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October 11, 2018

Let’s join together to help those affected by Hurricane Michael

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team
Text “MICHAEL” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.  

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October 10, 2018

AT&T Launches Severe Weather Channels on DIRECTV and U-verse

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

Dedicated to Coverage of Hurricane Michael

Severe Weather Channels on DIRECTV and U-verse Available Now

AT&T just launched Severe Weather Channels on both DIRECTV (361-2) and U-verse (226 SD/1226 HD) dedicated to coverage of Hurricane Michael. As the storm approaches the Alabama and Florida panhandle coasts, the channels will offer coverage from various local affiliates in the affected areas as well as national news networks.

Severe Weather Mosaic for DIRECTV Customers Also Available

Additionally, DIRECTV customers already also access to the Severe Weather Mix (361-1), a separate channel that features a mosaic of round-the-clock coverage from Weather Channel, Accuweather and various other news sources. Channels appearing on the mix screen are selectable via remote for full screen viewing.

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October 10, 2018

AT&T Promises Relief to Customers Affected by Hurricane Michael

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

Through many natural disasters, AT&T has historically helped lessen the burden on customers so they can take care of what matters most – helping their friends and families through the tough time.

With Hurricane Michael approaching, we plan to waive overage charges on mobile services, giving unlimited talk, text and data for AT&T wireless and AT&T PREPAID customers in affected areas.

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October 09, 2018

Be Prepared for Hurricane Michael

Posted by Bill Leahy

We’re keeping an eye on Hurricane Michael. If Hurricane Michael strikes, we’re ready with one of the largest Natural Disaster Recovery fleets in the industry.

In Georgia, we know first-hand the power and unpredictability of hurricanes. So, as we all keep a close eye on the forecasts, I encourage you to make sure that you and your family are prepared and have a plan to stay safe in the event Michael impacts Georgia. To that end, I have included some Hurricane Preparation tips below. Please continue to follow your preparedness plan until the threat of Hurricane Michael passes and it is once again safe in our communities.

AT&T has started its storm preparedness process as we closely monitor Hurricane Michael’s anticipated track, which is expected to impact Georgia midweek. Preparation includes:

ArrowTopping off fuel generators.

ArrowTesting high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites.

ArrowProtecting physical facilities against flooding with sandbags.

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

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:

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

ArrowEmergency communications vehicles (ECVs).

ArrowFlying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs).

ArrowDrones.

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

ArrowHazmat equipment and supplies.

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

ArrowInternal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts.

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

Please stay safe, and thank you for what you do every day to keep Georgia prepared to meet and beat challenges, like Hurricane Michael.

Sincerely,

Bill Leahy
President — AT&T Georgia

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October 05, 2018

AT&T Launches 5G Evolution in Georgia

Posted by AT&T Georgia 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 more markets across Georgia today.

5G Evolution technology is now live in parts of Liberty, Whitfield, Toombs, Harlson, Savannah and Warren. We previously announced this technology in parts of Atlanta, Chattooga and Dawson. There are now 239 markets nationwide where this technology is live. We plan to double the number of 5G Evolution markets to 440 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 in Georgia 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.

And, 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 a 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.

Additionally, the success of mobile 5G will rely on a quality fiber connection to the wireless towers and small cells, which then translate the fiber connection into an ultra-fast wireless signal for customers. By expanding our 100% fiber network in Georgia, we now offer our ultra-fast internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 850,000 customer locations across the state. Through AT&T Fiber, we’ve built a solid foundation for the future of mobile 5G.

We’ve invested nearly $5.3 billion in our Georgia 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 4,300 wireless network upgrades in Georgia, including the construction and activation of 32 new cell sites. Notable network enhancements in 2017 include more than 2,700 LTE capacity adds to over 2,700 cell sites across Georgia.


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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.
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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 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.

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October 01, 2018

AT&T investing and innovating to enhance broadband access in rural Georgia

Posted by Bill Leahy

With nearly 4.7 million strand miles of fiber optics stretching across our footprint in Georgia, AT&T’s network is delivering the high-speed services that residents and businesses throughout Georgia are demanding. Our commitment to urban and rural communities across the state is clear, and through our combination of wired and wireless services, no one connects more Georgians than AT&T.

Despite the many billions of dollars that AT&T has invested in Georgia over the years (nearly $5.3 billion from 2015 to 2017 alone), we recognize that some work remains to be done to connect rural areas, and we are hard at work every day to close those remaining gaps. To that end, I would like to share exciting progress with Project AirGig, a version of which was first trialed in the U.S. here in rural Georgia, and AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet (FWI).


Project AirGig

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Project AirGig is part of AT&T’s ongoing effort to accelerate internet connections to a gig or more for all communities through both wired and wireless solutions. AirGig technology represents over a decade of research by AT&T Labs and more than 500 patents and patent applications. It also represents a potential new era in connectivity where turbocharged data speeds can be available almost everywhere in the world.

Project AirGig is a first-of-its-kind technology that could one day deliver internet speeds well over 1 gigabit per second via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal, guided by powerlines. We are proud to be on the cusp of a technology that could potentially help solve the digital divide in Georgia and across this country, deploying in many areas not served by high-speed broadband today.

