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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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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation's largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. More than 3 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions. 

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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation's largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. More than 3 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions. 

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August 01, 2018

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

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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

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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

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July 30, 2018

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

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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
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation’s best data network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.

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**Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q2 + Q3 2017 across 121 markets.

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July 30, 2018

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

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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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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.* And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

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July 30, 2018

What is FirstNet?

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

For more information, contact:
Name: Lance Skelly
AT&T Corporate Communications
Phone: 404-775-5050
Email: Lance.Skelly@att.com

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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.

May 30, 2018

AT&T Teams with MARTA and InSite Wireless to Bring Riders Faster Speeds, Better Wireless Coverage

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

Through a collaboration between MARTA, AT&T and InSite Wireless, MARTA train commuters will soon have access to faster mobile wireless speeds and better connections during their daily commutes.  

AT&T is the first carrier to launch service on MARTA’s new Distributed Antenna System (DAS), a system designed, built, and operated by InSite Wireless to bring cell coverage to subterranean rail stations and tunnels. Work is already underway on the North/South transit line stations and InSite Wireless expects to complete the entire project by the end of 2018. Once complete, the service footprint will include:

  • 15 stations;
  • 11 miles of tunnels;
  • 170 remote amplifier locations;
  • more than 390 antennas; and,
  • over 100,000 feet of fiber hidden throughout the underground stations and tunnels.

As a neutral-host system, the MARTA DAS is open to other wireless carriers to join.  

As you may recall, AT&T also collaborated recently with MARTA following the I-85 bridge collapse by opening to MARTA customers 750 parking spaces at AT&T facilities to encourage and enhance regional transit usage.

Please see below press release with more info on this new partnership.


AT&T TEAMS WITH MARTA AND INSITE WIRELESS TO BRING RIDERS FASTER SPEEDS, BETTER WIRELESS COVERAGE

ATLANTA, May 30, 2018 — Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) riders now have access to faster mobile wireless speeds and better connections thanks to a new agreement between AT&T* and InSite Wireless Group, LLC (InSite Wireless).

AT&T is the first carrier to launch service on MARTA’s new Distributed Antenna System (DAS), a system designed, built, and operated by InSite Wireless to bring cell coverage to subterranean rail stations and tunnels. AT&T customers can now effortlessly tweet, snap, text and surf the web on their devices while riding the train in DAS-served areas.

“We’re excited to be working with InSite Wireless and AT&T to enhance our service offering,” said MARTA Deputy General Manager Rob Troup. “By using the latest technology to deliver the best possible connectivity, we can deliver a safer, more pleasurable rider experience.”

A DAS system uses many small antennas to distribute and boost capacity, which ultimately means customers on participating carriers enjoy a faster and more reliable experience while streaming video, using HD Voice and even video calling. 

Project overview and progress

Currently, three rail stations—including Five Points, Peachtree Center and Dome/GWCC, as well as the tunnels connecting them-- are either completed or currently in service providing access for riders with AT&T service. In the coming months, additional stations and connecting tunnels are expected to be live, including Vine City, Ashby and Decatur. 

Work is underway on the North/South transit line stations and InSite Wireless expects to complete the entire project by the end of 2018. Once complete, the service footprint will include 15 stations, 11 miles of tunnels, 170 remote amplifier locations, more than 390 antennas and over 100,000 feet of fiber hidden throughout the underground stations and tunnels. As a neutral-host system, the MARTA DAS is open to other wireless carriers to join.  

“AT&T is proud of our collaboration with InSite Wireless and MARTA, which will provide enhanced wireless experiences for Atlanta residents and visitors as they travel our great city,” said AT&T Southeast president Bill Leahy. “When public and private sectors unite, working together for a common goal, these dynamic partnerships can create an environment that fosters investment and innovation, allowing our thousands of AT&T Atlanta employees to help be part of the solution to drive economic growth and mobility in their hometown.” 

AT&T invested more than $2.8 billion in its Metro Atlanta wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. 

MARTA’s new DAS is the latest for InSite Wireless, which also operates systems in venues including, office buildings, airports, sports stadiums and transit systems across the U.S.   

