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December 18, 2018

AT&T First to Make Mobile 5G Service Live in the U.S. on Dec. 21

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Mobile 5G Becoming a Reality in 12 Cities with Rapid Enhancements to Follow as the Ecosystem Evolves

On Dec. 21, AT&T* will be the first and only company in the U.S. to offer a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network.

We’ve worked closely with our technology suppliers to reach this mobile 5G milestone. While the initial launch starts small and will be limited, as the 5G ecosystem evolves customers will see enhancements in coverage, speeds and devices.

“This is the first taste of the mobile 5G era,” said Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs and chief technology officer. “Being first, you can expect us to evolve very quickly. It’s early on the 5G journey and we’re ready to learn fast and continually iterate in the months ahead.”

Our standards-based mobile 5G network is live today in parts of 12 cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio and Waco, Texas.

In the first half of 2019 we plan to deploy mobile 5G in parts of these 7 additional cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.

“As the ecosystem evolves, this technology will ultimately change the way we live and conduct business,” said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “We expect that our initial adopters will be innovative, growing businesses. They’re the starting point for what we think will be a technology revolution like we’ve never seen before.”

Early adopters will be the first to experience the NETGEAR® Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot on our mobile 5G+ network. 5G+ is built to provide a mobile 5G experience over mmWave spectrum, offering users a faster mobile experience than standard LTE. 5G+ will start out in dense urban areas, but if you’re outside of 5G+ network coverage you’ll be able to access the nation’s best network and 5G Evolution in 385 markets on the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot.

Through an initial offer, we’ll deliver select businesses and consumers our first mobile 5G device plus 5G data usage at no cost for at least 90 days. Next spring, customers will be able to get the Nighthawk for $499 upfront and 15GB of data for $70 a month on a compatible plan and no annual commitment.1

Learn more about our path to 5G at att.com/5Gnews.

This device will require a 5G compatible AT&T data plan. Device availability and 5G+ coverage areas are limited.


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November 12, 2018

At AT&T, we recognize the sacrifices military personnel, veterans and their families make every day to serve our nation.

Posted by Bill Soards
At AT&T, we recognize the sacrifices military personnel, veterans and their families make every day to serve our nation.


That’s why on this Veteran’s Day, and every day for over 100 years, AT&T is proud to support these brave men and women who protect our freedom.

This year, we are teaming up with NPower, an organization dedicated to helping veterans and their spouses gain the digital and professional skills needed to succeed in in tech-based careers.

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Our nation’s veterans are a vital part of the country’s workforce and critical part of our AT&T team:

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In May 2016, we announced plans to hire a total of 20,000 vets by 2020. To date, we have hired more than 15,000 veterans toward reaching that goal.



Our Careers for Veterans program supports over 130,000 veterans and their spouses by giving career advice through our veteran talent network.



AT&T ranked No. 5 in DiversityInc.’s Top 18 Companies for Veterans for 2018.


Supporting veterans and their families is also a major focus of our philanthropic efforts including contributing or directing about $21 million to veteran’s organizations through corporate, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs during the past five years.

And to help veterans and their families stay connected, AT&T is offering veteran families significant savings on wireless, video and internet.1


While we could never fully repay those who serve, on this day of reflection, we say, “Thank you” to our heroes who give so much and invite you to join us #ThankOurHeroes.

Gratitude

We're also donating $5 for each video view*

Sincerely,

Bill Soards
President — AT&T Indiana


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1Req’s proof of eligibility. Credit(s) w/in 3 bills. Add’l restrictions & exclusions apply. See offer details at att.com/military.

October 11, 2018

FirstNet Indiana: One Year In

Posted by AT&T Indiana Team

Thousands of Indiana’s First Responders Now Trust FirstNet for their Communications

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One year after Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to opt into FirstNet, thousands of Indiana’s first responders now rely on FirstNet for their wireless communications.

FirstNet is the country’s first nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders in times of need. Built with AT&T*, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade.

