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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

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. 

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.

Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere. © 2018 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC.

* Based on overall coverage in U.S. Download speeds max of 8Mbps (LTE)/4Mbps (4G).

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January 29, 2018

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

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

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.

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
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. 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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January 24, 2018

Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

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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January 22, 2018

AT&T supports the open internet — always has, always will.

Posted by Bill Leahy

AT&T supports the open internet — always has, always will — and agrees it must remain free and open.

Internet freedom is particularly important in Georgia, the best state in the nation to do business, a hub for technology innovation and one of our nation’s top 10 tech employment markets.

A vibrant, open internet plays a critical role in sparking innovation and growth in Georgia and our nation’s economy. In fact, the explosive growth of the internet was fueled and fostered by the light touch regulations that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) employed until 2015, when it changed course and imposed, outdated, Depression-era regulations on Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This had an immediate adverse impact, as overall broadband investment dropped by billions. This was the first time overall broadband investment decreased outside of a recession, and it is no coincidence that this unprecedented decline in investment coincided with the FCC’s unprecedented decision to impose antiquated Title II regulations on ISPs.

Internet
The new Internet Freedom order recently approved by the FCC removed Title II regulations and the associated legal uncertainties that had slowed broadband investment, and restored the policies that sparked decades of innovation and growth.

When Internet Service Providers (ISPs) know that they can invest without the negative impacts of outdated regulation, they are more likely to invest more in broadband. This is especially beneficial for rural America, where the business case for broadband investment can be challenging enough without unnecessary regulatory overhang.

AT&T supports the principles of an open internet:

  • We do not and will not block websites;
  • We do not and will not censor online content;
  • We do not and will not throttle or degrade traffic based on the content; and,
  • We do not and will not unfairly discriminate in our transmission of internet traffic.

We believe that the FCC’s action in restoring its light touch regulatory approach is grounded in the law, the evidence and sound public policy and will encourage increased investment and innovation. We also support federal legislation to codify these basic open internet principles. Only federal legislation will ensure that there are stable, strong and permanent rules that apply across the internet ecosystem. In contrast, individual state laws could fracture the internet to the detriment of investment, innovation and economic development, and they simply are not technologically feasible.


AT&T has proudly been investing and innovating in our Georgia communities for 138 years and looks forward to many more.


Sincerely,

Bill Leahy
President — AT&T Georgia

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January 18, 2018

Calling All Ed-tech Innovators: Apply Within (Application Deadline: January 27, 2018)

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

Ed-tech isn’t just about digitizing books and training manuals for a tablet. It’s about using technology to deliver new forms of learning and teaching. It’s about personalizing and accelerating learning for everyone, everywhere, at any time.

That’s why we’re looking for game-changing solutions for real-world education challenges. If you’re an innovative ed-tech venture in the U.S., we want you to apply for the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator

The Aspire Accelerator’s mission is simple. It supports innovation that helps every student achieve a bright, successful future. Selected for- and non-profits receive financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship from both AT&T and external ed-tech thought leaders.

The application is open through January 27, 2018. Participants are chosen, and the program starts in April.

Aspire Accelerator is now in its 4th year. And, previous participants are thriving.

Together, Aspire Accelerator participants have reached more than 10 million students and attracted more than $11.5 million in funding. CareerVillage.org has provided career advice to half a million kids in the last 6 months alone. And LiftEd co-founder, Andrew Hill, was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30’s Education list. The group recently expanded service to Hawaii to serve even more special needs students.

Our Accelerator companies have unique stories, diverse leadership and are based all over the United States. Since launching Aspire Accelerator in 2015, program participants have included 58% women-led companies and 37% minority-led companies. And, over half our Accelerator participants come from non-traditional tech hotbed cities.

Organizations have the chance to receive invaluable resources through the AT&T Aspire Accelerator customized program.

  • Aspire investment – $100,000 AT&T investment and another $25,000 for each venture to cover costs of the program.[1]
  • Mentorship – Get access to an Entrepreneur in Residence and AT&T and external mentors from education and technology.
  • Resources – Receive UI/UX design services and opportunities to attend education conferences.
  • National platform – Be part of the broader AT&T Aspire initiative.
  • Flexible location – It doesn’t matter where you are. Take part without relocating.

Leading education and tech innovators make up our external board of advisors. Learn about them here.

The Aspire Accelerator is open to any venture working to create technology to support students’ educational and career success. And, if your solutions are for underserved students, you’ll receive special consideration.

Areas of innovation may be:

  • Mobile apps that drive education outcomes.
  • Platforms for teachers, students or parents.
  • Learning and curriculum management tools.
  • Assessment and outcome tracking platforms.
  • Increased access for existing best practices.

