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January 24, 2019

We are committed to your safety

Posted by John Emra

The holiday season comes with a lot of good cheer, but also many distractions. AT&T New England wants to drive home the message that we are committed to your safety and remind everyone that distracted driving is never OK.

This month, our team has been out in communities around New England hosting IT CAN WAIT events to inform drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and to encourage them to stay safe on the road.

In Connecticut, we have continued our innovative partnership with the state’s Department of Transportation, which has brought our IT CAN WAIT message to thousands of high school students through interactive assemblies. In Vermont and Massachusetts, we hosted the IT CAN WAIT Virtual Reality Experience that uses state-of-the-art technology to put participants face-to-face with the very real consequences of distracted driving. And in Rhode Island, we marked the 100th IT CAN WAIT high school assembly in the state, reaching more than 30,000 students, culminating a 6-year partnership with Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

AT&T research has found nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving. People are texting from behind the wheel — they’re checking email, accessing social media and even snapping photos. Nearly 4-in-10 people say that distracted driving is a habit. Sadly, this pattern of behavior has had deadly consequences far too many times.

I encourage you to join the nearly 33 million other people who have visited www.itcanwait.com and taken the pledge to never drive distracted. Help us inspire others to be safe on the road — one pledge could save a life.

From everyone here at AT&T New England, I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

John R. Emra
President — AT&T Connecticut

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August 27, 2018

AT&T Invests More Than $200 Million Dollars Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Connecticut

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

At AT&T1, we've invested more than $200 million dollars in our Connecticut wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2017, AT&T made 621 wireless network upgrades in Connecticut. We built new cell sites, expanded our capacity and added additional carriers.  

Following the enactment of recent rules by the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), AT&T will continue its investment in Connecticut with additional upgrades.

"Recent PURA decisions affecting the deployment of small cells on utility poles encourage companies to invest more in wireless infrastructure. We're now speeding our wireless build out plans in Connecticut with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to improving our mobile network," said John Emra, president of AT&T Connecticut. "We applaud them for their work that will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead."

The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. Notable Connecticut network enhancements in 2017 included:

  • Increasing capacity with 365 bandwidth expansions, adding 250 additional carriers and building 6 new transmission sites.

By building out our 4G LTE network, we're laying the foundation for 5G, the next advance in network technologies. We're boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network using the latest technology.

Since the formation of the FirstNet public-private partnership a little over a year ago, governors from all 50 states, 5 territories and D.C. recognized the value of FirstNet, joining in its mission to strengthen and modernize public safety's communications capabilities.

FirstNet is a new nationwide communications platform dedicated to America's public safety community. As we build, deploy and evolve FirstNet, we will build upon our current and planned investments in Connecticut to help ensure public safety's network delivers the coverage and cutting-edge capabilities first responders expect – today and for decades to come.

For the 4th year in a row, AT&T earned the top spot in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies list in 2018. We also placed No. 49 among the 50 most admired companies across all industries.

We were ranked first or second in all 9 attributes used to compile the list, including innovation, people management, quality of management, long-term investment value, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.

To learn more about our coverage in Connecticut, or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

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February 12, 2018

Congress needs to establish an 'Internet Bill of Rights'

Posted by John Emra

You've heard a lot about net neutrality in the news lately.

I want to share with you AT&T's perspective on the issue.

You should know that 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 favor federal legislation to ensure that there is one set of rules that applies to all internet companies, and includes internet and privacy protections for consumers.

A patchwork of different state rules would confuse consumers, harm competition, and impede innovation and investment.
Net Neutrality
Congress needs to act 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.

For more information, I wanted you to see the open letter that our Chairman shared recently in major national newspapers.

Sincerely,

John R. Emra
President — AT&T Connecticut


Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

PeopleGovernment 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

 

November 01, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by John R. Emra

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!

Sincerely,

John R. Emra
President — AT&T Connecticut

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July 31, 2017

Connecting people to opportunity: AT&T Annual Sustainability Report

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

At AT&T, we are using the power of our network, our workforce and our connections to drive positive change in communities. Our successes in this effort are in large part due to our employees’ commitment to the greater good.

It’s because of this dedication that for the 3rd time in 5 years, AT&T has been named the top community-minded communications company in the U.S. by The Civic 50.

