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October 01, 2019

We can be part of the solution

Posted by John Emra

Dear Friend,

Climate change is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. We know that we need collaboration and collective action to meet global climate goals. And AT&T believes we can be part of the solution. That’s why we’re taking action to use our technology, talent and size to reduce emissions from our own operations and build additional resilience within our network.

Last week, we announced that our renewable energy purchases will surpass 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy capacity, solidifying our position as one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the U.S. The combined electricity generated from AT&T’s renewable energy purchases (1.5 GW) is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to providing electricity for more than 560,000 homes or to taking 690,000 cars off the road for 1 year.

Our investments in renewable energy are part of a company-wide commitment to help address climate change and create a better, more environmentally sustainable world. More information about our environmental programs and initiatives can be found at att.com/environment.

And thank you for doing your part in helping to address climate change.

Sincerely,

John Emra
President — AT&T Connecticut
@ATTNewEngland


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July 24, 2019

5G and the future of wireless in Connecticut

Posted by John Emra

Dear Friend,

Last week, Connecticut took an important step forward towards its wireless future when Governor Ned Lamont signed into law a bill that will make it easier to bring new technology to the state.

Small cells lay the foundation for the next generation of wireless technology, including 5G. This legislation, championed by Governor Lamont, Rep. David Arconti, Sen. Norm Needleman, Rep. Charles Ferraro, and Sen. Paul Formica, will facilitate bringing this important technology to more communities around Connecticut, sparking new opportunities for job creation, economic development and innovation. The legislation serves as a good example of the power of public-private partnerships as well as the leadership Governor Lamont has shown in taking concrete steps to grow our economy.

Our team at AT&T Connecticut is dedicated to working with public officials and stakeholders across the state to ensure Connecticut is at the forefront of wireless evolution. In fact, over the past three years, AT&T has invested more than $225 million to boost local networks in this state, with the goal of increasing speed, coverage, reliability and overall performance for customers, public safety and first responders.

You can read more about the new bill signed into law by the Governor, and other ways the next generation of wireless technology will positively impact Connecticut in previous stories on this site.



Sincerely,

John R. Emra
President — AT&T Connecticut
connecticut.att.com
@ATTNewEngland

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July 22, 2019

AT&T Invests More Than $225 Million over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Connecticut

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

Network Investment

At AT&T, we've invested more than $225 Million in our Connecticut wireless networks during 2016-2018.

These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. We've also improved critical services that support Public Safety and first responders using the FirstNet communications platform.

AT&T's wireless network covers more than 99% of all Americans and has become the fastest wireless network in the nation, according to the first quarter 2019 results from tests taken with Speedtest® and analyzed by Ookla®. 2

In 2018, AT&T made 495 wireless network upgrades in Connecticut

We added:

  • New build sites
  • LTE carrier jobs
  • LTE bandwidth expansions

Following the passage of recent state legislation, AT&T will continue its investment in Connecticut with additional upgrades.

"Governor Ned Lamont introduced legislation which is awaiting his signature that encourages 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 its mobile network," said John Emra, president of AT&T Connecticut. "This investment will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead."

"For Connecticut to continue to thrive and attract new jobs and innovation, sustained investment by the private sector is crucial," said Joe Brennan, President of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. "By continuing to build state-of-the-art infrastructure in our state, AT&T is making business growth possible and assuring that our residents have the tools to stay connected and entertained."

The AT&T LTE network covers more than 400 million people in North America.

By building out our 4G LTE network, we're boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network and upgrade our technology.

Additionally, for the 5th consecutive year we've landed on Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired" companies. It's also the 6th year in a row we've appeared on the Global Top 50 list – no other telecom company made the Top 50.

Transforming Public Safety Communications
FirstNet is Public Safety's dedicated, nationwide communications platform. It is for all first responders – career and volunteer, urban or rural. It's bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities, helping first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.