If you’re interested in applying or want to learn more, please visit att.com/aspireaccelerator.

We’re excited to work with the 2018 Aspire Accelerator class to bring more educational solutions to reality for students and educators across the country.

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[1] For non-profit companies, the investment will be a general contribution. They receive this in exchange for participating in the Aspire Accelerator and meeting certain requirements, including submitting impact measurements.

January 16, 2018

Strengthening and investing in our communities

Posted by Bill Leahy

Happy new year!

In Georgia, we are fortunate to have leaders who understand the importance of positioning our state as a place where businesses want to invest capital, bring jobs and help strengthen communities. Many of these leaders convened last week in Atlanta for the 2018 regular legislative session. In the coming months, high-speed internet access in rural areas and building next generation wireless networks will be among the key issues discussed.

At AT&T, we understand high-speed internet access is important, and we are constantly investing and innovating, working to provide what consumers are demanding – anytime, anywhere connectivity. To that end, AT&T invested more than $5 billion in our Georgia wireless and wired networks from 2014 to 2016.

As we work to enhance high-speed internet access in rural communities, we are excited that by deploying our Fixed Wireless Internet (FWI) service we are able to bring new opportunity to mostly rural, high-cost areas through our participation in the Connect America Fund II program. We launched Fixed Wireless Internet in Georgia last April and recently announced parts of 44 counties in our state are already being offered this innovative service. In Georgia alone, we plan to provide  access to more than 67,000 homes and small businesses in the FCC-identified census blocks by 2020.

And, so we can continue providing the best possible experience for our customers, AT&T Georgia is supporting House Bill 533. HB 533, sponsored by Representative Brett Harrell, provides a framework for the deployment of small cells and AirGig antennas. Small cells are important wireless infrastructure that will help us enhance our existing networks today and prepare for the technologies of the future, such as 5G, smart cities and the Internet of Things.

It's an exciting time to be in our industry, and I appreciate your work that makes our company a success — for our customers and our state.

Sincerely,

Bill Leahy
President — AT&T Georgia


Fixed Wireless Internet

fixed wireless

We are proud to have recently announced that AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is already being offered in parts of the following 44 Georgia counties: Appling, Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Echols, Elbert, Emanuel, Evans, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Haralson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, McDuffie, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Pierce, Pike, Sumter, Thomas, Toombs, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Worth.


Project AirGig

Project AirGig could be a game-changer for those living in rural areas. There are two trials in the current phase of the project. AT&T launched the first trial this fall with an electricity provider outside the U.S. And, we just launched the second trial here in rural Georgia working with Georgia Power. It is our hope that AirGig could one day be deployed in many areas not served by high speed internet today.

Airgig

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Small cells

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December 21, 2017

With Tax Reform, AT&T Plans to Increase U.S. Capital Spending $1 Billion and Provide $1,000 Special Bonus to more than 200,000 U.S. Employees

Posted by AT&T Georgia Team

Today, Congress approved legislation representing the first comprehensive tax reform in a generation. The President is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.

Once tax reform is signed into law, AT&T* plans to invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018 and pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees — all union-represented, non-management and front-line managers. If the President signs the bill before Christmas, employees will receive the bonus over the holidays.

“Congress, working closely with the President, took a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. businesses in line with the rest of the industrialized world,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “This tax reform will drive economic growth and create good-paying jobs. In fact, we will increase our U.S. investment and pay a special bonus to our U.S. employees.”

Since 2012, AT&T has invested more in the United States than any other public company. Every $1 billion in capital invested in the telecom industry creates about 7,000 jobs for American workers, research shows.

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December 14, 2017

AT&T Launches Project AirGig Trial in Georgia to Bring Ultra-Fast Internet Over Power Lines Closer to Reality

Posted by Bill Leahy

Connectivity

Project AirGig is part of AT&T’s ongoing effort to accelerate internet connections to a gig or more for all communities through both wired and wireless solutions. 


I am excited to share AT&T just launched our first national Project AirGig trial here in Georgia.

Project AirGig is a first-of-its-kind technology that could one day deliver internet speeds well over 1 gigabit per second via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal that is guided by power lines.

AirGig technology represents 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.

There are 2 trials in the current phase of the project. AT&T launched the first trial this fall with an electricity provider outside the U.S. And, we just launched the second trial here in rural Georgia, working with Georgia Power. It is our hope that AirGig could one day be deployed in many areas not served by high speed internet today.

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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. Gov. Nathan Deal and the 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.

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

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

To learn more about our Project AirGig trials, please watch here.