Additionally, we announced our first milestone toward our goal of enabling customer carbon savings 10x the footprint of AT&T’s operations by 2025. This update includes a methodology for measuring our impact and our first customer case study about the carbon benefits of connected shipping pallets.

Side-by-side with nonprofits, peers and customers, we are working to measure the carbon- and cost-savings enabled by our technology so more businesses can understand how they can use technology to help improve the environment.

These stories and more are articulated in the 2016 edition of our Annual Sustainability Update and 28 associated issue briefs. The report highlights the progress our company is making through a variety of citizenship and sustainability initiatives designed to help the individuals, communities and environments that need it most.

Check out some additional highlights from the report:

CSR update

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March 30, 2017

Update: Help a charity in Connecticut win BIG

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

Dear Friends,

Shatterproof, a nonprofit in Connecticut, has made the Final Two in the Brackets For Good tournament for nonprofits that ends this Friday. So they need your help to win big cash! To learn more or to donate, click here.

Brackets For Good uses friendly rivalries to help nonprofits win big, and you can join in the fun! AT&T is teaming up with the organization to host Brackets For Good USA, the first national online bracket-style fundraising competition.

Shatterproof is “a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families.”

Through 9 p.m. EST, Friday, March 31, 64 nonprofits have competed for donors’ support, with every dollar donated earning one “point” to help them advance to the next round. The nonprofits get to keep their donations, and the winner takes home an additional $100,000 from an AT&T contribution to Brackets For Good.

We congratulate Shatterproof and all of the organizations participating and look forward to an exciting competition, where everyone wins.

To learn more, click here.

Brackets for Good

Sincerely,

John R. Emra
President — AT&T Connecticut

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Brackets for GoodFriendly rivalry will help nonprofits win big — including 3 based in Connecticut — and you can join in the fun! AT&T is teaming up with Brackets For Good to host Brackets For Good USA, the first national online bracket-style fundraising competition.

From Feb. 24 through March 31, 64 nonprofits will compete for donors’ support, with every dollar donated earning 1 “point” to help them advance to the next round. Connecticut-based nonprofits Save the Children, Keep America Beautiful and Shatterproof will square up against charities across America. The nonprofits get to keep their donations, and the winner takes home an additional $100,000 from an AT&T contribution  to Brackets For Good. 

It’s competitive giving — and everybody wins. Learn more and support your favorite nonprofit today at usa.bfg.org! 

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March 16, 2017

FLYING COWs leading us into the future, and more!

Posted by John Emra

Dear Friends,
 
The future is here. Our customers want to download content faster, stay connected with family and friends and have greater control over their home. That’s why AT&T continues to lead and innovate in this space — from IoTs to flying drones, we want to make sure our network is ready for what our customers want and for the possibilities that the future holds. We’re also focused on the future of our communities, which is why AT&T is teaming up with Brackets For Good and continuing our local efforts with IT CAN WAIT and bringing tech training to seniors. As we look back at the first quarter of 2017, we have done so much, but we know there is so much more to do. And we won’t be able to do it without you.

Sincerely,

John R. Emra
President — AT&T Connecticut

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March 14, 2017

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a FLYING COW

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

Click here to watch the Flying COW video.When we first announced our drone program back in July 2016, I’m sure you were intrigued, yet slightly confused. Well, since our announcement we have been working on what we like to call “Flying COWs.”

FLYING COW videoA Flying COW is a cell site on a drone. But what does COW stand for? In a nutshell, it stands for “Cell On Wings” Pretty clever, huh?

Recently our drone team — in what we believe is an industry first — successfully completed a live test flight of a Flying COW transmitting and receiving speed data outside a field in Atlanta. The Flying COW plays an important role for our Network Disaster Recovery team, and we’ll also look to use them to enhance coverage at big events like music festivals. Once operational, 1 Flying COW could eventually provide coverage to an area of up to 40 square miles.

Be sure to check out this video to watch AT&T’s Flying COW in action!

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March 13, 2017

“M” in LTE-M should stand for MORE – more Internet of Things

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

The world of connected devices is already here, with more ordinary objects becoming extraordinaryAT&T is a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) and our plans for a nationwide deployment of a LTE-M network for Internet of Things is ahead of schedule in the second quarter of 2017. We’re also planning LTE-M availability in Mexico by the end of the year.