“One year has passed since Governor Holcomb opted in to FirstNet,” said David Vice, Executive Director – Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC). “In those 365 days, FirstNet has moved from concept to reality. Much work is left to be done, but I’ve been amazed at how fast FirstNet is being built and how many Indiana first responders are adopting the next-generation technology to protect and serve their communities. IPSC will continue to advocate on behalf of public safety during FirstNet’s implementation and adoption, but we can be proud that Indiana is, once again, leading the nation in advancing interoperable communications for public safety.”

Noblesville leads from the front

The first community to transform first responder communications in the Hoosier state was the City of Noblesville. All the city’s police, fire and EMS personnel now have access to FirstNet’s advanced technology to help them keep themselves and those they serve safe.

“We are proud to be the anchor tenant in Indiana and one of the first cities nationwide for this cutting-edge public safety communications platform,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said when the city’s FirstNet news was announced in February. “We want to lead in technology and public safety, and this move allows us to do both and provide better service to our first responders, residents and guests in times of need.”

IoT Civic Hack

In April of 2018, FirstNet sponsored an AT&T hackathon in Fishers, Ind., focused on creating solutions for the public safety community. More than 600 developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, students, first responders and state officials gathered – including Congresswoman Susan Brooks, State of Indiana Chief Data Officer Darshan Shah, City of Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter, Indianapolis Fire Chief Ernest Malone, and Indianapolis EMS Chief of IT & Informatics Tom Arkins.

And in just 24 hours, the winning teams came up with some amazing applications focused on public safety, including:

ArrowAn app to help better engage and deploy civilian volunteers during emergencies.

ArrowA web-based app that would allow a 911 dispatcher to take control of a caller’s smartphone, so they could see and hear what is happening at the emergency location.

ArrowA lighting system that would alert the deaf community to tornado warnings.

The innovation didn’t stop there. One of the winning teams has gone on to test their solution, which uses new sensor technology to help locate building occupants during an emergency, with the Reno, Nevada, fire department.

It’s been a momentous year for FirstNet in Indiana,” said Bill Soards, President, AT&T Indiana.  “We’ve seen some incredible enthusiasm with first responder adoption and hosted some great events with public safety from around the state.  We look forward to continuing to innovate for our brave men and women in uniform and making FirstNet the best possible solution to help keep our communities and those who serve them safe.”

To learn more about FirstNet, go to FirstNet.com. To learn more about AT&T in Indiana, go to engage.att.com/indiana/.

 


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We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.
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September 18, 2018

We've accomplished a lot this year

Posted by Bill Soards

It’s been a busy year. AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., combining global media and entertainment leaders HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. with AT&T’s leadership in technology and customer relationships across video, mobile and broadband. The merger will allow us to reinvent the way the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.

But that’s not all we have accomplished. We’ve selected 8 new ed-tech companies to fund, mentor and provide entrepreneur resources to through our AT&T Aspire Accelerator program.

We’ve also launched groundbreaking FirstNet technology available to local first responders and announced AT&T has invested nearly $1.4 Billion the past 3 years to enhance local networks in Indiana. The first half of the year has been an exciting time at AT&T. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish during the rest of the year.

Bill Soards
President — AT&T Indiana


AT&T completes acquisition of Time Warner Inc.

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AT&T Inc. has completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., combining global media and entertainment leaders Warner Bros., HBO and Turner with AT&T’s leadership in technology and its video, mobile and broadband customer relationships.

Together, the companies form a truly modern media company that will work to create the best entertainment and communications experiences in the world.

“The content and creative talent at Warner Bros., HBO and Turner are first-rate. Combine all that with AT&T’s strengths in direct-to-consumer distribution, and we offer customers a differentiated, high-quality, mobile-first entertainment experience,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc. “We’re going to bring a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.”

Stephenson said the future of media entertainment is rapidly converging around three elements required to transform how video is distributed, paid for, consumed and created. Today, AT&T brings together:

ArrowPremium Content: Broadly distributed, robust premium content portfolio that combines leading movies and shows from Warner Bros., HBO and Turner, along with more targeted digital content from Bleacher Report, FilmStruck and AT&T’s investment in Otter Media, among others.