“We are excited not only about the opportunity to partner with MARTA on this project, but also about giving the riders a better-quality experience,” said Todd Weller, SVP of Sales, InSite Wireless. “We’re pleased to have AT&T on board. And we look forward to other carriers joining.” 

About InSite Wireless Group
InSite Wireless Group, LLC’s headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. It has been in business since 1999 and develops, owns and operates communications wireless infrastructure facilities primarily for the wireless and broadcast industries. InSite’s distributed antenna system (DAS) and small cell division currently operates more than 30 major projects and venues across the United States in convention centers, casinos, hotels, office buildings, airports, sports stadiums, and transit systems. InSite has successfully built and in the c operates the DAS serving 40 underground stations and over 22.5 miles of underground tunnels in the Boston MBTA, and is completing the final phase of DAS construction in the Los Angeles Metro System. InSite's tower division develops, manages, owns, and operates more than 1,850 telecommunications towers and sites for wireless carriers across the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and Australia. For more information on InSite, go to www.insitewireless.com. 

About MARTA
Established in 1971 as a bus system, MARTA has grown to become the eighth largest multi-model transit agency in the United States providing more than 430,000 daily passenger trips. By advocating and providing safe, transportation services that advance prosperity, connectivity and equity for a more livable region, MARTA is a critical part of the regional and state economy contributing an estimated $2.6 billion in economic activity annually. To find out more, visit www.itsmarta.com.

*About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. More than 3 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.   

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. 

© 2018 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. 

**Coverage not avail. everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on 3rd party data. 

For more information, contact:             
Lance M. Skelly
AT&T Corporate Communications
Phone: 404-775-5050
Email: lance.skelly@att.com

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May 29, 2018

AT&T Disaster Response Program Keeps Customers Connected During Hurricane Season

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

AT&T* is committed to keeping its customers connected during the upcoming hurricane season. And we’re prepared with a fleet of equipment that can be quickly deployed before, during and after any storm.

“Staying connected during severe weather events is critical,” said Scott Mair, president of Operations, AT&T Technology & Operations. “In the last year alone, we responded to 3 major storms and countless other natural disasters. Our people are experienced, constantly perfecting the process and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.”

How we prepare our network:

  • Boosting capacity to accommodate increased call volume.
  • Testing the high-capacity backup batteries located at cell sites.
  • Staging extended battery life and portable generators and maintaining existing fixed generators.
  • Topping off generators with fuel at cell sites and switching facilities.
  • Staging generators in safe locations for immediate deployment once a storm has passed.

Response equipment we use in the wake of an event:

  • 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. It’s 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.

Our team has spent more than 145,000 hours in the field over the last 25 years. AT&T has invested more than $650 million in its Network Disaster Recovery program (NDR), making it one of the nation’s largest and most advanced programs. We’ve proven time and time again that we are ready and prepared to restore and maintain service if disaster strikes.

Plus, we have new deployables to support first responders as part of our public-private partnership to deliver FirstNet’s nationwide public safety broadband network.

As we prepare, so should you.

Consumers and businesses should have a plan in place. When preparing for an evacuation or shelter-in-place, remember the following.

Customer Tips:

  • Save your smartphone’s battery life. In case of a power outage, extend your device’s battery life by putting it in power-save mode, turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, deleting apps or putting your phone in Airplane Mode. This may prevent you from using certain features, but it will ultimately save battery power.
  • Keep your mobile devices charged. Be sure to have another way to charge your smartphone if the power goes out. 
  • Keep your mobile devices dry. Our mobile phones can be a lifeline during a storm. To protect yours, store it in a water-resistant case, floating waterproof case or plastic bag. A car charger or back-up battery pack can come in handy. If you have multiple devices to keep charged, consider a multi-port back-up battery pack.
  • Back up important information and protect vital documents. Back up insurance papers, medical information and the like to the Cloud or your computer. With cloud storage, you can access your data from any connected device.
  • Have a family communications plan. Choose someone out of the area as a central contact, in case your family is separated. Most importantly, practice your emergency plan in advance.
  • Store emergency contacts in your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station, hospital and family members.
  • Forward your home number to your mobile number in the event of an evacuation. Because call forwarding is based out of the telephone central office, you will get calls from your landline phone even if your local telephone service is down. If the central office is not operational, services like voicemail and call forwarding may be useful.
  • Track the storm on your mobile device. If you lose power at your home during a storm, you can use your mobile device to access local weather reports.
  • Take advantage of the camera on your smartphone. Be sure to use the camera on your phone to take, store and send photos and video clips of damage to your insurance company.
  • Use location-based technology.  These services can help you find evacuation routes and track a lost family member’s mobile phone.
  • Be prepared for high call volume and keep non-emergency calls to a minimum. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will be trying call at the same time. This may create network congestion. If you get a “fast busy” signal on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone, hang up, wait several seconds and then try again.
  • Try texting vs. calling. Because it requires fewer network resources, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls.

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*About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. More than 3 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions. 

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.

© 2018 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

**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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May 24, 2018

Georgia 4-H and AT&T Hold Technology Training at the Paulding 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. 

DALLAS, Ga., May 24, 2018 – 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 new statewide program bridges the generations and helps enhance connections across Georgia.

Representative Howard Maxwell

“With support from AT&T and Georgia 4-H, more of Georgia’s seniors are being enabled with important digital tools that assist in monitoring and managing nutritional and medical needs and increasing interaction with the ones they love,” said Georgia State Representative Howard Maxwell. “A special thanks to AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students for working with our seniors, especially in Dallas and other more rural parts of our state.”

A recent 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 2014 to 2016 alone, AT&T invested more than $5 billion in our wireless and wireline networks in Georgia. As private industry continues to invest to close the limited, remaining connectivity gap in rural areas, a key focus of the new statewide technology initiative is on increasing internet adoption.

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 support from AT&T and Georgia 4-H, more of Georgia’s seniors are being enabled with important digital tools that assist in monitoring and managing nutritional and medical needs and increasing interaction with the ones they love,” said Georgia State Representative Howard Maxwell. “A special thanks to AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students for working with our seniors, especially in Dallas and other more rural parts of our state.”

“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 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 Paulding County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Stacy Hamby. “Improving the digital skills of everyone is key to Georgia’s future, and I applaud AT&T 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

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. 

For more information, contact:        
Catherine Stengel
AT&T Corporate Communications
(404) 797-4108
Catherine.Stengel@att.com

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May 22, 2018

Georgia 4-H and AT&T Hold Technology Training at the Hart 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. 

HARTWELL, Ga., May 22, 2018 – 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 new statewide program bridges the generations and helps enhance connections across Georgia.

A recent 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 2014 to 2016 alone, AT&T invested more than $5 billion in our wireless and wireline networks in Georgia. As private industry continues to invest to close the limited, remaining connectivity gap in rural areas, a key focus of the new statewide technology initiative is on increasing internet adoption.

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 support from AT&T and Georgia 4-H, more of Georgia’s seniors are being enabled with important digital tools to help increase interaction with friends and family as well as monitor medical appointments and nutritional needs,” said Georgia State Representative Alan Powell. “A special thanks to AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students for working with our seniors, especially in Hartwell and other more rural parts of our state.”

“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, Jasper County Senior Center, Monroe County Senior Center, Moultrie 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 Christine Blomberg, executive director of the Hart County Chamber of Commerce. “Improving the digital skills of everyone is key to Georgia’s future, and I applaud AT&T 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 Paul Chambers, 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

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. 

For more information, contact:        
Catherine Stengel
AT&T Corporate Communications
(404) 797-4108
Catherine.Stengel@att.com

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May 10, 2018

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

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

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.

TOCCOA, Ga., May 8, 2018 – 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 new statewide program bridges the generations and helps enhance connections across Georgia.

A recent 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 2014 to 2016 alone, AT&T invested more than $5 billion in our wireless and wireline networks in Georgia. As private industry continues to invest to close the limited, remaining connectivity gap in rural areas, a key focus of the new statewide technology initiative is on increasing internet adoption.