LTE-M will be the catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments. Allowing more businesses and people to tap into IoT will transform how we live, work and care for our world. Currently, we are already testing LTE-M network and chipset technology in:

Bullet pointSmart water meters with Capstone Metering
Bullet pointSmart pallets with RM2
Bullet pointSmart beverage fountains with PepsiCo
Bullet pointConsumer devices with Samsung
Bullet pointShipping container monitoring with Xirgo Technologies
Bullet pointConnected vehicles and fleet & asset management with CalAmp
Bullet pointHome security and automation with Telular.

Devices designed to operate on the LTE-M network have advantages over traditional IoT connectivity options. You’ll see:

Lower device costs 

Longer battery life (expected up to 10 years)

Better coverage underground and deep inside buildings

Module Size (as small as 1/6 the size of current modules)

 

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March 12, 2017

AT&T brings distracted driving program to Westhill High School

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

Mentor and studentStudentConnecticut state Rep. Caroline Simmons joined AT&T Connecticut on Wednesday to bring the AT&T "IT CAN WAIT" distracted driving program to students at Westhill High School.
Students were led in an interactive discussion about the dangers of distracted driving, and watched a powerful documentary presented by AT&T that shows the potentially deadly consequences of glancing at your phone while behind the wheel.

Wednesday's event was part of the AT&T national "IT CAN WAIT" campaign, which has encouraged more than 11 million people around the world to never text and drive.

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March 11, 2017

AT&T hosts technology training sessions for Connecticut seniors

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

AT&T experts, along with state Rep. Gail Lavielle (Dist. 143, Norwalk), recently visited the Norwalk Senior Center to offer residents free technology training lessons.
Senior tech trainingWhether participants needed help personalizing their new smartphones or wanted to set up video-chatting software to stay in touch more easily with their families, Norwalk Senior Center residents had the opportunity to sit one-on-one with an AT&T representative to learn how to master their mobile technology.

“All of our advanced mobile devices are capable of solving so many problems, but first, users need to know how to use them,” said John Emra, president, AT&T Connecticut. “These free workshops are our way of making sure each and every one of our customers is getting the most out of our products. We’re proud to host them, and we look forward to planning additional events throughout the year.”

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January 20, 2017

Supporting Innovation & Sharing Highlights

Posted by John Erma

Dear Friends,

We’re kicking off 2017 with a renewed effort to work with innovators across the country to support students’ educational and career success. We’ll also be working with state and local leaders across Connecticut to keep our customers — and their constituents — connected to each other and their world. Our industry is changing faster than ever, and we want to make sure public policies keep up with those changes.

We’re looking forward to a great year.

As always, I welcome your feedback.

Sincerely,

John R. Emra
President — AT&T Connecticut


Connected to Good

The new year is a perfect time to celebrate and reflect on experiences and accomplishments from the last 12 months. We focus on the communities in which we live and work across the country. Before we walk too far into 2017, we wanted to take a moment to share highlights of some of our milestones in 2016.

Mentorship Mentorship

In the Fall of 2012, AT&T set out to impact the lives of students through 1 million hours of mentoring by the end of 2016. We met that goal in January of 2016, with our employees mentoring more than 160,000 students in 336 cities.

Employee mentoring is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative to promote success in school and beyond.

Read more here.

STEM logo STEM

Ninety percent of parents want their children to have access to computer science education at school, and teachers agree. However, three-quarters of U.S. schools do not offer meaningful computer science courses.
In 2016 we continued to support organizations that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). In April, our chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, joined other CEOs in signing an open letter to Congress, asking for federal funding to provide every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer science.

Read more here.

Veterans logo Veterans

AT&T actively focuses on recruiting veterans into career paths because the experience and skills gained through the military are an invaluable contribution to the workforce. Last spring we announced plans to hire an additional 10,000 veterans, bringing our veteran hiring commitment to a total of 20,000 by 2020.

This commitment was announced at the White House Joining Forces event, with more than 50 other companies also dedicated to hiring and training veterans and military spouses. The hiring commitment from AT&T was one of the largest announced.