ArrowDirect to Consumer Distribution (D2C): AT&T has more than 170 million D2C relationships across its TV, video streaming, mobile and broadband services in the U.S., mobile in Mexico, and TV in Latin America, in addition to D2C digital properties such as HBO NOW, Boomerang, FilmStruck and CNN.com.

ArrowHigh-Speed Networks: AT&T‘s leading wireless and fiber network, including investments in new technology, such as 5G, will provide the network bandwidth required as customers increase engagement with premium video and emerging 4K and virtual reality content.


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September 17, 2018

AT&T invests nearly $1.4 billion over 3-year period to boost local networks in Indiana

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Network Upgrades

At AT&T1, we've invested nearly $1.4 billion in our Indiana 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 2017, AT&T made more than 1,000 wireless network upgrades in Indiana. These include new cell sites and additional network capacity.

Following the passage of recent state legislation, AT&T will continue its investment in Indiana with additional upgrades.

"Over the last 2 years, Gov. Holcomb signed legislation that encourages companies like AT&T to invest more in wireless infrastructure," said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards. "Thanks to his leadership, and that of the Indiana General Assembly, we're now speeding our wireless build out plans here with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to improving our mobile network. This investment will also pave the way for 5G mobile services in the years ahead."

"AT&T is clearly working hard on behalf of Hoosiers in urban and rural communities alike," said Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. "By investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure in all corners of the state, they're helping boost business growth and connectivity. We appreciate their continued commitment to Indiana.



AT&T also said today that more than 20,000 homes and small businesses in rural Indiana now have access to high-speed internet access, as part of a 2015 FCC program.

The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. Notable Indiana network enhancements in 2017 included:

Arrowexpanding 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA technologies in Indianapolis, launched in July and Nov. 2017 respectively. These technologies serve as the runway to 5G by boosting the existing LTE network and priming it for the future of connectivity.

Arrowboosting capacity at the pro football and basketball stadiums, convention center, and downtown mall in Indianapolis.

Arrowadding capacity at college stadiums in Bloomington, West Lafayette and South Bend.

Arrowboosting capacity at Noblesville outdoor music venue.

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.

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 Indiana 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 200,000 customer locations in Indiana.

We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.2 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 connection3 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.

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

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

3 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.


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

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September 16, 2018

Introducing the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator class

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Aspire

Since 2015, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator program has provided financial support, mentorship and guidance to 19 inspiring ed-tech organizations offering students life-changing solutions.

Following a competitive application process, AT&T recently announced the addition of 8 more organizations, including 3 nonprofits. The 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator class of innovators will receive funding, access to business experts, national exposure, mentorship and entrepreneur resources. This program will conclude this fall with demonstrations and a graduation.

Meet the innovative, diverse and impactful start-ups that make up the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator class:

ArrowCaribu (Miami) allows any trusted adult to read and draw with children, through an interactive video-call, no matter how far apart.

ArrowMindRight (501(c)3/Newark, New Jersey) empowers youth of color to heal from systemic oppression trauma — including structural violence, poverty, racism and discrimination — with support via text message.

ArrowMove This World (New York) uses multimedia content to develop social skills and strengthen emotional intelligence in Pre-K through high school students.

ArrowSubstantial (501(c)3/Oakland, California) creates training, resources and information substitute teachers need to be successful. The program customizes for each school system’s unique context and delivers it online with modern, mobile-friendly technology.

ArrowUnruly Studios (Boston) revolutionizes learning by combining STEM education with physical play. It teaches kids how to code and gets them active.

ArrowWeird Enough Productions (501(c)3/Lithonia, Georgia) teaches students how to combat fake news, identify media bias and create positive content through an ed-tech tool.

ArrowWords Liive (Washington, D.C.) makes it effortless for teachers to integrate music into lessons.

ArrowZoobean (Arlington, Virginia) provides a web application, mobile app, and prospective hardware device through which families can track their independent reading and stay motivated to read.

Learn more about the winning group of innovators and about the AT&T Accelerator program here.

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September 15, 2018

AT&T retail stores across the country open doors to verified first responders for FirstNet service

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FirstNet

Did you know that some EMS, fire and law enforcement agencies don’t provide their personnel with wireless service plans or devices? That’s why the doors to more than 5,300 AT&T retail stores across the country are now open to verified1 first responders interested in signing themselves up for FirstNet service.