In order to take the next step towards deployment, we have initiated discussions with technology suppliers to start testing and building commercial-grade Project AirGig equipment. We are also exploring another field trial in which we'll focus on aspects of surface-wave systems, which could provide an important ingredient in a future 5G world.


"In today’s digital economy, access to reliable broadband service is key. My colleagues and I are working hard to create an environment that supports private investment and enhanced broadband access for all Georgians,” said Georgia State Senator Steve Gooch. “I applaud AT&T’s continued innovation and investment in new technologies. By using multiple technologies across Georgia, we will close the access gaps that exist in some of our rural communities.”

These are important next steps in what we hope will allow us to scale Project AirGig and bring this technology to many more people and businesses in Georgia and across the country.


AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet

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Additionally, we are excited to provide an update on the availability of AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet in rural and underserved locations in parts of 53 Georgia counties.

"AT&T has a long-history of connecting people with their world and is proud to be on the cusp of a technology that could potentially help solve the digital divide in Georgia and across this country,” stated Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. “We applaud Georgia’s policy-makers who are working hard to maintain an environment that welcomes investment and innovation, and the significant decision to conduct our AirGig trial in Georgia is evidence of that. We appreciate our collaboration with Georgia Power and look forward to yet another way to deliver gigabit internet connections to consumers regardless of the location.”


Our FWI is a cost-effective way to deploy high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in rural and hard to reach locations. This service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of 10Mbps or faster from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customers’ home or business in the FCC-identified census blocks. In Georgia, AT&T plans to reach over 67,000 locations by 2020.

Parts of the following 53 counties in Georgia are now eligible for AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet service: Appling, Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Columbia, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Echols, Elbert, Emanuel, Evans, Franklin, Fulton, Glascock, Grady, Greene, Hancock, Haralson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, McDuffie, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Oconee, Pierce, Pike, Putnam, Sumter, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Twiggs, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Worth.


"We share in AT&T's excitement about what we saw in this Project AirGig trial," said Paul Bowers, CEO, Georgia Power. The potential ability to also use this technology to supplement our own energy operations and controls, such as with remote weather monitoring systems, is exciting. We can see something like AirGig delivering tremendous benefits in helping to solve for the digital divide in Georgia."


AT&T has a long-history of connecting people with their world and is proud to be on the cutting-edge of innovation with Project AirGig and FWI. The thousands of AT&T employees who call Georgia home work hard each and every day to deliver and enhance broadband access in our communities – urban and rural.

It’s an exciting time to work in the communications technology industry. Thank you for what you do every day to make our work in Georgia a success, for our customers and our state.


Sincerely,

Bill Leahy
President — AT&T Georgia

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September 13, 2018

Help people affected by Hurricane Florence

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team
Hurricane Florence Help

Help people affected by Hurricane Florence. Text “FLORENCE” to 90999 to give $10* that enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

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*Donations will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate.
Message and Data Rates May Apply.
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September 13, 2018

Help people affected by Hurricane Florence. Text “FLORENCE” to 90999 to give $10* that enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team
Help people affected by Hurricane Florence. Text “FLORENCE” to 90999 to give $10* that enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

 

*Donations will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate.

Message and Data Rates May Apply.

Text STOP to 90999 to STOP. Text HELP to 90999 for HELP.

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September 10, 2018

AT&T Networks Prepare for Hurricane Florence

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

AT&T* is prepared for Hurricane Florence with an arsenal of disaster response equipment and personnel on standby.

We have started our storm preparedness process as we closely monitor Hurricane Florence as it heads towards the Southeast. Our preparation includes:

  • Topping off fuel generators.
  • Testing high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites.
  • Protecting physical facilities against flooding with sandbags.
  • Staging other emergency response equipment in strategic locations for quick deployment following the storm.

“Customers rely on us, especially during major storms," said Scott Mair, president of Operations, AT&T Technology & Operations.  "We do all we can to have our networks prepared when severe weather strikes. Our people are experienced, constantly perfecting the process and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.”

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:

  • Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs)
  • Emergency communications vehicles (ECVs)
  • Flying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs)
  • Drones
  • A self-sufficient base camp. This is complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and meals ready to eat (MREs).
  • Hazmat equipment and supplies
  • Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning
  • Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts

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*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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September 06, 2018

Georgia 4-H and AT&T Hold Technology Training at the Fannin County Senior Center #GACyberSeniors

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

The technology program enables dedicated students to engage and inform Georgia seniors on the many benefits of digital literacy and helps boost statewide internet adoption rates.

As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to boost internet adoption, AT&T and Georgia 4-H held today a technology class, teaching seniors how to safely navigate the digital world. The statewide program bridges the generations and helps enhance
connections across Georgia.

A study by the Pew Research Center reveals that understanding the relevance of the internet and learning how to use the internet are the two biggest obstacles to adoption.

From 2015 to 2017 alone, AT&T invested nearly $5.3 billion in our wireless and wireline networks in Georgia. As private industry continues to invest to close the remaining connectivity gap in rural areas, a key focus of the statewide technology initiative is on increasing internet adoption.

Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives

To help boost internet adoption rates, the technology program pairs Georgia 4-H student trainers with senior users and uses AT&T’s Digital You curriculum to share how to have a safe and secure online experience. The personal one-on-one training results in benefits to all participants. Seniors enjoy an increased understanding of technology. And, student trainers sharpen invaluable leadership and interpersonal skills, helping prepare them to graduate career and college ready.

“With the support of AT&T and Georgia 4-H, more of Georgia’s seniors are learning firsthand how to use technology to stay healthy and keep in touch with friends and family,” said Speaker David Ralston. “This event benefits everyone involved – our seniors receive beneficial training and the 4-H’ers learn how to share their knowledge with others. I want to thank AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students for their efforts to empower senior citizens in Fannin and Gilmer counties.”

“We continually work to attract and support companies and organizations that are committed to investing across our great state and improving the quality of life for our Georgia residents,” said Senator Steve Gooch. “I applaud Georgia 4-H and AT&T, collaborating to empower Georgia seniors – in rural and urban areas – with the tools they need to stay connected.”

“Our amazing Georgia 4-H students are working directly with seniors to illustrate the importance of digital literacy and safety for all generations,” said Arch Smith, director, Georgia 4-H. “Our Georgia 4-H students are working with seniors on an array of digital tasks –everything from learning how to video chat with friends and family, program security locks and codes to protect devices and personal data, post photos on Facebook and use calendar and reminder apps for things like doctor’s appointments. Georgia 4-H is proud to collaborate with AT&T and excited to launch this training initiative, enhancing support in our communities – urban and rural.”

The Barrow County Center, Elbert County Senior Center, Hart County Senior Center, Jasper County Senior Center, Monroe County Senior Center, Moultrie Senior Center, Paulding County Senior Center and Stephens County Senior Center have hosted the #GACyberSeniors program.

“Technology is no longer something seniors avoid, and #GACyberSeniors aims to help our seniors safely embrace the many benefits of digital literacy,” said Pam Godfrey, site manager of the Fannin County Senior Center. “Improving the digital skills of everyone is key to Georgia’s future, and I applaud engaged leaders like Speaker Ralston and  Senator Gooch and our Georgia 4-H students as they work to ensure the digital transition is effortless for seniors across Georgia.”

“High-speed internet has quickly become a preferred way to access information and communicate,” stated Don Barbour, AT&T Georgia regional director of external and legislative affairs. “We believe that enabling dedicated students to engage and inform Georgia seniors on the many benefits of digital literacy will help boost internet adoption rates and further connect our state.”

Through Digital You, AT&T has collaborated with prominent national organizations such as Common Sense, The OASIS Institute, and AARP to increase digital literacy as well as local organizations across the country to assemble and promote expert online safety information in a number of formats.

For more information on the resources available, check out digitalyou.att.com.

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About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

About Digital You®:
Digital You® is an AT&T campaign to provide tips, tools and information to help consumers get online safely and securely.

Created in collaboration with Common Sense Media and other experts, the Digital You® website and training sessions around the country are resources that provide parents, youth, digital newcomers, people with disabilities and community leaders with information on the devices they use and how to maintain privacy, safety and security in an increasingly connected world.

The website addresses topics such as preventing cyberbullying, managing your online presence and parenting in the digital age.

August 20, 2018

AT&T contribution supports Yes I Can! Scholars program at Thomas University

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

Efforts to keep local students connected to a positive future got a boost as AT&T, a company that has been connecting people for well over a century, contributed $26,000 to help support the Yes I Can! Scholars Program at Thomas University.

Federal and state elected officials, members of the Thomas University Board of Trustees, and other community leaders were on hand when AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs Courtney Brinson presented the $26,000 contribution to Dr. Andy Sheppard, president of Thomas University.

“Youth today face so many challenges and a program such as Yes I Can! will provide life-changing experiences for students,” said Marta Jones Turner, chairman of TU’s Academic Affairs Committee. “Thomas University and AT&T are to be commended for their deep and continuing commitment to offering opportunities that help shape a better future for our students.”

On Friday, Aug. 17, AT&T presented Thomas University with a $26,000 check to help support the Yes I Can! Scholars Program at the TU. The program will help ninth-grade students in Thomas, Grady and Decatur counties, by providing opportunities to help them reach their academic goals and graduate ready to succeed in higher education. Joining in the presentation are (from left) Dr. Dusty Kornegay, TU Trustee; Gary Tucker, TU Trustee; Phillip Davis, TU Trustee; Melanie Martin, TU Director of Pre-College Programs; Darlene Taylor, State Representative; Courtney Brinson, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs; Dr. Andy Sheppard, President of Thomas University; Jody Redding, representing U.S. Sen Johnny Isaakson; Charles White, representing U.S. Sen. David Perdue; Bryant Beadles, TU Trustee; and Terry Rouse, TU Trustee.

Thomas University’s Yes I Can! Scholars Program supports rural ninth-grade students in Thomas, Grady and Decatur counties, providing opportunities to help them reach their academic goals and graduate college ready.