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 support from AT&T and Georgia 4-H, more of Georgia’s seniors are being enabled with important digital tools that assist in monitoring and managing nutritional and medical needs and increasing interaction with the ones they love. A special thanks to AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students for working with our seniors, especially in Toccoa and other more rural parts of our state.”

- State Senator John Wilkinson

“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, the Elbert County Senior Center, the Jasper County Senior Center, the Monroe County Senior Center and the Moultrie Senior Center hosted the #GACyberSeniors program in December 2017. 

“Technology is no longer something seniors avoid, and #GACyberSeniors aims to help our seniors safely embrace the many benefits of digital literacy,” said Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce President Julie Paysen. “Improving the digital skills of everyone is key to Georgia’s future, and I applaud AT&T 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 Paul Chambers, 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.

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. 

For more information, contact:        
Catherine Stengel
AT&T Corporate Communications
(404) 797-4108
Catherine.Stengel@att.com

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May 02, 2018

re:imagine/ATL Receives a $50,000 Contribution from AT&T

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

Atlanta, GA  – Youth nonprofit organization, re:imagine/ATL is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 contribution from AT&T. Committed to fostering innovation in education, AT&T is supporting re:imagine/ATL’s mission to empower the next generation of storytellers, creating a pipeline from schools to companies in the film and digital media industries. As part of this contribution, AT&T will become the presenting contributor of the re:imagine/ATL program, Currents, and a launch supporter of the re:imagine/ATL Alliance announced in March.

Currents is a free, monthly workshop in which high school students from across Atlanta learn a variety of industry skills relating to film and digital media directly from professionals in the field. Each workshop explores a different theme and skill set offering students a unique opportunity to be exposed to the many possible career paths while getting a jump start on training in a way that is both relevant and accessible. re:imagine/ATL Alliance supporters are committed to investing financially, and by offering, time, expertise, and resources. Their crucial investment will support Currents and other re:imagine/ATL programs that work to build a future workforce for the film digital media industry that truly represents the population of Metro Atlanta.

In addition to AT&T’s presenting contribution, Currents is in partnership with the Atlanta Film Society, a staple organization for filmmakers in Atlanta, established in 1976. Past themes of Currents have included animation, business skills for creatives, game design, and content distribution.

“Exposure to creative careers and professionals has allowed me to learn about all the different options and jobs in the creative industry,” said re:imagine/ATL student, Alexa Markfield. “It helped me to understand what I'm looking for in a career and what that career will actually be like, which has shaped my goals for the future.”

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T helps provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, it’s committed $400 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. Together with organizations like re:imagine/ATL, AT&T is connecting students to opportunities.

“At AT&T, we are committed to helping people connect with their world and opportunities that make life more fulfilling,” stated Rich Johnson, AT&T Georgia Director of External Affairs. “Georgia’s growth in the film industry is unprecedented. AT&T is proud to support re:imagine/ATL and their work to enrich lives and positively impact Georgia by helping prepare our youth with skills needed to compete in one of Georgia’s highest demand industries.” 

re:imagine/ATL students created a video promoting AT&T Aspire’s support of Currents. Click here to watch. The most recent session of Currents was held on May 1 at Moonshine Post Production Studios. Students learned about careers in content creation from professionals, including AT&T employees.

About re:imagine/ATL
re:imagine/ATL empowers the next generation of content creators in Atlanta. Since 2014, re:imagine/ATL has connected over 1000 students through in-school and out-of-school programming designed to cultivate creative storytelling through film and digital media production. To learn more and get involved, visit  www.reimagineatl.com.

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.

Contact
Susanna Spiccia, re:imagine/ATL, Executive Director
(678) 522-5698
susanna@reimagineatl.com

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April 17, 2018

Student Leadership Johns Creek and AT&T Hold Technology Training at Park Place at Newtown School #GACyberSeniors

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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. 

JOHNS CREEK, Ga., April 14, 2018 – As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to boost internet adoption, AT&T and Student Leadership Johns Creek held today a technology class, teaching seniors how to safely navigate the digital world. The technology training, #GACyberSeniors, bridges the generations and helps enhance connections across Georgia.


