver

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City year

Earlier this month, AT&T teamed up with City Year Denver to transform Cheltenham Elementary — a Denver Public School — into a more vibrant and engaging learning environment where students can truly thrive. More than 200 AT&T employee volunteers painted murals, built outdoor learning spaces and beautified the school grounds. Some of the kids were on work patrol as well.

“The steward helps out in their community and my hope is, whether it is in this building or another building, when they are adults, they will look back on this and think, ‘I was a part of making a change’,” said Principal Felice Manzanares.

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October 22, 2017

AT&T partners with Drive Smart Event in Colorado Springs

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Driving

Teens across the Pikes Peak region kicked off the High School Traffic Safety Challenge this October, a student-run program through Drive Smart, around the dangers of distracted driving. The 7-week traffic safety program includes unannounced safety belt and cell phone checks, driving-related presentations and art, writing and video contests.

AT&T joined Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, student leaders, administration and school resource officers from the participating schools to kick off the program on Oct. 12. During this breakfast, the students learned about resources provided by AT&T and others to kick off the campaign in their schools.

arrowKRDO-TV (ABC), online, Oct. 12
arrowGazette, Oct. 12Colorado Springs

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October 21, 2017

ICW events from women in STEM to American Indian Science and Engineering Society

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The Women of AT&T Colorado collaborated with the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), United Way and Colorado Department of Education (Choice and Innovation Unit) to create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) event for local 9th and 10th grade youth for a day at AT&T.

There were also ICW simulators for attendees at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.

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October 20, 2017

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

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Two earthquakes in Mexico and a trio of hurricanes in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Houston, Louisiana and Florida have left widespread damage.

In our efforts to restore service to these areas, we've had great collaboration with government officials and others. But our people — doing the difficult, exhausting work — are making a tremendous difference.

During Hurricane Harvey, AT&T technician Hector Carrillo hauled water out of the AT&T Southwest Houston central office — 5 gallons at a time — until it could be restarted. By the time EHS arrived, Hector had removed 140 gallons of water, totaling 28 trips in waist-deep water!

There’s no doubt these disasters were merciless — 4 disasters in 4 regions in 4 weeks is hard to fathom. Many people in these communities are hurting. And there's still massive restoration to be done. But we're dedicated to seeing it through for our employees, customers and communities.

See below for a summary on our response and ongoing efforts.


California

AT&T is donating $250,000 to local nonprofit organizations in areas impacted by the wildfires. We will work with community leaders to direct the donations to where they can have the greatest impact.wildfires

We have activated a text-to-give campaign benefiting the American Red Cross to help support relief efforts in communities affected by California wildfires. To donate, text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to give $10 to the American Red Cross, which helps people affected by the California Wildfires.**

Please know that any donations are entirely voluntary and not required.

**Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 90999 to STOP. Text HELP to 90999 for HELP. Full Terms and Privacy Policy: hmgf.org/t



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Across Mexico, buildings collapsed, and there were many fires and gas leaks. Transportation systems were shut down, including highways, parts of the subway system and parts of the Mexico City airport.

Our teams continue to work around the clock and have made great progress on our network. However, the country is still under a national emergency. We are supporting CENACED, an organization actively working to aid relief efforts in Mexico and have given our customers in Mexico an option to support those affected by the earthquake by donating to the organization.



Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands list

As the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face a long road of recovery, we’re bringing much-needed relief. Significant storm damage, power outages and flooding interrupted service throughout the regions.

In Puerto Rico, a total power outage has affected movement and distribution of relief supplies, but John Donovan, AT&T Communications CEO, and our Network team landed in San Juan to help assess damage, develop recovery plans and donate bottled water, generators and other supplies.

In the meantime, we set up a website that will let anyone stateside (regardless of carrier) to register the cell phone number of a family member or friend who is an AT&T wireless customer in Puerto Rico. Thus far, thousands of people have signed up. When the Puerto Rico-based customer’s cell phone connects to our network in Puerto Rico, the customer will be notified that their family or friends in the U.S. have been trying to contact them.

We are also focused on network restoration in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’ve set up a portable cell site in St. Thomas. Some network services have been restored there and throughout the rest of the Virgin Islands.

We continue to work closely with local authorities. And we're ready to begin work just as soon as we can do it safely.



Florida

Our wireless network is operating normally. The number of wireline customers without service is shrinking. We’ve brought in more than 100 additional technicians from outside Florida. More than 98% of affected network equipment is back in service. We’re adding power equipment where needed to maintain and restore wireline service. We have more than 180 wireline facilities on battery power and more than 90 on generator power.

So far, we’re working to replace more than 800,000 feet of cable. More than 1,500 utility poles have been broken or damaged and need to be replaced.



Texas and Louisiana

While Harvey resulted in terrible flooding, Irma left severe wind damage. The devastation wrought by these disasters will require a long-term effort to rebuild. The one bright spot in all this is that we're making solid progress restoring our operations in those areas. We've accomplished a lot in our response to Harvey.

All our stores are open in South Texas and Louisiana. Our wireline and wireless networks are operating business as usual. Accessibility and safety for our teams on the ground were a major concern. But in working around the clock with officials, we were able to find ways to get into many areas.

Response

Be sure to check out a blog post by Joan Marsh, AT&T executive vice president, Regulatory & State External Affairs, titled The Tale of Three Storms.

For live AT&T Response and Updates on the recent natural disasters, please visit the AT&T Newsroom. For updates in Spanish, please visit our AT&T Spanish Newscenter.