Yes I Can! Scholars Program offers the following services:

  • Assessment: Every YICS will be assessed and offered support in learning about educational options. The Learning And Study Strategies Inventory – High School Version (LASSI-HS) is an assessment tool designed to measure students’ use of learning and study strategies. In addition, students who are not performing on grade level will take and use Moby Max, or a similar program, that identifies learning gaps so students may engage in computerized instruction to enhance skills and become grade or above level in mathematics and reading. Finally, an in-house assessment will be used as a pre/post test to determine next best steps as the students prepare for college.
  • On Campus Power Hour: Scholars who are not performing on grade level or who are at risk of failing math or have literacy issues will receive additional assistance, including an hour per week of study strategies support.
  • Saturday Academy: Once a month, all YIC Scholars will participate in the Saturday Academy, receiving enrichment in math, reading and an “elective” area such as foreign language, coding, STEM, or academic competition.
  • Mentoring: Scholars considered at-risk will be paired with a mentor, who will meet with them on the school’s campus at least twice a month for additional support.
  • Parent Involvement: Parents of Scholars will be invited to participate in Parent University, a 13-week program using the Raising Highly Capable Kids curriculum. Also, once a year, parents will be invited to participate in the Parent Conference, designed to provide information needed to help their child navigate high school.
  • Advisement: The advisor will communicate with Scholars about implementing the Yes I Can! Plan, a personal guide to support successful completion of the 9th grade. 
    End-of-year Celebration: YIC Scholars will participate in a college visit and cultural enrichment tour at the end of the year.

    Assessment: Every YICS will be assessed and offered support in learning about educational options. The Learning And Study Strategies Inventory – High School Version (LASSI-HS) is an assessment tool designed to measure students’ use of learning and study strategies. In addition, students who are not performing on grade level will take and use Moby Max, or a similar program, that identifies learning gaps so students may engage in computerized instruction to enhance skills and become grade or above level in mathematics and reading. Finally, an in-house assessment will be used as a pre/post test to determine next best steps as the students prepare for college.

    “At Thomas University, we are committed to helping all young people, especially those who need us most, reach their full potential,” said Dr. Andy Sheppard, president of Thomas University. “This would not be possible without incredible corporate citizens like AT&T and community leaders, who give so much of their time and energy to support programs that make a life-changing difference for our students – tomorrow’s leaders.”

    “At AT&T, we believe there is no better way to help grow communities and encourage families than by supporting the education of our youth,” stated Brinson. “Young people are our future, and we are convinced that each has the potential to achieve something great. We are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in a program that positions Georgia’s youth for success both now and in the future.”

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    August 07, 2018

    AT&T Invests Nearly $5.3 Billion Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Georgia

    Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

    At AT&T1, we've invested nearly $5.3 billion in our Georgia 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 my time as governor, we have attracted and supported companies that are committed to investing in Georgia and improving the quality of life for our citizens through innovation and expansion," said Governor Nathan Deal. "By helping to deliver broadband to rural classrooms and partnering with the state on FirstNet to help first responders, AT&T continues to invest in Georgia's communities and people. These partnerships and long-term initiatives, including the expansion of AT&T's wireless and wired networks, are critical for Georgia to maintain its distinction as the No. 1 state in which to do business and remain the best place to live, work and raise a family."

    "Governor Deal has created an environment that welcomes this level of investment from AT&T and others in the private sector," said Georgia Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Chris Clark. "But, we must remember that the communications industry is rapidly changing. Georgia must remove barriers to infrastructure deployment – to pave the way for small cell deployment and future technologies such as 5G and AirGig – in order to ensure that our residents and businesses in communities across Georgia enjoy the type connectivity they need, both today and in the future."

    The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. In 2017, AT&T made over 4,300 wireless network upgrades in Georgia, including the construction and activation of 32 new cell sites. Notable Georgia network enhancements in 2017 included more than 2,700 LTE capacity adds to over 2,700 cell sites across Georgia.

    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.

    "Our customers are the reason AT&T exists. And, being a part of enhancing and connecting their lives with new technology and services is why we are here," said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. "The significant investments AT&T is making in Georgia allows our tens of thousands of AT&T employees who call Georgia home to expand our fiber network and bring a host of new, innovative opportunities to keep communities and first responders connected, drive economic growth and spur job creation."

    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 Georgia 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.

    Our internet offerings

    We continue to expand the scope of our ultra-fast internet powered by AT&T Fiber. We now market our ultra-fast internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 850,000 customer locations in the Georgia area.

    We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.1 And AT&T is the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services, creating an unparalleled ability to serve businesses of all sizes.

    We also now market a 1 gigabit connection2 on our 100% fiber network to 9 million locations across 71 major metro areas nationwide.  We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers.

    Additionally, AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet3  for rural and underserved locations is now available to more than 27,000 residents and small businesses in parts of the following 46 Georgia Counties: Appling, Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Echols, Elbert, Emanuel, Evans, Fulton, Grady, Greene, Hancock, Haralson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, McDuffie, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Pierce, Pike, Sumter, Thomas, Toombs, Twiggs, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Worth.

    Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer's home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed Internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.

    The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T's network using AT&T fiber optics.  AT&T has nearly 4.7 million strand miles of AT&T fiber optics covering Georgia, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Georgia businesses and residents need.

    To learn more about our coverage in Georgia, 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 publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint.