A recent 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 2014 to 2016 alone, AT&T invested more than $5 billion in our wireless and wireline networks in Georgia. As private industry continues to invest to close the limited, remaining connectivity gap in rural areas, a key focus of #GACyberSeniors is on increasing internet adoption.

To help boost internet adoption rates, #GACyberSeniors pairs 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.

“The technology training class was such a fulfilling experience,” said Matt Wozniak, student at Johns Creek High School. “I was thrilled to help our senior community members learn how to use technology, enabling them to stay connected with all of us, and to pass along a lifetime of information and guidance.”

“Our amazing students engage 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,” said Irene Sanders, Executive Director of Student Leadership John Creek. “Student Leadership Johns Creek is proud to collaborate with AT&T, enhancing support in our community.”

“High-speed internet has quickly become a preferred way to access information and communicate,” stated Don Barbour, AT&T Georgia Regional Director of External 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. 

For more information, contact:        
Catherine Stengel
AT&T Corporate Communications
(404) 797-4108
Catherine.Stengel@att.com

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April 17, 2018

Lake Forest Elementary School among Semi-Finalists in the AT&T Digital Storytelling Challenge presented by DonorsChoose.org

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

Changing the World One Story at a Time

The power of technology can help bring a lesson plan to life in new and exciting ways for students. Whether it’s a podcast created by students to share local community news or web cameras that connect a classroom in the U.S. with a classroom across the world, digital storytelling is a powerful tool for student success. 

AT&T Georgia is excited to share the news that Lindsay Girosky, a teacher at Lake Forest Hills Elementary in Augusta, Georgia, has been chosen as one of the 30 finalists in the AT&T Digital Storytelling Challenge presented by DonorsChoose.org. Out of the 870 projects from 46 states that were submitted, the dedication and creativity of Lindsay and her classroom caught the judges’ attention. Their project – Changing the World One Story at a Time – encourages students to read about acts of courage and become inspired to change the world, while documenting their story using imovie on an ipad.

From now through May 11, each of the thirty finalist projects are open for public voting. The ten entries who receive the most votes will be awarded with a DonorsChoose.org gift card worth $5,000, which would help Lindsay bring her digital storytelling project to many more classrooms and students. 

Those interested in supporting Lindsay and her students can cast their vote via by texting lfhes to 50555, or by visiting the public voting page here: attcsrteam.typeform.com/to/Gyof6u

Learn more about the AT&T Digital Storytelling Challenge Presented by DonorsChoose.org.

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April 13, 2018

AT&T and Cricket Wireless Celebrate 138,000 Volunteer Hours in Metro Atlanta Community in Honor of National Volunteer Month

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AT&T Prepaid Portfolio President John Dwyer Honored with 2 Local Awards Marking Commitment to Volunteering

ATLANTA – April 12, 2018 – AT&T Atlanta-based employees are committed to giving time, skills and talents to help strengthen Atlanta. That commitment is one of the company’s founding principles. 

In 2017, AT&T Atlanta-based employees volunteered more than 138,000 hours across 2,500 organizations in the Atlanta metro area. In honor of National Volunteer Month, we are committed to exceeding that number in 2018. 500 Atlanta-based employees received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) – including 13 from the Prepaid Portfolio. The award recognizes volunteer service of more than 100 hours over the course of a year. 

Atlanta is home to over 15,000 AT&T employees, including our Prepaid Portfolio of nearly 500 Cricket Wireless and AT&T PREPAID employees. 

“It is with the leadership of John, and the tens of thousands of employees in Atlanta, where we see our commitment to service and community realized each day,” said Bill Leahy, president, AT&T Southeast Region. “I am confident our employees’ volunteerism in 2018 will continue to make a lasting impact here in Atlanta, and – hopefully – inspire others to give back as well.” 

“Our people make our company and their communities stronger. They donate their time, talents and resources to causes that matter most to them. Giving back is an integral part of our culture,” said John Dwyer, president, AT&T Prepaid Portfolio. “I love Atlanta. And when I see the efforts of the thousands of AT&T and Cricket employees in the city, it makes me proud to work for a company that is committed to our community.” 

