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April 25, 2019

When our communities call, we answer

Posted by Denis Dunn

We hope you’re enjoying spring in the District of Columbia. April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re celebrating by honoring the many AT&T employee volunteers — some of whom have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. It’s also Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so we’re reminding drivers of all ages — It Can Wait. AT&T and Turner are teaming up to mark Earth Day with a special challenge that ends tomorrow. And, you can check out our 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Report, which we released this week. 

We are constantly focused on making our communities stronger and better connected.

Sincerely,

Denis Dunn
President — AT&T District of Columbia

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April 24, 2019

AT&T Marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month with new research, same message: It Can Wait

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It Can Wait

The future of mobile communications and transportation are bright. Since we launched our It Can Wait distracted driving prevention program a decade ago, we’ve seen these two worlds evolve at lightning speed. And in many cases, even merge.

New research shows that 7-in-10 drivers say1 their smartphone has become essential for getting around. But using your phone behind the wheel can be deadly. Smartphone distracted driving has become so normal it’s treated as the status quo – when in fact it’s an epidemic. Our latest research1 revealed a sharp rise in the consumption of immersive content behind the wheel. Video watching and video chatting while driving doubled compared to 20152.

Read more here.

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1 Research commissioned by AT&T and Braun Research. A 10-minute online survey was fielded among a nationally representative sample of 2081 Americans from March 8, 2019 through March 14, 2019 to understand their own driving behaviors and perceptions towards distracted driving. Respondents must be between the ages of 16 & 65, use a smartphone at least one a day, and driver at least “almost every day”. The margin of error is +/-2 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

2 Research commissioned by AT&T and Braun Research. A 15-minute cellphone survey among a nationally representative sample of 2067 American drivers. Additional information can be found here.

April 24, 2019

Together, we do more in the District

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

Thank You

As part of National Volunteer Month, we’re celebrating the 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 six employees who received the PVSA in the District of Columbia this year — who are making communities better by volunteering and supporting causes they believe in.


"Our employees’ tremendous spirit of service is part of the fabric of our company. Their selfless contributions make our communities and our company stronger. We congratulate this year’s AT&T PVSA winners here in the District of Columbia and across the company, and we thank them for sharing their time and talent to help make a positive impact on their community.”


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April 23, 2019

AT&T and Turner kick off “Hope Island Recovery Challenge” with Launch of Captain Planet Mobile Game in Celebration of Earth Day

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Earth Day Challenge

In celebration of Earth Day 2019, AT&T* and Turner are calling on all Planeteers to join superhero Captain Planet in restoring trees on Hope Island in the “Hope Island Recovery Challenge.” From Earth Day (April 22, 2019) through Arbor Day (April 26, 2019), AT&T will donate $1, up to $100,000, to the Captain Planet Foundation™ for every tree restored on Hope Island in the new mobile game, “Captain Planet: Gaia Guardians,” published by Turner’s Adult Swim Games. AT&T’s donation will support Project Learning Garden™, a program creating schoolyard gardens for students to engage in inquiry-driven, project-based learning.

Read more here.

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April 22, 2019

At AT&T, We're All In

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

We're All In

“At AT&T, we’re all in for diversity and inclusion.”

That’s what Corey Anthony, our senior vice president for human resources and chief diversity officer, said when he released our 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Report.

“As I view our 2018 accomplishments across our four diversity pillars – employees, communities, customers and suppliers – what jumps out at me is how multidimensional our company has become the past five years – especially with the addition of WarnerMedia (Warner Bros., HBO, Turner and Otter Media) and the launch of our Xandr advertising company last year,” Corey wrote on LinkedIn on April 18.

Read the full report here.

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February 22, 2019

#DreamInBlack with Black Future Month

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During Black History Month, we celebrate the legacy and awe-inspiring contributions of those committed to equality. Their efforts preserve a rich cultural heritage and pave the way for future generations.

In the spirit of honoring that excellence, AT&T’s Dream in Black presents Black Future Month, a celebration during the 28 days of Black History Month where we’ve been honoring 27 inspiring creators making history by shaping our futures, today.