Read more here


sustainability logo Sustainability

At AT&T, we work hard to help create a better, more environmentally sustainable world by providing technologies that enable things like connected cars and homes; smarter and more resilient energy grids; and tools to help cities manage traffic to reduce pollution.

Connecting to good is a daily commitment, and we take pride in tracking and measuring our progress. In August, we released our annual corporate social responsibility update on our year-round efforts.

Click here for our full report.

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January 19, 2017

Support Innovations to Help Every Student Achieve

Posted by AT&T Connecticut

AT&T is calling on innovative ed-tech ventures to apply for the 2017 AT&T Aspire Accelerator

Apply now for AT&T AspireIn its third year, the Aspire Accelerator’s mission is to support innovations that can help every student achieve a bright, successful future — exponentially and at scale. For- and non-profit organizations chosen to participate in the program receive financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship.

The Aspire Accelerator is open to any venture working to develop technology to support students’ educational and career success. The 11 previous participants have thrived in the program and, together, have reached more than 4 million students.

The Aspire Accelerator application is open through Feb. 7, and the program will begin with selected ventures in May 2017. To learn more and apply, please visit www.att.com/aspireaccelerator.

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January 18, 2017

Inauguration 2017: Stars, Stripes and Selfies

Posted by AT&T Connecticut

Stars Stripes and Selfies phones

Can you even begin to imagine what nearly 1 million people will look like standing on the National Mall on Inauguration Day? You can bet nearly all of these people will be holding their phones up high wanting to share the Inauguration of the country’s new President with friends and family through text messages, photos and social media. That’s a massive number of people using their smartphones in the same place at the same time. And a massive amount of demand placed on our network. There is no doubt; this is a challenge to support. But it’s a challenge we’ve been planning to take on for more than 2 years.

AT&T is investing nearly $15 million and more than quintupling network capacity throughout D.C. to boost the network for the Inauguration. We’re also making hundreds of permanent upgrades that will benefit the District for years to come, including LTE capacity upgrades to more than 20 cell sites. We’re also rolling out 7 Super Cell on Wheels (COWs) along the 2-mile National Mall, with 2 of the COWs equipped with our highest-capacity antenna — the Drum Set Antenna — providing 20 times more network capacity than a traditional cell site. This is our largest temporary network deployment ever. In total, our 7 Super COW deployment, along the National Mall, is equal to nearly 50 traditional cell sites.

2012 vs. 2016 — How has Mobile Technology Changed in 4 Years?

A lot has changed in just 4 years since the last Presidential Inauguration. Our network engineers continue to see massive mobile data growth on our network and have developed innovative technology to keep up with the demand. Since 2007, data usage on our network has grown by 250,000% — due to the rise in popularity of video streaming apps and mobile internet usage.

In 2013, during President Barack Obama’s second Inauguration, although the crowd was smaller than 2009, data usage on our D.C.-area network was more than 16 times larger than it was during Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. We expect to see even more data usage this year, as streaming video and apps (like Snapchat) have gained in popularity.

bullet pointFor the 2013 Inauguration, we deployed Cell on Wheels (COWs) to boost coverage along the National Mall, but they’re nothing like the Super COWs we have at our disposal this year. For context, one Super COW is equal to 6 COWs in 2012 and is able to provide more than 30 times network capacity.

bullet pointIn 2012, 35% of adults in the U.S. owned smartphones, compared to more than 72% in 2016. That means there will be a lot more people using social media, streaming, tweeting and snapping at this year’s Inauguration compared to 2013.

During the Inauguration, local and national network teams will watch the network closely — ready to respond quickly as needed. At AT&T, we do everything we can to make sure you’re able to share your experiences from your smartphone with others. Whether that’s streaming the Inauguration live from your desk or in person on the National Mall with a million other people.

For more information, be sure to read the Innovation Space blog by Scott Mair.

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January 17, 2017

More Control Over Nuisance Calls - For Free

Posted by AT&T Connecticut

More control over unwanted callsMore control over unwanted calls

AT&T* Call Protect is the new, free network-based service that gives eligible AT&T wireless customers with HD Voice more control over unwanted calls on their smartphones.¹

This innovative solution harnesses the power of the AT&T network to give customers automatic fraud blocking and suspected spam call warnings.