Dwyer was recently honored with 2 prestigious awards – the Junior Achievement (JA) Gold Leadership Award and the Boy Scouts of America (Boy Scouts) Silver Beaver Award. These both mark his leadership and personal commitment to volunteering. 

Junior Achievement (JA) Gold Leadership Award
Dwyer was one of 10 recipients of the 2018 JA Gold Leadership Award at the JA National Volunteer Summit March 13 in New York City. The award highlights his long-standing contribution of time, leadership, creativity and drive. It also recognizes his commitment to helping build future generations. Dwyer is the first AT&T executive to receive the award.

“John’s dedication to Atlanta’s youth, and his passion to empower them is extraordinary,” said Jack Harris, president & CEO, JA of Georgia. “The JA Gold Leadership Award is our highest honor for individual volunteer commitment. It’s given to those who are leaders in their community and play an integral role in our ability to inspire and prepare the next generation."

Dwyer’s commitment to JA began in 2001 in Seattle. Since joining the Atlanta board in 2010, he’s been instrumental in several of the organization’s projects in the Atlanta metro community. Dwyer was highly involved in the development of the JA Discovery Centers in downtown Atlanta and Gwinnett County. The centers are state-of-the-art learning facilities where students can apply concepts they learn in the classroom in authentic and immersive experiences. 

Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award
In March, Dwyer also received the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award. Since 1931, the award has recognized registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service to the council. It is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts. There have been more than 50,000 Silver Beavers presented since the award started.

“John’s commitment to the youth in Atlanta is exceptional,” said Tracy Techau, Scout Executive/CEO, Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. “His leadership in driving results in key priority areas and overall contributions of time and energy helps us reach thousands of families in the Atlanta metro area each year.  He’s truly helping us change lives.”

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 Cricket Wireless
Cricket brings more value with a simple, smarter, friendly wireless experience on our reliable nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 99% of Americans*. Our easy-to-understand and affordable service plans include monthly taxes and don’t require an annual contract. And our top-brand phones at affordable prices give our customers something to smile about. Visit cricketwireless.com to learn more or find a store near you. Stay up-to-date with the Cricket Newsroom, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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January 29, 2018

AT&T Expands High-Speed Internet in Communities across Georgia

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Recent Fixed Wireless Deployments Bring High-Speed Internet Service to more than 27,000 Rural Locations in Parts of 46 Counties

100% Fiber-Optic Internet Powered by AT&T Fiber Available at more than 725,000 Georgia Locations

ATLANTA, Jan. 29, 2018 —AT&T* has expanded internet access in communities throughout Georgia to better serve those in rural and urban areas alike.

As part of our FCC Connect America Fund commitment, AT&T has deployed high-speed internet service to rural and unserved locations in parts of 46 counties serving more than 27,000 Georgia locations. For much of this rural deployment, AT&T is using its Fixed Wireless Internet service. Launched in Georgia in May 2017, this innovative service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses. These towers are fed by part of the more than 4 million strand miles of AT&T fiber optics that cover Georgia.

“In today’s digital economy, access to reliable broadband service is critical. I’m pleased with the continued investment from AT&T,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “With the use of multiple technologies across Georgia, we can close the access gaps that exist in some of our rural communities, allowing us to compete for the best jobs and grow economic opportunity for all Georgians.”

Parts of the following 46 counties in Georgia are now eligible for this internet service from AT&T: 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

In addition to our work reaching out to largely rural areas, we have also expanded our 100% fiber network powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 725,000 locations in Georgia.(1) With connections approaching 1 gigabit(2) per second, customers purchasing our Internet 1000 service can download 25 songs in 1 second or your favorite 90-minute HD movie in less than 34 seconds.(3)

“I am thankful for the leadership of our elected officials who work to ensure a pro-consumer business environment and am delighted to see so many Georgia residents benefiting from this innovative technology made possible by private investment,” said Chris Clark, president and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Communities in Georgia are part of 67 metros nationwide where our ultra-fast internet service is currently available. We plan to reach at least 82 metros with our fastest internet service.