    3 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.

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    August 01, 2018

    Georgia School Zones Made Safer with Internet of Things Technology Ahead of the New School Year

    Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

    Applied Information and AT&T will make school zones safer and more reliable for school children across the state with smart IoT beacon technology

    The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) installs technology from Applied Information to improve road safety in school zones across the state with the company’s smart beacon product, powered by AT&T connectivity. Georgia is the first state to deploy Applied Information’s IoT technology for school districts statewide.

    The unique program connects school zone beacons - those flashing signs that are intended to slow drivers down as they pass by a school - to the Internet of Things (IoT) to make them more reliable and more responsive in the event of a change of schedule caused by inclement weather, biannual time changes, holidays or other disruptions.

    The Glance™ School Zone Beacon System was developed by Applied Information, in collaboration with AT&T for secure wireless connectivity and Temple, Inc. for installation and maintenance. The technology is being installed at more than 300 schools in 118 Georgia Counties in time for the first bell of the 2018 school year.

    Each smart beacon has its own cellular modem to handle all communication, enabling traffic engineers using their smartphone or tablet to determine if the beacons are operating correctly and, if necessary, instantly alert the appropriate resources in the event of lamp or battery failures. AT&T’s 4G/LTE mobile network will power the smart beacons and AT&T’s IoT platform, AT&T Control Center, will be used to manage the solution on the backend.

    “Making school zone beacons smarter is a perfect example of how we can use connected technology to improve safety on our roadways,” said Bryan Mulligan, President of Applied Information, Inc. “GDOT is to be commended for taking the lead to improve safety around school zones on such a large scale and in such a short amount of time to be prepared for the new school year.”

    “Mobile technology is becoming more integrated into existing traffic equipment to help make school zones safer for school children and drivers,” said Mike Zeto, Vice President of AT&T IoT Solutions and General Manager of Smart Cities. “Our initiative with Applied Information is a great example of our growing effort in public safety to help cities become safer and more connected to their citizens.”

    The Applied Information and AT&T collaboration provides a complete suite of Glance™ Smart Cities connected transportation technologies including emergency vehicle traffic signal preemption, bus rapid transit signal priority, connected crosswalks, smart school zone beacons, connected traffic calming device and the TravelSafely™ smartphone app.

    About Applied Information

    Applied Information is the industry-leading developer of Smart Cities, connected, intelligent transportation system (ITS) solutions designed to save lives, improve traffic, drive commerce and help the environment. Applied Information’s Glance Smart City Supervisory platform enables cities to manage all their traffic and ITS assets on one web-based application. Key product areas are traffic signals, school flashers, emergency vehicle preemption, transit and freight priority and ITS systems. AI’s TravelSafely™ smartphone app connects drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and the transportation infrastructure for

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    August 01, 2018

    AT&T Contribution Provides Technology Support for the CSRA Alliance and Richmond County School System

    Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

    AUGUSTA, Georgia – Efforts to keep local students connected to a positive future got a boost as AT&T, which has been connecting people for well over a century, contributed $35,000 to the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon in partnership with the Richmond County School System (RCSS). AT&T’s contribution will be used to provide technology and support to the CyberPatriot teams at TW Josey High School, Lucy C. Laney High School, and the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School (RCTCM).

    CyberPatriot is a national program designed to teach cyber techniques and skills to high school and middle school students. The Alliance for Fort Gordon will monitor and manage fund distribution to ensure compliance.

    "As the cybersecurity industry continues to grow, we are committed to developing our students’ skills in this field, ensuring they enter the 21st century workforce prepared," said Dr. Angela Pringle, Superintendent of Schools. "We are grateful for our partnership with the CSRA Alliance and corporate citizens like AT&T, who support programs that make a life-changing difference for our youth."

    "These students are Augusta’s future, our future, and we must invest in their education and development if we want to see continued economic success and job growth throughout this area," said Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. "The CyberPatriot program is of utmost importance for preparing our students to graduate 21st century ready and enhancing our world-class cyber workforce in Augusta."

    The CyberPatriot program was created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

    In 2017, the Fort Gordon Cyber District was home to 8 teams. This year, through the Alliance’s efforts generating awareness and promoting this program, the Fort Gordon Cyber District is home to over 80 teams – approximately 60 percent of the total CyberPatriot teams in Georgia. AT&T’s contribution will allow even more teams to have the equipment needed to compete at the local, state, and national levels.

    "The rapid growth of the Cyber Patriot program in the Richmond County School System is an important tool for developing future Cyber leaders and IT professionals," said Georgia State Representative Wayne Howard. "And, our State’s recent Cyber investments in Augusta and AT&T’s contribution will allow us to continue building the needed pipeline from our public high schools and broadening the reach of the program to more and more deserving students in Richmond County."

    "At AT&T, we are committed to helping people connect with their world and opportunities that make life more fulfilling," stated Stan Shepherd, AT&T Georgia Regional Manager of External Affairs. "As the cybersecurity industry continues to grow in Augusta and beyond, we are proud to support the CSRA Alliance and the Richmond County School System and their work to positively impact our community and state by helping prepare our youth with skills needed to graduate college and 21st century career ready."