But what about the 28th?

Are you someone making history in your community, or do you know someone else who is? Through this Sunday, February 24, you can nominate yourself or a trailblazer you know to be named an AT&T Future Maker by sharing a post with the hashtag #DreamInBlack. It's your last chance to nominate.

The contest winner will be listed alongside celebrities like Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer and Van Jones and have the opportunity to attend the NAACP Image Awards on March 10 in Los Angeles.

And just this week, AT&T announced its commitment to spend $3 billion with black suppliers across the U.S. by 2020.

We've also launched an exclusive emoji sticker set as part of our Black Future Month celebration.

The exclusive stickers are available via download from the iTunes or Google Play store for customers.

It’s just another way AT&T is helping people connect in meaningful ways.

December 21, 2018

AT&T, Communities In Schools Host Students from Woodson HS at AT&T Forum

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AT&T employees in Washington, DC teamed up with Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital to host students from Woodson High School at the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment and Policy.

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The December 21st visit was an exciting combination of career exploration, mentoring, hands on STEM activities and use of the latest virtual reality equipment.  The program is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s initiative that creates connections that drive innovation in education. Together, these connections are helping students and communities across America.

DC Councilmember Robert White joined the students for an inspirational and candid conversation about his own life journey.

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December 14, 2018

Marc Blakeman is AT&T’s New Mid-Atlantic President

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Marc Blakeman is the new president of AT&T’s Mid-Atlantic region.

In this role, Blakeman is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction for AT&T's legislative, regulatory, public policy and philanthropic initiatives in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.  He replaces J. Michael Schweder who retired in November 2018 after 35 years with the company.

Blakeman will report to Marissa Shorenstein, who was recently appointed president of AT&T’s newly created Northern Region. Marissa will continue to oversee the company’s external affairs for all states from Maine to Virginia, including Washington, DC — adding new responsibility for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

“Marc’s prior leadership experience in Illinois and California — combined with his deep commitment to the communities where he has lived and worked — have prepared him well for his new role in an important geography for our company.  I am pleased to have him join the team in the Northern Region and look forward to his leadership in the Mid-Atlantic states as we welcome a new era of innovation and technology to deliver the best service for our customers,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President – AT&T Northern Region.  

From December 2014 until his appointment, Blakeman was Vice President – External Affairs for AT&T California where he unified planning and strategic leadership across the five External Affairs regions in California to ensure a statewide approach to how AT&T manages relationships with external clients and stakeholders, including elected officials and community and civic leaders.

His previous roles at AT&T include serving as regional vice president of External Affairs for AT&T California’s San Francisco/Silicon Valley/Central Coast region. He joined AT&T’s predecessor, Ameritech, in 1997 after serving as Director of Chicago Operations for the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. 

“From the Appalachians to the Atlantic — and from Norfolk, VA, to Newark, NJ — the Mid-Atlantic is a diverse region where AT&T’s roots run deep.  For more than a century, we’ve worked with government, business and civic leaders and organizations across the region to connect their communities to each other and their world. We have a lot to accomplish in a fast-changing world, and I look forward to building on our legacy of innovation and collaboration for years to come,” Blakeman said.

While in San Francisco, Marc served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations including GenesysWorks Bay Area, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, Equality California (EQCA), and San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (SF CITI). 

A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, Marc also received his certification in corporate community relations from the John Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.  A native of downstate Illinois, Marc now resides in Washington, DC.


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We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the best network according to America’s biggest test.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

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October 04, 2018

AT&T Launches 5G Evolution in Washington, D.C.

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team
This Lays the Foundation for Future Mobile 5G Wireless Connectivity Locally

AT&T* is proud to make the best network according to America’s biggest test1 even better by announcing the launch of 5G Evolution network technologies in Washington, D.C. today. This is one of the 239 markets where this technology is live. We plan to offer 5G Evolution in over 400 markets by the end of the year. In the first half of 2019 we plan to offer nationwide coverage, making 5G Evolution available to over 200 million people.