Simply add the feature through your myAT&T account or the AT&T Call Protect app and get these benefits:

orange bullet pointAutomatic fraud blocking, which helps reduce the chances that a customer will become the victim of a phone fraud or scam by stopping these types of calls in the network before they even reach the phone.²

orange bullet pointSuspected spam warnings on the incoming call screen, which lets a customer choose whether or not to answer calls that originate from a suspected spam source.³ (must be in HD voice coverage area)

“Nuisance calls are an industry-wide problem that unfortunately affect many people,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device and Network Services Marketing, AT&T. “We’ve listened to our customers and know they want a network that provides tools to proactively assist in blocking nuisance calls. AT&T Call Protect, along with others, will help put customers more in control of the calls they receive.”

You can extend this innovative network-based service and get more optional features, including temporary call blocking4, by downloading the complementary AT&T Call Protect mobile companion app.

To learn more, visit att.com/callprotect. To report unwanted calls and text messages, visit att.com/fraud.

¹AT&T Call Protect: Available to AT&T consumer postpaid wireless customers with iOS or Android smartphones that are eligible for AT&T HD Voice. For information on AT&T HD Voice, visit att.com/hdvoice. ²Automatic Fraud Blocking: May inadvertently block wanted calls, but settings can be adjusted to turn off blocking or allow specifically designated numbers. ³Suspected Spam Warning: Must be in AT&T HD Voice coverage area to be alerted to suspected spam calls. Suspected spam may include service messages and/or other permitted calls. 4Temporary Call Block: Requires AT&T Call Protect App. Permits blocking of phone numbers for up to 30 days at a time. Does not permit blocking of unknown numbers. www.att.com/callprotectterms   

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December 20, 2016

Wrapping Up 2016 on a High Note

Posted by John Erma

Dear Friends,

As the year comes to a close, I am proud that we are wrapping up on a high note. It has been a busy year, and I hope you are able to spend some time this holiday season with your family and friends. We’ve been in the holiday spirit at AT&T as we just wrapped up our Toys for Tots drive in 32 Connecticut stores. It has been a busy year, and I hope you are able to spend some time this holiday season with your family and friends.

As always, AT&T is proud to share some of the great work we have been doing.

Thank you for your interest in AT&T, and for your role in making this year a success.

Sincerely,

John Erma
President — AT&T Connecticut


AT&T Giving Campaign to Help Teachers and Students this Holiday Season

Celebrate the season of giving

Together with our employees and customers, we’re helping make the holidays a little bit better for students and teachers across the country through a matching gift campaign with DonorsChoose.org.

Through DonorsChoose.org, teachers can post classroom projects that they need help funding. Once that project is funded, the books, art supplies and other resources are shipped directly to the school.

Last year, AT&T and its employees donated $228,000 to DonorsChoose.org during the holiday season. This year, we’re inviting our customers to join us through the AT&T THANKS customer appreciation program. AT&T will match $1,000 per employee or customer, up to $200,000 for donations to DonorsChoose.org when they use a special code. By spreading the love, we’re hoping to help even more teachers and students this holiday season!

If you are a customer and wish to participate, log on to AT&T THANKS to receive the match code. To learn more about our support of education, visit AT&T Aspire.

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December 19, 2016

Connecticut Students Awarded Funding from AT&T to Help Combat Cyberbullying

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

Connecticut students joined students from 9 states and Washington, D.C., in making short films on cyberbullying for the All-American High School Festival.

AT&T* and the Tyler Clementi Foundation awarded nearly $25,000 to help high school student filmmakers compete in the All-American High School Film Festival in New York City. Connecticut student filmmakers from The Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) in Hamden were selected by AT&T to participate in the competition after an intense national competition.

In total, more than 250 students from 29 schools and organizations from across the U.S. participated in this Film Invitational Competition. The students shot, edited and produced an 8-minute film in New York City, addressing cyberbullying and the impact it has had on their lives. The festival took place from Oct. 5–9, during National Cyberbullying Prevention Month.