    The Alliance for Fort Gordon serves as the catalyst to build a world-class cyber workforce with superior cyber capabilities for the region and the state of Georgia. These efforts will bring awareness, stimulate investment, and allow capitalization on the opportunities that will ensure transformational change in our region. By 2020, the Fort Gordon Cyber District will be a nationally recognized destination for cyber work, life, and play.

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    July 30, 2018

    The Way Georgia Communicates is Changing

    Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

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    July 30, 2018

    AT&T Launches Project AirGig Trials to Bring Ultra-Fast Internet Over Powerlines Closer to Reality

    Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

    AT&T Launches Project AirGig Trials to Bring Ultra-Fast Internet Over Powerlines Closer to Reality

    Recently Launched U.S. and International Trials Could Pave the Way for Gigabit Internet Wherever There are Powerlines

    DALLAS, December 13, 2017 — AT&T* launched an international trial of its unique Project AirGig technology and has also just launched a second trial in the U.S. in Georgia.

    AirGig is a first-of-its-kind system. It could one day deliver internet speeds well over 1 gigabit per second via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal guided by powerlines. We hope that one day there will be no need to build new towers or bury new cables in locations close to aerial power lines. Instead, using AirGig patented technology, we would install devices to provide high speed broadband which can be clamped on by trained electrical workers in just a few minutes.

    AirGig technology embodies over a decade of research by AT&T Labs and more than 300 patents and patent applications. It also represents a potential new era in connectivity where turbocharged data speeds can be available almost everywhere in the world.

    “Project AirGig is part of our ongoing effort to accelerate internet connections to a gig or more through both wired and wireless solutions,” said Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer. “But it also stands alone as a radically innovative solution to bridge the global digital divide. If these trials and our continued research and development turn out the way we intend, we’ll take a big step toward bringing hyper-fast connectivity to people everywhere.”

    There are two trials in the current phase of the project.

    The first trial started earlier this fall and is with an electricity provider outside the U.S. The second trial recently kicked off in Georgia with Georgia Power. While this trial is located in a rural area, AirGig could be deployed in many areas not served by high speed broadband today – rural, suburban, or urban.

    “In October, for a remarkable fifth time in a row, Georgia was named the best state in the nation in which to do business, highlighting an environment that helps ensure companies continue to invest and innovate in our great state. AT&T’s decision to trial Project AirGig in Georgia with Georgia Power is a tribute to that,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Project AirGig offers transformational possibilities to bring gigabit internet connections to residents and businesses everywhere. It’s exciting that the first trial in the nation is being conducted in Georgia, with AT&T’s innovation helping keep us at the forefront of the technology sector.”

    “Georgia Power continuously utilizes technology research and collaborates with companies like AT&T in order to introduce new products and services that help meet the changing needs of our customers,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “Expanding access to high speed internet is an important initiative that provides value for our all of our customers and helps us remain a competitive state in which to do business.”

    “AT&T has a long-history of connecting people with their world and is proud to be on the cutting-edge of innovation, now with Project AirGig trials,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. “Governor Deal and legislative leadership have worked hard to create an environment that welcomes private investment and innovation, and the significant decision to conduct our national AirGig trial in Georgia is evidence of that. We appreciate our collaboration with Georgia Power and look forward to yet another way to deliver gigabit internet connections to consumers.”

    As we learn from these trials and continue to develop this technology, we’ll look at expanding more advanced technology trials in other locations.

    While there’s no timeline yet for commercial deployment, we’re encouraged and excited by what we’ve seen so far. Innovation is never a straight path. But, these trials point the way forward to a potential future where the benefits of ultra-fast internet are available to almost everyone.

    *About AT&T
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    July 30, 2018

    AT&T Announces Georgia Sheriffs Association as Winner of Georgia First Responders It Can Wait Video Competition

    Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

    AT&T Announces Georgia Sheriffs Association as Winner of Georgia First Responders It Can Wait Video Competition

    Brings Virtual Reality Simulator to Georgia House Study Committee on Distracted Driving

    WARNER ROBINS, GA, September 25, 2017 — The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, the Georgia Sheriffs Association, the Georgia House Study Committee on Distracted Driving and Georgia Central Technical College join the AT&T* It Can Wait campaign to talk about the dangers of smartphone distracted driving.

    Research shows that 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving.** People are doing much more than texting from behind the wheel.

    In 2010, AT&T launched the It Can Wait campaign to educate drivers about the risks and dangers inherent in smartphone distracted driving. The It Can Wait campaign shares a simple message: distracted driving is never OK. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. It has now expanded to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.

    Nobody knows the importance of driving without distraction better than heroic first responders. As part of the AT&T Georgia First Responders It Can Wait Video Competition, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs and the Georgia Sheriffs Association lent their voices to the It Can Wait campaign. AT&T has awarded $5,000 to each participating first responder organization and, today, awarded an additional $15,000 to the Georgia Sheriffs Association, whose ICW video received the most retweets over the course of the competition.

    “In addition to increasing awareness on the dangers of distracted driving, we must recognize and support our heroic first responder community that witnesses the consequences of distracted driving firsthand,” said Representative John Carson, Chairman of the Georgia House Study Committee on Distracted Driving. “I am proud to co-chair the Georgia First Responders It Can Wait video competition and applaud AT&T on their efforts to promote public awareness of the risks of distracted driving.”