5G Evolution markets are locations where we’ve deployed technologies that enable a peak theoretical speed for capable devices of at least 400 megabits per second.2 With 5G Evolution technologies, AT&T is laying the foundation for our path to mobile 5G. With 5G Evolution residents and businesses of Washington, D.C. will experience the next generation of mobile connectivity.

Check out this blog from Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of device and network experiences, to learn where 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA technologies are available, a list of capable devices and more about how these technologies continue to lay the foundation for mobile 5G.

“AT&T’s 5G Evolution technology boosts the existing LTE network, priming it for the future of connectivity,” said Denis Dunn, AT&T State President for Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. “We’re excited about the upgrades in the District of Columbia and other communities that will enable faster speeds now, and prepare for 5G in the future.”

As mobile data usage continues to rise – an increase of more than 360,000% on our network in the past 7 years – our investment in 5G Evolution is crucial to deliver standards-based mobile 5G networks starting in 2018. We plan to introduce standards-based mobile 5G in 12 cities this year, reaching a total of at least 19 cities in early 2019.

We’ve invested nearly $225 million in the District of Columbia’s wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments bring the latest in connectivity to people across the country and boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. We’ve also improved critical services that support public safety and first responders. In 2017, AT&T made more than 202 wireless network upgrades in the District of Columbia. These include new cell sites, boosting network capacity and new wireless high-speed internet connections.


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1 Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd source studies.

2 Actual speeds are lower and will vary.  See http://about.att.com/sites/broadband/performance for more information on wireless speeds.

*About AT&T Communications

We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.  AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&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. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

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**Coverage not available everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data.

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This news release may contain certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations between the non-GAAP financial measures and the GAAP financial measures are available on the company’s website at https://investors.att.com.

August 17, 2018

AT&T Invests Nearly $225 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Networks in the District of Columbia

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At AT&T[i], we invested more than $225 million in the District of Columbia’s 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.

The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. In 2017, AT&T made greater than 202 wireless network upgrades in the District of Columbia.

“Washington, DC is a global hub for technology and innovation. For the District to maintain this leadership position, sustained investment by the private sector is crucial,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T District of Columbia.  “We’re continually building and enhancing our infrastructure in the District, making business growth possible and assuring that residents, businesses and visitors have the tools to stay connected and entertained.”

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 the District 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 Washington, D.C., 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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[1] AT&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.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward- looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

May 03, 2018

AT&T Debuts New Retail Store Design in Washington, D.C.

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Designed for an Evolution in Connected Entertainment

AT&T debuted a new almost 9,000 square foot entertainment-focused retail store at Gallery Place. The newly designed store helps get your hands on the entertainment content you want anytime, anywhere and on any device.

The new store design reflects the changing ways our customers use their mobile devices for entertainment. In the last year alone, video traffic on our network grew over 75%. In our new store, you can interact with content across many different screens and find the best video, internet and wireless options available from AT&T. We expect this design concept to reach approximately 35 stores this year. 

“At the DC Chamber, our goal is improve the business climate in the District, doing what we can to support existing businesses and attract new ones. Congratulations to AT&T on 10 years in Chinatown. This newly redesigned store is great for your customers – and for our community,” said Vincent Orange, president and CEO of the Washington, DC Chamber of Commerce.

Some key features of the new store format are:

  • Entertainment, everywhere. Our new stores illustrate the intersection of content and connection. We train our reps to show how services, like DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW and products can add value to your connected life.
  • Smartphones and more. We’ve moved the phones off the walls to the center of the store to make it easier to compare and choose what’s best for you. We also have two focus areas to show the most popular brands that have products like AR glasses, tablets or smartwatches that work with your smartphone. We expanded our lineup of accessories, and we’ve made them easier to find.
  • A comfortable experience. We’ve designed these stores for you to have a personal connection with our reps and services. And we know selecting a phone, plan and sometimes adding TV and home broadband to your list takes longer than grabbing a shirt off the rack.  So we added comfortable areas where you and our reps can work together.

The newly designed store at Gallery Place is located at 785 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. The hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

More than $225 million invested by AT&T in its best-in-class wired and wireless networks in the District of Columbia from 2014-2016.