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October 04, 2017

Raising the graduation rate in Colorado

Posted by Roberta Robinette

Our Colorado team is proud to support the GradNation Acceleration Grant, through America’s Promise Alliance. The goal is to help raise the national high school graduation rate to 90%. The new funding supports existing state- and community-level efforts focused on accelerating progress for more young people to high school graduation and post-secondary success.

America’s Promise, along with its campaign co-conveners, conducted data analysis to identify 10 states where graduating more students would have a measurable impact on the national graduation rate and equity gaps.

Colorado is included in the 10 states that can apply for this grant. The grant will be awarded to 2 state-level and 3 community-level organizations to help them accelerate progress toward a 90% graduation rate. Selected state and community organizations will receive $250,000 and $100,000, respectively, over the 2-year grant period, which begins in 2018.

Colorado grad

To apply and learn more about the GradNation Acceleration Grant and Action Platform, click here.

The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Sincerely,

Roberta Robinette
President — AT&T Colorado


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May 25, 2017

Carrying the Load in Colorado in support of our military

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe summer is almost here — this year is flashing by! We have some great updates in this newsletter with an overview about our FirstNet partnership, an update on local network enhancements and details about how AT&T and Colorado Farm Bureau are helping Colorado residents affected by the recent wildfires across the state.

We also have a story about a recent visit by Congresswoman Diana DeGette to AT&T premises. You’ll be inspired with the article about a nearly blind Boston Marathon runner who conquered his dream with help from AT&T.

As the warm weather starts to settle in, we wish you a wonderful Happy Memorial Day Weekend and a great start to the summer season!

Sincerely,

Roberta Robinette
President — AT&T Colorado

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May 24, 2017

AT&T invests more than $575 million over 3-year period to enhance local networks in Colorado

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

Investment iconsInvestments that we make in Colorado provide for faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity for our community — and improve critical services that support public safety and first responders. That’s why we’ve invested more than $575 million in our Colorado wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016.

In 2016, AT&T made 683 wireless network upgrades in Colorado. We added new cell sites, boosted network capacity and expanded our LTE coverage footprint.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should Colorado opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders.

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May 24, 2017

AT&T and FirstNet

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

FirstNet

AT&T is honored to work with FirstNet to build, deploy and maintain the first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network for America’s first responders. This opportunity aligns with our nearly 140-year history of serving the U.S. federal government and the public safety community. We’re committed to helping deliver the next generation of highly secure, reliable, and innovative mobile broadband communications to first responders through the FirstNet network.

Why FirstNet?

Bullet pointFirstNet’s public safety mission is to create a nationwide broadband network for America’s public safety community. The FirstNet network will strengthen and modernize public safety’s communications capabilities, enabling them to coordinate and respond more quickly and effectively in accidents, disasters, and emergencies. It will provide first responders like law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel with access to new technologies and increased capacity and reliability for their mobile communications and data needs.

Bullet pointThe purpose of the FirstNet network is to help unify and improve communications across the U.S. public safety community – including all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories – to help keep America and the first responders who protect our country safe.

Bullet point First responders across the country currently rely on more than 10,000 separate radio networks which often times do not interoperate with one another. By deploying a nationwide broadband public safety network built specifically to meet the communications needs of first responders, the FirstNet network will provide a solution to the decades-long interoperability and communications challenges first responders have experienced.

Bullet pointThe FirstNet network will support next generation technologies that can enable a faster flow of information, allowing millions of first responders to make better decisions more quickly. This will help make our communities and first responders safer.

Why AT&T for FirstNet?

Bullet pointAT&T is uniquely qualified and capable to deliver FirstNet’s public safety mission. We’ve been helping to enable public safety communications for nearly 140 years, allowing our public safety agencies and first responders to focus on what matters most — protecting communities and saving lives.

Bullet pointAT&T is well positioned to deliver the value and experience our first responders expect, and we’re committed to building and maintaining the first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network.

For more information on FirstNet, please visit www.firstnet.gov.

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May 23, 2017

AT&T remains committed to an open internet

Posted by AT&T Colorado Team

Recently, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he would open a proceeding to revisit the question of whether Congress directed the FCC to regulate the internet using the regulatory framework adopted in 1934 for the monopoly-era telephone networks. To be clear, this proceeding is not about whether the open internet will continue to be protected and preserved. That question has been asked and answered repeatedly and in the affirmative by Democratic and Republican administrations alike for well over a decade, first with the FCC Commissioners Michael Powell and Martin Principles, then with the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's Open Internet Order.

As Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, stated:

“AT&T continues to support the fundamental tenets of net neutrality. And we remain committed to open internet protections that are fair and equal for everyone.

“The bipartisan, light-touch regulatory approach that Congress established at the internet’s inception brought American consumers unparalleled investment in broadband infrastructure, created jobs and fueled economic growth. It was illogical for the FCC in 2015 to abandon that light-touch approach and instead regulate the internet under an 80-year-old law designed to set rates for the rotary-dial-telephone era."

“We applaud FCC Chairman Pai’s initiative to remove this stifling regulatory cloud over the internet. Businesses large and small will have a clearer path to invest more in our nation’s broadband infrastructure under Chairman Pai’s leadership. And we are hopeful that bipartisan agreement can be reached on principles that protect internet openness, consumer choice and vibrant competition.”

Read more about this issue on our Public Policy Blog: The real debate over the open internet.

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May 22, 2017

On the road again in Colorado with IT CAN WAIT Tours

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IT CAN WAIT event

These past few months we have been hosting IT CAN WAIT tours across the state. In April, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, our focus was about saving lives from distracted driving. In fact, we hosted a Teens Take the Wheel Event at the Medical Center of Aurora that was a success, nearly 100 people attended the event. In Colorado during the month of April, we had 85 people take the pledge.

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