FirstNet is the country’s first nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders. Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need. Every day. And in every emergency.

The launch of FirstNet mobile plans for Subscriber Paid Users lets verified first responders sign up for FirstNet service under a personal account. This will make the groundbreaking technology locally available to first responders everywhere, so they can access the power of FirstNet.

Both career and volunteer first responders can qualify, which means all first responder users can have access to the same critical capabilities of FirstNet.

“According to the latest findings from the National Fire Protection Association, 70% of firefighters in the U.S. are volunteer,” said Fire Chief Ron Oettel of Lititz, Pennsylvania. “That’s more than 800,000 of us who are often the first to respond to emergencies — fires, medical crises and disasters, among others — in small and rural communities across the country. Having the best tools possible is critical. And FirstNet just made it easier for us to have the best.”

To learn more about FirstNet, go to att.com/firstrespondernews. Or send your community leaders to explore FirstNet service plans or devices to FirstNet.com.

1FirstNet is exclusive to the public safety community, so eligibility must be confirmed before access will be granted. Qualified first responder agencies enter into an agreement with AT&T that enables them to verify individual first responders who are eligible for the Subscriber Paid User offer through an online portal. Verified first responders will then receive an activation code that can be presented in store to sign up.

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September 14, 2018

#IAspireTo Learn

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Since 2008, AT&T Aspire has helped provide access to the education and training people need to get – and keep – good jobs. We invest in programs preparing people for careers in technology, media and telecommunications and helping more students graduate high school.

We’ve committed $450 million since 2008 to leverage technology, relationships and innovative ideas to help students make their biggest dreams a reality.

We’ve seen great progress since we launched AT&T Aspire 10 years ago. Today, the national high school graduation rate stands at 84.1% for the class of 2016, an all-time high – up from 74.9% for the class of 2008.

But there’s still work to do.

That’s why, to celebrate decade of AT&T Aspire, we’ve awarded $9.25 million to 10 organizations across the country who help underserved students stay in school and prepare for their next step in life. Follow @ATTimpact for updates and join us by sharing your education memories with #IAspireTo.

Here's a look back at 10 years of AT&T Aspire, and the people and organizations making an impact on the students they serve.

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September 13, 2018

‘Hacking for Good’ to Benefit Public Safety in Indiana

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Hacking for good

24 hours.

First responders are well aware of just how many things can happen in 24 hours. A tornado or blizzard, a mass casualty event, a parade or concert requiring increased security.

For 24 hours in April, first responders in Indiana also got a chance to experience what “hacking for good” can achieve, and how we can make FirstNet even stronger.

More than 600 developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, students and first responders gathered April 20-21 at Launch Fishers and the new Indiana IoT Lab for the AT&T #IoTCivicHack. Their goal: to work together on solutions addressing the challenges that public safety faces every day.

Some teams worked through the night…some went home and came back in the morning…but by the time Saturday evening rolled around, they were ready to make their initial pitches.

Hackathon judges, which included civic leaders, representatives of public safety and data analysts, selected 10 teams as finalists. Those teams then pitched their ideas on stage.

In just 24 hours, #IoTCivicHack winners (full list here) came up with some amazing technology prototypes, as well as fully-produced apps. Here’s a quick look at examples of their winning solutions:

An app to help better engage and deploy civilian volunteers.

A web-based app that would allow a 911 dispatcher to take control of a caller’s smartphone so they could see and hear what is happening at the emergency location.

A lighting system that would alert the deaf community to tornado warnings.

Clearly, lots of “good” can happen over the course of a day.

In addition to the great ideas that were generated by technologists and coders, AT&T and the FirstNet Authority were able to bring two very different worlds together. But we all shared the same mindset: what can we do to help public safety? How can we improve their connectivity? For 24 hours, we were all on the same team, and we are all better for it.

* To learn more about FirstNet, please contact Angie Helminiak at ah670m@att.com or 317-294-0363.