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April 26, 2018

AT&T Employees in Washington, DC Honored for Their Commitment to the Community

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More Than 4,300 AT&T Employees Nationwide Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

It’s National Volunteer Month. And AT&T is celebrating 8 employees in Washington, DC being honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

The PVSA recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism throughout the year. These AT&T employees in Washington, DC are among 4,386 AT&T employees nationwide to receive this honor. They logged a minimum of 100 service hours last year, with many volunteering more than 500 hours.

"AT&T employees are involved in serving their communities across the country, and their commitment is evident across our company,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic. “AT&T congratulates this year’s PVSA award winners and celebrates all our employees who donate their time and talent to help make a positive impact on their community.”

Click here for a full list of all AT&T employee awardees in Washington, DC and nationwide.  

Nationwide, our employees volunteered more than 1.78 million hours of time in community outreach activities during 2017 — worth more than $42 million.* For more information on AT&T’s mentoring and volunteering programs, click here.

For more information on PVSA, visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov. 

*The Value of Volunteer Time, which is updated annually, is made available by Independent Sector. The current Independent Sector rate is $ $24.14 per hour (2016).

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December 15, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Denis Dunn

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From helping seniors in the District of Columbia connect safely, to connecting the U.S. Army, this is what all of us at AT&T do every day. I am so proud of what we have accomplished this year in the District of Columbia, 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,

Denis Dunn
President — AT&T District of Columbia


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Reports released in 2017 from the Pew Internet and American Life project show that while older adults are using devices such as tablet computers and cell phones in increasing numbers, they continue to lag behind the overall adult population.

That’s why FH Faunteroy Enrichment Center and AT&T employees from the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) on Nov. 9 teamed up for a program to help older adults learn how they can use wireless phones and tablets to improve their lives, and to navigate the internet safely and securely.

During the program, local residents learned how to navigate the Internet, recognize scams, keep private information secure, back-up data and more. The District of Columbia’s Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowden also stopped by the event to talk about the importance of keeping District residents of all ages – especially older adults – connected and engaged. And, Tony Dixon, president of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) gave tips on how older adults can avoid being victims of fraud and scams.

“As technology has become more integral to how we live, it is important that our seniors have the skills and tools to access it. Whether it is staying connected with their children and families, or accessing opportunities, partnerships like this one with AT&T will help our seniors successfully navigate a more technologically connected world,” Deputy Mayor Snowden said.

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December 14, 2017

AT&T in the District…Helping those who help our Veterans

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A team of AT&T employees spent a cold December morning in Georgetown. They were not in the neighborhood to enjoy a hot cup of peppermint cocoa at the famous Dog Tag Bakery (which by the way it’s delicious), instead they spent the morning helping package the bakery’s holiday gift boxes.

Dog Tag Bakery’s “unique program helps veterans, their spouses, and caregivers become business ready by giving them the opportunity to earn a certificate in business administration from Georgetown University and gain experience running a small business through our bakery.”

Earlier this year, AT&T held a screening for its original documentary, RESOLUTION, at the AT&T Forum in Washington, D.C. The documentary highlights organizations that focus on empowering people with disabilities. One such organization is Georgetown's own Dog Tag, Inc. Read more here.

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December 13, 2017

Don’t Be One of the 5%

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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 12, 2017

U.S. Army Chooses AT&T for Modernized Global Communications

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U.S. Army Chooses AT&T for Modernized Global Communications

With nearly 1 million users globally, the U.S. Army has chosen AT&T for its latest contract to unify and modernize their communications capabilities.

We’re providing the Army with a new way to think about connectivity. Our services will make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally. These services include voice, video, chat, instant messaging, presence and screen sharing. Army mechanics overseas can share screens with experts at a home station to speed repairs. Commanders and their staffs can use live video links to collaborate across different locations or direct troop operations abroad.

Army personnel in the U.S. and abroad will have access to these services on demand from their desktops, laptops and approved mobile devices. The Army will not need to buy new equipment. The services are cloud-based, and we will manage them. We are also delivering them in classified and highly secure unclassified formats.