Building upon our current and planned investments in Connecticut, we continue to extend the reach and increase the capacity of the FirstNet communications platform:

  • Deployed Band 14 spectrum in more than 600 markets nationwide, including communities like BridgeportHartfordNew HavenNew London/Norwich and Windham
  • Band 14 is high-quality spectrum provided by the First Responder Network Authority. Its signal covers larger geographic areas with less infrastructure to better support rural communities, and it can better reach in-building in more urban areas as compared to higher-MHz spectrum.
  • Connecticut first responders enjoy the fastest overall experience on FirstNet, compared to any commercial network in the nation, thanks to the specialized capabilities enabled by the physically separate and dedicated FirstNet network core, like always-on priority and preemption. 3
  • Public safety agencies subscribed to FirstNet have 24/7 access to a nationwide fleet of 75 deployable network assets. These assets can either be deployed for planned events or called upon in emergencies to help first responders stay connected and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line.

FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority – an independent agency within the federal government. This helps ensure that the FirstNet communications platform and service offerings meet the short- and long-term needs of the public safety community.

To learn more about our wireless 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.

1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
2 Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.
3Based on AT&T analysis of Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® nationwide data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.


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July 21, 2019

Storm season ahead: Stay prepared

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

At AT&T, we know firsthand the power and unpredictability of natural disasters. That’s why we're ready with one of the largest Natural Disaster Recovery fleets in the industry. So, as we all keep a close eye on the forecasts this time of year, I encourage you to make sure that you and your family are prepared and have a plan to stay safe in the event of a disaster.

AT&T starts its storm-preparedness process as we closely monitor any natural disaster's anticipated track.

Preparation includes:

 

Topping off fuel generators

 

Protecting physical facilities against flooding with sandbags

 

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

 

Testing high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites

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

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

 

Hazmat equipment and supplies

 

 

Emergency communications vehicles (ECVs)

 

Flying Cell on Wings
(Flying COWs)

 

Drones

 

Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Please stay safe, and thank you for what you do every day to keep our state prepared to meet and beat challenges.


As we prepare in case of an emergency, you should, too. Everybody should have a plan in place. When preparing for an evacuation or shelter-in-place, consider the following.

Customer Tips:

 

Keep your mobile device battery charged. In case of a power outage, have another way to charge your phone, like an extra battery, car charger or device-charging accessory. Applicable sales tax holidays are a great time to stock up on cell phone accessories. 

 

Keep your mobile devices dry. The biggest threat to your device during a hurricane is water. Keep it safe from the elements by storing it in a baggie or some other type of protective covering, like an Otterbox phone cover.

 

Have a family communication plan. Choose someone out of the area as a central contact. Make sure all family members know who to contact if they get separated. Most importantly, practice your emergency plan in advance.

 

Program all your emergency contact numbers and email addresses into your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station, hospital and your family members.

 

Camera phones provide assistance. If you have a camera phone, take, store and send your insurance company photos and video clips of damage to your property.

 

Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum. Limit your calls to the most important ones. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will be attempting to place calls to loved ones, friends and business associates.

 

Use location-based technology. Services like AT&T Navigator and AT&T FamilyMap can help you find evacuation routes or avoid traffic from downed trees and power lines. They can also track a family member’s wireless device if you get separated.

 

Limit social media activity. Keep social media activity to a minimum during and after a storm to limit network congestion and allow for emergency communications to go through.

 

Keep the lines open for emergencies. During evacuations, storm events and the aftermath, network resources will likely be taxed. To help ensure that emergency personnel have open lines, keep these tips in mind.

 

Be prepared for high call volume. During an emergency, many people are trying to use their phones at the same time. The increased calling volume may create network congestion, leading to “fast busy” signals on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone. If this happens, hang up, wait several seconds and then call again. This allows your original call data to clear the network before you try again.

 

Forward your home number to your mobile number in the event of an evacuation. Call forwarding is based out of the telephone central office. This means you will get calls from your landline phone even if your local telephone service is disrupted. If the central office is not operational, services such as voicemail and call forwarding may be useful.