    To drive home the It Can Wait message, AT&T brought a virtual reality simulator to the Georgia House Study Committee on Distracted Driving. Georgia State Legislators and Georgia Central Technical College administration, faculty and students experienced firsthand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone.

    “Driving with any distraction presents a danger to every motorist on the road. Whether a driver is texting, tweeting, taking a selfie or video, Georgia Sheriffs know all too well the likely outcome,” said Ron Freeman, Sheriff of Forsyth County. “That’s why we are grateful for our collaboration with AT&T and their It Can Wait campaign. We all know distracted driving is dangerous, and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Sheriff’s Association are committed to keeping Georgia’s roadways safe and raising awareness on the dangers of distracted driving. Let’s follow AT&T’s example and remember, it can wait.”

    “Distracted driving is an increasingly concerning problem with 70% of people admitting to engaging in smartphone activities while behind the wheel,” said Senator Tyler Harper, Chairman of the Georgia Senate Public Safety Committee. “I encourage all drivers to join in the movement against distracted driving and applaud AT&T’s efforts to keep drivers’ eyes on the road, not on their phones.”

    “Our goal is to share and reinforce this simple message - keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone,” said Terry Smith, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs. “AT&T is using our It Can Wait simulator and the Georgia First Responders ICW Video campaign to help educate in an effort to change behavior and make our Georgia roadways safer.”

    People can also use their own smartphone to view the 360° experience at home.

    To learn more, visit ItCanWait.com.

    * 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.

    **Research commissioned by AT&T and conducted by Braun Research. Polled 2,067 people in the U.S. aged 16-65 who use their smartphone and drive at least once a day. Additional information available here.

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

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    July 30, 2018

    What is FirstNet?

    Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

    The First-Ever High-Speed Nationwide Wireless Broadband Network Dedicated to First Responders

    Founding and Mission

    The FirstNet network grew out of and addresses a 9/11 Commission recommendation calling for interoperable communications for all U.S. first responders. FirstNet is an independent government authority established in 2012 by Congress.

    FirstNet’s public safety mission is to build and deploy the first-ever high-speed nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to first responders.

    The FirstNet and AT&T Public-Private Partnership

    FirstNet and AT&T announced their public-private partnership on March 30, 2017, and are bringing their resources and expertise together for the benefit of public safety.

    FirstNet brings its relationships with states, territories, tribes, federal agencies, and public safety and deep public safety expertise to this partnership, as well as 20 MHz of spectrum (Band 14) and $6.5 billion in initial funding for the network.

    AT&T is making a significant investment in public safety: $40 billion over the 25-year life of the contract.

    Instead of conducting a “greenfield” build of the Network, this public-private partnership will utilize AT&T’s national footprint and commercial resources – including a $180 billion infrastructure. This will help deliver specialized features, in an efficient manner to public safety.

    Why AT&T and FirstNet?

    With the FirstNet network, first responders will have access to fast, highly secure and reliable communications whenever they need them. This will help first responders stay safe while they help others during both day-to-day operations and disaster response and recovery, and when managing large events.

    Through this new public-private partnership with FirstNet, AT&T will deliver a dedicated, interoperable network and ecosystem that will give first responders the technology they need to better communicate and collaborate across agencies and jurisdictions – local, tribal, state and national.

    One of the key benefits of the FirstNet Service will be the availability of quality of service and priority for data services a er a governor opts in. These features will be made available over the entire AT&T network (AT&T LTE bands) at no additional charge to primary users of AT&T’s FirstNet services.

    Preemption (for opt-in states) is anticipated on all AT&T LTE bands by the end of 2017. The feature will provide primary users with access to the Network when the need arises without competition from commercial customers. Preemption will be available on Band 14 when that spectrum is deployed.

    This network will provide public safety, for the first time, with a dedicated help desk specifically for them – 24/7, 365, just like their mission.

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    June 27, 2018

    AT&T Expands Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds in Atlanta Area

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    AT&T Fiber Now Available to 750,000 Metro Atlanta Area Homes, Apartments and Small Business Locations

    Available in Parts of 33 Cities and Counties, Including 42 Neighborhoods with More Underway

    Atlanta, June 26, 2018 — To continue to improve how our customers connect, AT&T* is accelerating investment to expand and enhance its 100% fiber network powered by AT&T Fiber. Ultra-fast internet speeds are now available to more than 750,000 locations across the Atlanta area, including in parts of more than 33 cities and counties and 42 neighborhoods. We plan to continue to expand in the Atlanta area, reaching at least an additional 10 neighborhoods by the end of 2018.

    Parts of the following cities and counties in the Metro Atlanta area are eligible for our fastest internet service from AT&T, including but not limited to: Acworth, Alpharetta, Athens, Atlanta, Brookhaven, Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, College Park, Covington, Decatur, DeKalb County, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Forest Park, Forsyth County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Hapeville, Henry County, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, McDonough, Milton, Newnan, Paulding County, Peachtree Corners, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, and Suwanee.