The U.S. Army’s modernization efforts align with Department of Defense strategies to maintain the military’s technological advantage through the use of commercial cloud services.

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November 08, 2017

Faunteroy Center, AT&T Team Up to Help Older Adults Stay Connected to Family & Friends

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Digital You

Reports released in 2017 from the Pew Internet and American Life project show that while older adults are using devices such as tablet computers and cell phones in increasing numbers, they continue to lag behind the overall adult population.

That’s why FH Faunteroy Enrichment Center and AT&T employees from the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) on Nov. 9 teamed up for a program to help older adults learn how they can use wireless phones and tablets to improve their lives, and to navigate the internet safely and securely.

During the program, local residents learned how to navigate the Internet, recognize scams, keep private information secure, back-up data and more. The District of Columbia’s Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowden also stopped by the event to talk about the importance of keeping District residents of all ages – especially older adults – connected and engaged. And, Tony Dixon, president of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) gave tips on how older adults can avoid being victims of fraud and scams.

“As technology has become more integral to how we live, it is important that our seniors have the skills and tools to access it. Whether it is staying connected with their children and families, or accessing opportunities, partnerships like this one with AT&T will help our seniors successfully navigate a more technologically connected world,” Deputy Mayor Snowden said.

Tony Dixon from NOBLE added: “Wireless phones, tablets, and related technology give people access to more helpful information than ever before. However, when exploited, such technology can also expose individuals to harmful online scams. Events like the one organized by the Faunteroy Center and AT&T empower people with the tools and information they need to avoid these scams while educating them on how to protect themselves against becoming unwary victims of such crimes.”

According to Vanena Wilmot, Executive Director of FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center, the event was another example of the Center’s commitment to enhancing the lives of older adults in Washington, DC.

LaTara Harris, AT&T’s regional director for External Affairs in Washington, DC, said local employees were on site to help answer residents’ questions about their wireless devices.

“Our employees are involved in our communities in many ways. Events like this one give us a chance to help local residents get the most from their wireless devices and to better connect to each other and their world,” Harris said. “We’re grateful to Deputy Mayor Snowden and Tony Dixon from NOBLE for sharing their important perspectives with the attendees. And, of course, we appreciate the staff at Faunteroy for teaming up with us for this event. It was a great day.”

Harris said the program is part of AT&T’s Digital You initiative, which the company launched to help wireless users of all ages to use their devices safely and responsibly. Learn more at http://digitalyou.att.com/.

The Faunteroy Center seeks to empower the community at a multi-generational level by promoting positive lifestyle changes to enhance their educational achievements, reduce risky behaviors while incorporating healthy practices and principles into their daily lives. Learn more at https://faunteroycenter.org/mission/.

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October 27, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Denis Dunn

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,

Denis Dunn
President — AT&T District of Columbia

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October 26, 2017

Reconnecting and Inspiring

Posted by Denis Dunn

It’s hard to believe that there are less than 3 months left in 2017. We have accomplished so much but, as always, there is more work to be done. Many members in our family, in our states and territories, and in Mexico, have weathered unprecedented natural disasters just weeks apart. I want you to know that we as a company have their backs, just like they have ours. The road to recovery will be long, and we will be with them every step of the way.

Thanks for reading,

Denis Dunn
President — AT&T District of Columbia


AT&T employees lend a hand in the District

  

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As part of AT&T’s Do One Thing initiative, Team Joyce — a group of AT&T mobility employees from the DMV — recently teamed up with graduates of DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program to help prepare and deliver nutritious meals to local D.C. residents in need.

With the help of volunteers, like these AT&T employees, DC Central Kitchen, the nation’s leading community kitchen, is able to prepare and deliver more than 5,000 meals to partner homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, hallway houses and afterschool programs each day.

While Team Joyce was hard at work preparing meals for the day, DCW50 paid a visit and interviewed Ryan Joyce and Aaron Katz from AT&T about their volunteer efforts.

The story ran on DCW News at 10 Thursday night as part of the station’s ‘DCW Heroes’ segment. Watch it here.

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October 25, 2017

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team


relief

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. 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.



Mexicodonation

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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