 

Track the storm and access weather information on your mobile device. Many homes lose power during severe weather. You can stay up to speed as a DIRECTV customer, by streaming local weather channels using the DIRECTV app on your smartphone. If you subscribe to mobile DVR, you can also stream every channel directly to your phone.

 

Text messaging. During an emergency situation, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls because they require fewer network resources. All AT&T wireless devices are text messaging-capable. Depending on your text or data plan, additional charges may apply.

 

After a storm passes: 

You should monitor local news and take the necessary safety precautions for your personal safety and when traveling to work.

Go to https://about.att.com/pages/disaster_relief for more information and tips on disaster preparedness.


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July 20, 2019

AT&T SHAPE explores the convergence of tech and entertainment in L.A.

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

SHAPE is an immersive event exploring the convergence of technology and entertainment. Now in its fourth year, SHAPE brought visionary speakers, including director Ava DuVernay; Issa Rae, creator of Insecure and Awkward Black Girl; and Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel, and interactive exhibits featuring the magic of virtual and augmented reality and the power and speed of 5G. Attendees witnessed firsthand how entertainment tech is revolutionizing content creation, distribution and audience experiences.

“AT&T SHAPE will again unite developers, creators and media makers in a rare opportunity to encounter the convergence of tech and entertainment in a hands-on experience,” said Kevin Petersen, SVP of Wireless Device, Network and Services Marketing for AT&T Mobility and Entertainment. “Through interactive demos and dynamic speakers, guests will be inspired to shape the future of the technology and entertainment.”

The interactive experiences at SHAPE are designed to let guests experience the unprecedented responsiveness and speed of 5G. Guests engaged with the future of road-based travel in an IoT-enabled Airstream classic travel trailer with Smart Control Technology that AT&T is connecting over 5G; experienced gaming on cutting-edge 5G mobile devices; and enjoyed immersive entertainment with volumetric video capture and cutting-edge virtual reality content from Warner Bros.

AT&T also hosted 3 competitions during SHAPE:

AT&T Film Awards: Rising creators were encouraged to submit their films for the AT&T Film Awards. Finalists will be invited to attend SHAPE, where we’ll screen the top-rated films and even have the audience vote for their favorite short and help determine who will take home a share of $60,000 in prizes. Finalists will also receive a private mentoring session with DuVernay (before she kicks off the AT&T Film Awards) with a short conversation about her experience as an aspiring filmmaker.

AT&T Entertainment App Challenge: In the AT&T Entertainment App Challenge, we’re inviting developers, designers and creators to submit solutions that use cutting-edge tech to disrupt the way people create and experience entertainment. Whether it be using technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality/augmented reality/mixed reality, Internet of Things, and robotics, or developing apps for the second screen, the top solutions will be exhibited at SHAPE.

AT&T Create-a-thon: The AT&T Create-a-thon is a short film sprint competition being held onsite at SHAPE. Filmmakers will be given a unique opportunity to shoot their short film idea at Warner Bros., using iconic cityscapes and backlots. There will be a $10,000 cash prize for the best, completed film in a number of categories.

Attendees also toured Warner Bros. Studios’ outdoor sets and soundstages to get up-close looks at props and costumes from iconic films.


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July 19, 2019

Future focused. Purpose driven. 2018 AT&T Corporate Responsibility Update

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

As the world faces evolving environmental, economic and social challenges, we believe AT&T has a role in helping people develop innovative, transformative solutions, share ideas and generate positive impacts.

Our approach to social responsibility is based on the core belief that our long-term business success is tied to the strength and health of our communities and the world. That’s why we’re prioritizing preparing current and future employees for the workforce of tomorrow, mitigating the impact of climate change and leading positive change in our society.

In 2018, we celebrated 10 years of our signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, our $500 million commitment to education and skills building. To help connect young people to the skills needed for success, AT&T has committed to host 200 interns annually, through Year Up, by 2022.

We made measurable progress on our goal to enable carbon savings 10 times the footprint of our operations by 2025, moving 20% of the way toward that goal.

And, across the country, AT&T employees are working to expand economic opportunity, provide training and help those in need through our AT&T Believes initiative.