    Parts of the following neighborhoods in the Atlanta area are currently eligible for our fastest internet service from AT&T, including but not limited to: Adams Park, Ansley Park, Ashview Heights, Avondale Estates, Cabbagetown, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Carroll Heights, Cascade Avenue, Chastain Park, Collier Heights, Collier Hills, East Atlanta, East Lake, Edgewood, Fairburn Heights, Garden Hills, Grant Park, High Point, Inman Park, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Lindridge - Martin Manor, Mechanicsville, Midtown, Morningside - Lenox Park, Mozley Park, North Buckhead, Ormewood Park, Peachtree Heights West, Peoplestown, Reynoldstown, South Tuxedo Park, Summerhill, Sweet Auburn, Sylvan Hills, Venetian Hills, Virginia Highland, Washington Park, West End, West View, and Wildwood.

    Some of the additional area neighborhoods where we plan to make AT&T Fiber service available by the end of the year include: Audubon Forest West, Atlantic Station, Cascade Heights, Home Park, Lake Claire, Monroe Heights, Old Fourth Ward, Underwood Hills, West Lake, and many more.

    “AT&T is proud of our extensive fiber footprint in Atlanta, which is just part of our decades-long history of commitment to Atlanta. Through access to ultra-fast internet, residents and businesses are better positioned to grow, innovate and ensure our city is positioned for success,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. “The significant investments we’re making in Atlanta allow our thousands of local AT&T employees to continue their legacy of helping drive opportunity in their hometown.”

    Communities in Georgia are among the 9 million locations across 70 metros nationwide where our ultra-fast internet service is currently available. We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019.

    Residents looking for more information on speeds and availability can click here. Businesses interested in AT&T Business Fiber can learn more at att.com/businessfiber. For more information on AT&T Fiber for residential customers, visit att.com/getfiber.

    AT&T in Georgia:

    AT&T invested more than $5 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Georgia between 2014 through 2016 and has more than 4 million strand miles of fiber optics stretching across our footprint in Georgia. This drives upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

    AT&T is the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services nationwide. Across Georgia, AT&T covers more than 106,000 business customer locations with high-speed internet services.

    1Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.

    2Initial availability limited to select areas. May not be available in your area. Go to  https://www.att.com/internet/ to see if you qualify.

    3After 12 months, price moves to standard rate of $90/mo.

    4Speed/Time examples are estimates.

    Cautionary Language Regarding 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 Inc.'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.

    *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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    June 08, 2018

    Without the ability to deploy the latest in wireless broadband infrastructure, we put at risk Georgia’s ability to effectively compete in a digital economy

    Posted by Bill Leahy

    When we began the year, 14 states had enacted wireless broadband small cell legislation. With the Governor’s signature of legislation in Missouri last week, we are now up to 20 states. Unfortunately, Georgia is not one of them.

    Our state is currently a very difficult place to deploy small cells. While a handful of local jurisdictions have been receptive, many cities and counties have adopted burdensome processes and unreasonable fees that are delaying, and in some cases effectively prohibiting, the deployment of small cells. Because Georgia has 159 counties and 538 cities, the need for reasonable, statewide standards is evident.

    Ongoing advancements in wireless broadband technologies are necessary to keep pace with consumer demand and are crucial to our state’s continued economic success. Without the ability to deploy the latest in wireless broadband infrastructure, we put at risk our ability to effectively compete in a digital economy.

    In fact, the Lost Economy study estimates over the next 7 years wireless providers will invest $8.74 billion in our Georgia economy, helping drive $39.4 billion in consumer benefits statewide and generating $5.3 billion in employment earnings while adding 16,000 jobs in Georgia per year. Without a predictable environment for wireless providers to deploy next generation broadband infrastructure, this estimate cannot become a reality and these economic benefits cannot be realized.

    To maintain our reputation as the number one state in the nation to do business, we must constantly work to ensure Georgia welcomes continued growth and strives for future success. Bringing the many benefits of wireless broadband technologies to Georgians will help our state remain at the forefront of the technology sector. Today, we risk falling behind our neighbors in North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, as well as the 17 other states that have already passed wireless broadband small cell legislation.

    Georgia policy-makers and elected leaders have worked hard over the years to create an environment that welcomes business investment. Let’s don’t stop now.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Leahy
    President — AT&T Georgia

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    Since January 2007, the amount of data used on AT&T’s network alone increased by more than 360,000%. As Georgians continue to increasingly rely on wireless devices as their primary way to stay connected, data usage will only continue to rise. To address this growth, wireless providers can use wireless broadband small cells to enhance consumer experiences by addressing capacity – or coverage issues – and prepare for future technologies like 5G and AirGig.

    The size and flexibility of wireless broadband small cells help us target areas in a way that is low profile since they can be attached to existing utility poles, light poles or traffic signals.

    To learn more about the issue, please visit Connect Georgia Today.

    Small cells:

    ArrowIncrease wireless internet speeds;
    ArrowProvide more network capacity and enhance coverage in hard to reach areas;
    ArrowLay the foundation for the next evolution of wireless technologies, like 5G and smart cities, offering more cost-effective ways to deliver gigabit connections across Georgia; and,
    ArrowImprove customer experiences in places where large towers aren’t the best solution.