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August 09, 2019

AT&T Kicks Off “Believe DC” with a Day of Service

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

Believe DC

Employee volunteer-driven effort designed to help local youth and area homeless

AT&T employees in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area are coming together to help address critical community issues including homelessness, hunger and helping underserved youth secure necessary skills for a successful future. The outreach is part of a new program called Believe DCSM — an extension of the AT&T BelievesSM initiative.

Believe DC includes support for a number of local organizations, all identified by local AT&T employees.  The program began August 9 with a volunteer effort in coordination with four community groups:

  • United Community: Volunteers helped clean up and beautify United Community's Early Learning Center playground. Tasks included: building new sandboxes; weeding and cleaning the garden; painting garden fences; and repairing playground equipment and picnic tables.
  • S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat): AT&T volunteers served lunch at S.O.M.E.’s Dining Room to the homeless and underserved.
  • Together We Bake (TWB): This organization provides comprehensive workforce training and personal development programs for women in need of a second chance. Volunteers helped prepare and/or package freshly baked goods while learning more about TWB’s programs.
  • Genesys Works: In a collaborative effort with Genesys Works, an organization that provides students with professional skills, AT&T volunteers coached teens on presentation skills and business dining etiquette during a working luncheon.

“Our employees are enthusiastic when it comes to giving back. They regularly give their time, talent and resources to help their neighbors who need it. Through Believe DC, we’re investing in the communities where we work and live, here in the District and Metro Area,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Washington, D.C.

Dunn said the company is combining the commitment, compassion and altruistic energy of AT&T employees in the D.C. Metro Area with company resources and support to make a positive impact in the lives of the residents of the region.

"We applaud the efforts of AT&T to create sustainable partnerships with local organizations to address critical issues facing our community and are pleased to have the Mayor's vision for a fair shot for all District residents personified in such a collective way,” said Ayris T. Scales, Executive Director, Serve DC, The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships.

AT&T Believes initiatives have been launched in several cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Arkansas, Bay Area, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Lebanon (Virginia), WV, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, and Trenton with more expected in 2019.  Learn more at www.attbelieves.com.


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August 05, 2019

This summer, we’re keeping communities connected

Posted by Denis Dunn

Dear Friend,

It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer is flying by. In this edition, you can learn more about how we’re investing in our network to help you stay connected to your world. 

We’re also supporting initiatives that advocate for diversity and inclusion within our industry. As a part of our Dream in Black program, we were a title sponsor of the Essence Festival. And, as a part of Pride Month, we’ve unveiled a slew of LGBTQ+ initiatives. 

Our entire business relies on connections. As part of that, we remain committed to empowering the communities that need it most, and we look forward to the connections to come.

As always, I welcome your feedback.

Regards, 

Denis Dunn
President — AT&T District of Columbia

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August 04, 2019

AT&T Invests More Than $625 million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in the Washington Metropolitan Area

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

At AT&T1, we invested more than $625 million in our Washington Metropolitan Area wireless and wired 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.

This investment has helped AT&T become the fastest wireless network in Washington D.C., and the nation, according to the second quarter 2019 results from tests taken with Speedtest® and analyzed by Ookla®. 2

In 2018, AT&T made wireless network upgrades throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area, including new cell sites, boosting network capacity and new wireless high-speed internet connections. 

AT&T’s investment is essential to realizing the vision of the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s recently announced Greater Washington Smart Region Movement, according to Jack McDougle, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

“Our mission is to be the nation’s leading digitally enabled region,” said McDougle. “We will meet this mission through the commitment of our regional leaders, collaboration among the public and private sectors, and investments by AT&T and other companies to strengthen and expand our mobile broadband infrastructure.” 

“We're investing in this region to enhance coverage for our customers and FirstNet subscribers – and to help this region continue to compete and grow,” said Marc Blakeman, president, AT&T-Mid Atlantic.

Blakeman added that AT&T is committed to working with state and local officials to develop policies that help speed up the installation of equipment called small cells.

Virginia’s state leaders passed a measure that encourages companies to invest more in this wireless infrastructure, so AT&T is speeding our small cells build out plans in the Commonwealth. Also, recently adopted DC Department of Transportation guidelines have cleared the way to install small cells.  AT&T’s investment in this technology will further enhance local networks to meet growing demand for mobile broadband and serve as the foundation for services like 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and more.

The AT&T LTE network covers more than 400 million people in North America. Notable Washington Metropolitan Area network enhancements in 2018 included: A new site near 14th street and T St. in Washington, DC; a new site near Arena Drive and Lottsford Lane in Prince Georges County; a new site near Citadel Ave and Old Georgetown Road in Rockville MD; and a new site near Blantyre Rd and Rt 66 in Fauquier VA, among other investments.

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 the Washington Metropolitan Area we continue to extend the reach and increase the capacity of the FirstNet communications platform:

  • We deployed Band 14 spectrum in more than 600 markets nationwide, including the Washington Metropolitan Area.   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.
  • We launched new FirstNet sites in Prince George’s County, Md., Washington, DC, and Fairfax County, Va.
  • Washington Metropolitan Area 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 the Washington Metro Area or anywhere in the U.S., go to the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please go to 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.

2 Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds for Q2 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.

Based 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.

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.

August 03, 2019

Storm season ahead: Stay prepared

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia 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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August 02, 2019

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

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia 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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August 01, 2019

Turn Up the Love all year long

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia 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 09, 2019

AT&T Invests More than $175 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Washington, DC

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

At AT&T1, we invested more than $175 million in our wireless and wired networks in Washington, DC, 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 137 wireless network upgrades in the District. This includes new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.

“We’re investing in our network to make business growth possible; keep the District competitive; support public safety; and provide our residents and visitors with the tools to stay connected and entertained,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T District of Columbia.

Dunn added that recently adopted DC Department of Transportation guidelines have cleared the way to invest in technology called small cells.  AT&T’s investment in this technology will further enhance local networks to meet growing demand for mobile broadband and serve as the foundation for services like 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and more. 

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 the District, 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 Washington, DC.  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.
  • The District’s 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 the District, 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.

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.

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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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 fastest wireless network.** And according to America’s biggest test, we have the nation’s best wireless network.*** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and WatchTV, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve nearly 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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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

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

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.”


Read more here.

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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

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

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

Posted by AT&T Mid Atlantic Region

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

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

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.

AT&T Forum Event

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

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

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

Posted by AT&T District of Columbia Team

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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May 03, 2018

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

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

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

Posted by AT&T Washington, DC Team

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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