Learn more by following @ATTimpact or read the report at http://www.att.com/sustainabilityreport.


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July 18, 2019

Turn Up the Love all year long

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

AT&T is passionate about accepting people for who they are, including members of the LGBTQ+ community. And we’ve believed this for a long time! AT&T added sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination clause in 1975 and then established an employee resource group for LGBTQ+ employees in 1987. In 1998, we became one of the first to provide domestic partner benefits to our employees who have same-sex partners.

AT&T also stands true to this commitment of equality by using our “voice” in support of The Equality Act. It was reintroduced in the U.S. House earlier this year, and we want to see it signed into law. This is why AT&T, and 176 other companies, are standing together in the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act.

Another one of our longstanding commitments has been connecting LGBTQ+ youth when it matters most with The Trevor Project. They provide essential crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth, who are, sadly, 4x more likely to attempt suicide. This year, The Trevor Project’s TrevorText and TrevorChat services became available 24/7 thanks to AT&T’s support, products and volunteers. Now, The Trevor Project can help 3x as many people who are in crisis thanks to these new services. There is no better way to celebrate Pride Month than to get involved with this life-saving organization.

You can learn more about how AT&T is driving the conversation of LGBTQ+ acceptance and inclusion, this Pride season and all year long, on our platform — AT&T Turn Up the Love.


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July 17, 2019

Essence and AT&T celebrated Black achievement ahead of Essence Festival

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of its annual festival, ESSENCE, along with AT&T, celebrated the remarkable achievements in the Black community with a special premiere of the documentary, AT&T Humanity of Connection Celebrates Essence: 25 Years of the Culture.

Co-created by New Orleans-native and Head of Multicultural Engagement and Strategic Alliances for AT&T, Tanya Lombard, who is also the executive producer, the documentary follows and connects the amazing work of African Americans and Hispanic Americans and features those who have left their mark on ESSENCE.

“ESSENCE is everything to me,” Lombard said Monday night on the red carpet. “Growing up in New Orleans, being there for the first festival, it was the first time you saw so many women coming together. [It] was such a positive perspective. ESSENCE embodies strength — just women operating on an uber level.”

On Monday night, inside the New York Historical Society, it was a true celebration of Black excellence and proof that ESSENCE’s legacy continues to have an impact.

“I think ESSENCE endures because it is, and it has been for a half-century, a real essential part of where Black people are, particularly Black women, which is the core of our community,” Rev. Al Sharpton said. “And unlike others, they did not go with the trend, they set the trend. And they never compromised who we were; they showed us at our best. And we are not only an inspirational people, we are an aspirational people — ESSENCE gives us both inspiration and aspiration: inspiration to keep going and aspiration to our children what Black excellence really is.”


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April 25, 2019

Cultivating our impact

Posted by John Emra

Alongside the change in seasons comes a change in how we perceive the world around us. As part of our commitment to the environment, we’ve worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab to further develop our climate resiliency plan through the creation of a 30-year climate modeling tool. The tool will help us to better anticipate and plan for the impacts of a changing climate — just in time for Earth Day.

But that’s not all. April is also national volunteer month. We’re celebrating by honoring the many AT&T employee volunteers — some of whom have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

We are constantly focused on making our communities stronger, and nothing shows that quite like our commitment to the environment, and to each other.

Sincerely,

John Emra
President — AT&T Connecticut

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April 24, 2019

The climate is changing, and so are we

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

Climate

AT&T has engaged the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory for help on a Climate Change Resiliency Project to better anticipate, prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This is the first such project publicly announced in the telecommunications industry. It has brought together insights from Argonne National Laboratory’s leading climate and environmental science with AT&T data scientists. This has led to AT&T developing a Climate Change Analysis Tool that will help anticipate potential impacts of climate change on our network infrastructure and business operations 30 years into the future.

“Extreme weather and climate-related events disrupt businesses, public services and communities,” said Scott Mair, president, AT&T Operations. “Together with Argonne National Laboratory, we’re using industry-leading science and technology to assess the risks of a changing climate to our business, so we can make data-driven decisions to better serve our customers and improve our corporate resilience.”