Today, we market a 1 gigabit connection on our 100% fiber network to over 7 million locations across 67 metros. We plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.

“The thousands of dedicated men and women who work for AT&T and call Georgia home, are proud to work with our state’s political leadership to provide the connectivity Georgia’s residents and businesses demand,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia.

Connect America Fund Deployment:
AT&T has extended high-speed internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment to help predominantly rural areas. As a part of that commitment, AT&T began offering high-speed internet to over 440,000 locations across 18 states last year, and will expand that offer to more than 1.1 million locations nationwide by the end of 2020, many getting access to high-speed internet for the first time. In Georgia, AT&T is committed to extending high-speed internet service to more than 67,000 locations across the state over the next several years.

To determine eligibility, interested consumers living in the counties listed above may call toll-free 1-877-990-0041. AT&T will continue making community-specific announcements in Georgia in the months ahead, providing updates about additional availability as we expand high-speed internet to more locations.

In addition to Georgia, AT&T has launched this service in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

AT&T Fiber:
Our 100% fiber network under the AT&T Fiber umbrella brand lets customers choose from a range of internet speeds, all over a fast internet connection. This 100% fiber network is just one of the network technologies we plan to use to connect customers as a part of AT&T Fiber.

With fiber at the core of our networks we plan to use a combination of fiber and 5G to be one of the country’s largest high-speed internet providers. We have publicly committed to deploy fiber to 12.5 million locations by mid-2019. Ultimately, we plan to extend fast internet to more than 50 million locations, with more than half of those locations seeing near-gig speeds, through 2020 and beyond.

AT&T Internet 1000, is our fastest internet speed tier on our 100% fiber network. It is offered at $70 per month for customers who bundle with another AT&T service on a single bill, or only $80 per month standalone. Either way, equipment is included with a 12-month agreement.(4) Eligible services to bundle with include our award-winning DIRECTV or U-verse TV service, as well as AT&T Wireless service. We have single, double and triple play offers to fit each customer’s needs.

For more information on AT&T Fiber, visit att.com/getfiber.

AT&T in Georgia:
AT&T has invested more than $5 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Georgia between 2014 through 2016. This drives upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

(1) Limited availability in select areas. May not be available in your area. Go to att.com/getfiber to check eligibility
(2) Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data..
(3) Speed/Time examples are estimates and based on wired connection to the gateway.
(4) Plus taxes. After 12 months, price moves to standard rate of $90/mo.

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January 24, 2018

Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

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Government rules for the internet have been debated for nearly as long as the internet has existed, even before a professor coined the term “net neutrality” 15 years ago.

The internet has changed our lives and grown beyond what anyone could have imagined. And it’s done so, for the most part, with very few—but often changing—rules. Regulators under four different presidents have taken four different approaches. Courts have overturned regulatory decisions. Regulators have reversed their predecessors. And because the internet is so critical to everyone, it’s understandably confusing and a bit concerning when you hear the rules have recently changed, yet again.

It is time for Congress to end the debate once and for all, by writing new laws that govern the internet and protect consumers.

Until they do, I want to make clear what you can expect from AT&T.

AT&T is committed to an open internet. We don’t block websites. We don’t censor online content. And we don’t throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period.

We have publicly committed to these principles for over 10 years. And we will continue to abide by them in providing our customers the open internet experience they have come to expect.

But the commitment of one company is not enough. Congressional action is needed to establish an “Internet Bill of Rights” that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.

Legislation would not only ensure consumers’ rights are protected, but it would provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies across all websites, content, devices and applications. In the very near future, technological advances like self-driving cars, remote surgery and augmented reality will demand even greater performance from the internet. Without predictable rules for how the internet works, it will be difficult to meet the demands of these new technology advances.

That’s why we intend to work with Congress, other internet companies and consumer groups in the coming months to push for an “Internet Bill of Rights” that permanently protects the open internet for all users and encourages continued investment for the next generation of internet innovation.

Randall Stephenson
AT&T Chairman and CEO

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