“I want to congratulate the outstanding group of film students from The Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS), whose short film about the harmful effects of cyberbullying recently earned them a trip to New York City to compete in the AT&T Film Invitational, said John Emra, president of AT&T in Connecticut. “ESUMS was one of only 29 schools across the country — and the only school in New England — to earn an invitation to show off their work on a national stage. I am tremendously proud of the ESUMS students who offered their talents and dedicated long hours to produce a nationally recognized film, and I urge all Connecticut residents to join the effort of raising awareness about cyberbullying.

"My son Tyler's story brought cyberbullying onto the national stage, but we know that he is unfortunately far from alone in experiencing its devastating impact. We need to educate teens and parents about cyberbullying, so that we can ensure what happened Tyler doesn't happen to anyone else," said Jane Clementi, founder and board member of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. "The Tyler Clementi Foundation is proud to partner with AT&T on this issue and to support these student filmmakers. We know that peer-to-peer communication is the most effective tool to combat cyberbullying — these films will truly have the power to help save lives.”

The winning film was “Gr@vity” by Steilacoom High School from Washington State. Schools, youth organizations and parents will all be able to view the winning film through AT&T “Digital You.” The program helps people of all ages learn how to have a safe and secure online experience.

AT&T has made addressing the rise of cyberbullying a priority. This support of the All-American High School Film Festival follows a first-of-its-kind poll commissioned with the Tyler Clementi Foundation this past March on cyberbullying. The results compared and contrasted parent and teen perceptions about cyberbullying, as well as evaluated behaviors by perpetrators, witnesses and victims, all in the New York City area.

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About The Tyler Clementi Foundation

The Tyler Clementi Foundation, guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, works to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. We promote safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies.

Through educational partnerships, research, public dialogues and awareness programs, the Tyler Clementi Foundation fosters empathetic, constructive discussions of respect and dignity for youth and families, at all levels of society.

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December 18, 2016

Get Inspired by RESOLUTION: Innovative Thinking about Disability, an AT&T Original Documentary Premiere

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RESOLUTION: Innovative Thinking about Disability

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On Oct. 30, AT&T launched a new documentary that tells incredible stories about people who are on the front lines of social change in the United States. The AT&T original documentary RESOLUTION is focused on innovative thinking about disability and showcases 4 compelling organizations that are making a meaningful difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

RESOLUTION: Innovative Thinking about Disability follows the leaders of each of the featured organizations across the country — from Washington, D.C., to Plano, Texas — as they work to help make a difference in the lives of others. Viewers meet Pete Scott, a veteran Counterintelligence Agent, who served in the United States Army for 12 years and is now serving other veterans with disabilities through his nonprofit, Fields 4 Valor. They also met the organization that inspired and supported Pete in making that happen, Dog Tag, Inc. Viewers were also introduced to Brittany Déjean, whose father’s experience with quadriplegia led her to create AbleThrive, an online platform that curates content to support people with disabilities, and to AT&T partner LaunchAbility, which has helped place employees at our corporate offices.

RESOLUTION: Innovative Thinking about Disability is available for viewing On Demand on DIRECTV and U-verse. Check it out today to get inspired!

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December 17, 2016

The Explosive Growth of the Global Internet

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

A look at the Quartz internet map

Map of the Internet

Check out this new Map of the Internet, a Quartz research and editorial project conducted on behalf of AT&T, with 2 AT&T-specific pieces covering mobile and fixed broadband investment, as well as the growth of over-the-top services.

You Live on Your Phone, but Chances are You Still Rely on Fixed Broadband

“Demand for mobile broadband shows no signs of slowing, but ultimately, most consumers want to have it all: fast, reliable broadband at home, in the office, in the car and anywhere else they happen to be, using any device they choose. In order to satisfy this demand, infrastructure and technology need to keep up. And while it’s difficult to predict the future technology we’ll access on these networks, it’s clear that it will require sustained investment in building and maintaining our broadband infrastructure and, ultimately, developing the next big broadband innovation — whatever it may be.”

Cord-never? Loyal Cable Subscriber? Either Way, Content Creators Want Your Attention

“Would video streaming services exist without the proliferation of high-speed broadband and mobile devices that make video so easy to watch? Unlikely. There’s a long, rich history of technology enabling in-home entertainment, and it predates the internet by many years.”

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November 10, 2016

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

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

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