By combining Argonne National Laboratory’s regional climate modeling data with sophisticated mapping capabilities, the tool allows AT&T to visualize climate change risk on company infrastructure and make smarter, climate-informed decisions for the future. For example, instead of relying on 10-day weather forecasts and historic events, we can now visualize climate-related events, such as projected sea-level rise, surrounding copper lines, fiber cable locations, cell sites, central offices and much more decades into the future. This information can be used to help us plan for maintenance, disaster recovery and future construction to best serve our customers and the communities we serve.

“Global climate change does not affect all regions or communities in the same way,” said Dr. Rao Kotamarthi, chief scientist, Argonne National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Science and Climate research group. “At Argonne National Laboratory, we are using high-resolution models and vast statistical techniques to project climate change at regional, local, and even neighborhood scales. Our project applies this detailed information to AT&T’s infrastructure planning, so it can safeguard networks and help ensure resiliency as the climate changes around it.”

AT&T is piloting the Climate Change Analysis Tool in the Southeastern United States, which has been hit hard by severe weather and hurricanes in recent years, and is exploring the possibility of expanding the project to include additional regions in the future. In coordination with Argonne National Laboratory, we’ll also make the regional climate modeling data calculated by Argonne National Laboratory for AT&T available to the public, including universities, municipalities and others, to use in their own climate risk analysis.

“As a company, we’ve long been working to help mitigate the impacts of climate change,” said Charlene Lake, AT&T senior vice president - corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer. “This project builds upon these efforts and helps boost climate resiliency for our business, our employees and our customers, who count on us to adapt and recover quickly when disaster strikes.”

AT&T is taking action to help build climate resilience for our business, our employees and our communities. We’ve invested more than 150,000 working hours and $650 million in our Network Disaster Recovery program to help keep customers connected when disaster strikes.1 Between 2014 and 2018, we’ve donated $3.7 million in humanitarian aid to support communities impacted by climate-related events. And, along with our employees, we’ve provided an additional $5.4 million in aid to more than 5,700 AT&T employees impacted by natural disasters events through our employee relief funds since 2011.2

AT&T’s Climate Resiliency Project is just one of our environmental sustainability initiatives. We have set a 10x Carbon Reduction goal to enable carbon savings 10x the footprint of our operations by 2025. To help reach this goal, we are working across our company to make our network, fleet and operations more efficient. We’re also helping our customers leverage technology, such as mobile connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT), to help reduce their carbon emissions. AT&T is one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the U.S., and our investments are helping to support America’s transition to a low-carbon economy and enable a clean energy future.

More information on the Climate Change Analysis Tool is available in our Road to Resiliency White Paper. For more information on our programs and our commitment to the environment, visit att.com/environment.


1 AT&T Disaster Response Issue Brief https://about.att.com/csr/home/issue-brief-builder/people/disaster-response.html

2 Employee relief funds refer to programs paid by the AT&T Foundation Employee Disaster Relief Fund and the AT&T Employee Relief Fund. Visit https://about.att.com/csr/home/issue-brief-builder/people/disaster-response.html for more information

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April 23, 2019

Together, we do more

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

As part of National Volunteer Month, we’re celebrating the more than 4,149 AT&T employees who have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for 2018. The PVSA is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service by spending more than 100 hours volunteering in the previous year. It’s inspiring and encouraging to think about the lives touched through these acts of kindness.

Throughout April, we are taking the time to say “thank you” to all of our employees — including the employees who received the PVSA in Connecticut this year — who are making communities better by volunteering and supporting causes they believe in.

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April 22, 2019

Celebrating National Volunteer Month and AT&T Employee Volunteers

Posted by AT&T Connecticut Team

Volunteers

For more than 100 years, AT&T employees have given their time, talents and resources to causes that matter most to them. From mentoring students, supporting our military, improving our environment and everything in-between. AT&T employee volunteers make our company and our communities stronger.

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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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