Sincerely,

Bill Leahy
President — AT&T Georgia

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December 04, 2017

New Statewide Technology Training Initiative Announced

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.

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As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to boost internet adoption, AT&T and Georgia 4-H announced today a new technology program that 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 new 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.

“As the way we communicate continues to evolve, more and more consumers of all ages are moving to newer technologies and devices, and for some, there is a learning curve,” stated Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. “I applaud AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students as they work to ensure this transition is effortless for seniors across Georgia, especially in the more rural parts of our state.”

“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 State Representative Terry England. “A special thanks to AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students for working with our seniors, especially in our rural Georgia communities.”

“High-speed internet has quickly become a preferred way to access information and communicate,” stated Bill Leahy, President of AT&T Georgia. “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.”

“Our amazing Georgia 4-H students are working directly with seniors to illustrate the importance of digital literacy and safety for all generations,” stated Arch Smith, Director of Georgia 4-H. “Our Georgia 4-H students are instructing 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 are the senior centers hosting the #GACyberSeniors pilot program in December.

“Technology is no longer something seniors avoid, and this statewide program aims to help our seniors safely embrace the many benefits of digital literacy,” stated Pat Graham, Chair of the Barrow County Commission. “Improving the digital skills of everyone is key to Georgia’s future.”

Digital You

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.

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November 30, 2017

Parts of 44 Counties Across Georgia Now Eligible for AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet Service

Posted by Bill Leahy

This month, we are proud to announce AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet¹ is now available in rural and underserved locations in parts of 44 counties in Georgia.

Our Fixed Wireless Internet is a cost-effective way to deploy high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in rural and hard to reach locations. This service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of 10Mbps or faster from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customers’ home or business in the FCC-identified census blocks. It is $60 per month standalone with a one-year agreement and just $50 per month if bundled with another AT&T service.

Parts of the following 44 counties in Georgia are now eligible for AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet service: Appling, Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Echols, Elbert, Emanuel, Evans, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Haralson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, McDuffie, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Pierce, Pike, Sumter, Thomas, Toombs, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Worth.

Quote1Once again, Georgia is leading the way, welcoming innovation and investment and enhancing broadband access in our rural communities.

And, more than 19,000 AT&T employees who call Georgia home are working hard every day to turn our investments into the high-speed connectivity Georgia’s residents and businesses want and need.

Quote2In Georgia, AT&T plans to reach over 26,000 locations with this technology by end of year, and over 67,000 locations across Georgia by 2020. Through this innovative service, AT&T is proud to further close the remaining connectivity gap.

To determine Fixed Wireless Internet eligibility, interested consumers 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 Fixed Wireless Internet to more locations.

Quote3For more information on Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, please visit att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.

Sincerely,

Bill Leahy
President — AT&T Georgia


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

¹Includes 160GB monthly data allowance. Requires installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway.

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.

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November 17, 2017

AT&T Connecting First Responders

Posted by Bill Leahy

I’d like to share some exciting and historic news with you. Gov. Nathan Deal has accepted the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to Georgia’s public safety community. Georgia is the most recent state to opt in to FirstNet, bringing advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities.

Read more below.

We look forward to working with the public safety community and leaders statewide to provide the coverage, experience and next-generation technologies our first responders deserve and need.

Sincerely,

Bill Leahy
President — AT&T Georgia


Georgia to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Gov. Deal Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

First-of-its-Kind Solution Will Create Jobs, Spur Investment and Modernize Public Safety Communications across Georgia

Georgia is advancing communications capabilities for first responders. Gov. Nathan Deal has accepted the FirstNet and AT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. The FirstNet network will bring advanced technologies that will help Georgia’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Georgia’s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create a system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.


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"We are pleased Georgia is opting in to partner with FirstNet and AT&T to provide innovative communication technologies that will help us more effectively do our jobs,” said Georgia State Firefighters Association President Joey Hartley. “During emergencies, it is critical for us to have a fully functional network to communicate with one another and coordinate our response. There is no doubt FirstNet better equips us with the modern technology needed to save lives.”

Georgia’s decision to opt in enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin offering an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications and will transform the way fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information.

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“FirstNet will provide the coverage, experience and next-generation technologies our first responders need and deserve,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. “AT&T is proud to work with Gov. Deal to bring this dedicated, interoperable public safety broadband network to Georgia, and connect its public safety community to advanced technologies that will help save lives.”

Georgia’s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network. Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end. This means fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers will have dedicated access to the network when and where they need it — 24/7/365, like their mission.

For more information on FirstNet, please go to FirstNet.gov/mediakit and att.com/FirstResponderNews. For more about the value FirstNet will bring to public safety, please go to FirstNet.com.

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