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September 12, 2018

Indianapolis Next to Be Named to Get Mobile 5G Network This Year

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5G

AT&T will start introducing mobile 5G to customers in a dozen cities this year. On Aug. 30 we named Indianapolis as our 7th 5G city. It joins our previously announced cities of Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Raleigh and Waco.

“Indy is a city on the forefront of innovation and technology. Home to a variety of large and small businesses, thriving communities, and a local government that understands the importance of technology to fuel innovation and boost economic growth,” said Bill Soards, president AT&T Indiana. “Whether you’re a retailer, car wash owner, hospital, manufacturer, public safety entity or a bank, we expect 5G will eventually change the customer experience and provide new economic opportunities for your business. It was a natural choice for AT&T to name Indy as one of the twelve introductory 5G cities.”

We’ve been laying the foundation for 5G in Indianapolis for some time now. It’s part of our investment strategy to continue to bring the latest in connectivity to people across the country.

We’ve invested nearly $425 million in our Indianapolis area 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 2017, AT&T made more than 525 wireless network upgrades in the Indianapolis area. These include new cell sites, boosting network capacity and new wireless high-speed internet connections.

We also launched 5G Evolution in Indianapolis last year. As a reminder, 5G Evolution markets are locations where we’ve deployed technologies that enable peak theoretical wireless speeds for capable devices of at least 400 Mbps.* Indy was also one of the first U.S. cities to get LTE-LAA technology. With LTE-LAA, the network has peak theoretical speeds for capable devices reaching up to 1 gigabit per second.*

“We’re proud that AT&T continues to put Indianapolis at the top of its list when deciding where its latest technologies should be launched,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “We were among the first for AT&T’s 5G Evolution network, and now the company is keeping its promise to bring 5G here. We look forward to seeing the impact this revolutionary technology will have on our city: helping us to attract economic investment and make local government more efficient.”

"I'm thrilled that AT&T chose Indianapolis as an early adopter for this impressive technology infrastructure investment,” said TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier. “Indy is home to one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the country, an impressive base of talent, and a combination of Fortune 500's and up-and-coming startups that will leverage this 5G infrastructure to further accelerate growth."

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September 12, 2018

AT&T Indiana presents the National Guard Association of Indiana Foundation with $10,000 AT&T Aspire contribution

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AT&T Aspire Check Presentation

AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards recently presented the National Guard Association of Indiana Foundation with a $10,000 AT&T Aspire contribution.

The AT&T Aspire funding will be focused on the following two educational areas, which will affect the readiness of National Guard troops who are called on to assist with natural disasters in the Hoosier state:

  • Certification by FEMA that a soldier is at level one and/or two for their Incident Command Structure course.
  • Professional development for young officer and enlisted corps.

The National Guard Association of Indiana Foundation was created to bring awareness and access of military benefits and services to the members of the Indiana National Guard and to other military veterans, as well as to provide scholarship assistance to qualified family members of the Indiana National Guard soldiers.


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July 30, 2018

AT&T Brings New Virtual Reality Experience to Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration to Show Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving

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AT&T Brings New Virtual Reality Experience to Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration to Show Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving

AT&T research has found nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving. People are doing much more than just texting from behind the wheel. They’re checking email, accessing social media and even snapping photos.

Distracted driving is never OK. So, we brought our new virtual reality experience to the 48th Annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration this month. Summer Celebration-goers came face-to-face with the very real dangers of distracted driving and interacted with a memorial wall, a wall of keys representing lives lost and a wall made to look like crushed car parts.

The experience was part of the AT&T It Can Wait campaign, which reminds drivers that you’re never alone on the road. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. We’ve expanded it to the broader dangers of using your smartphone behind the wheel.

Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly all of those surveyed.
  • Inspired more than 23 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving. 

Thank you to Indiana Black Expo for welcoming us and our It Can Wait team to Summer Celebration in Indianapolis this year!

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May 16, 2018

Operation Hydration to Benefit Military Leading Up To Memorial Day Weekend

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AT&T volunteers collecting bottled water and monetary donations for USO of Indiana

WHAT: AT&T Pioneers are once again teaming up with USO of Indiana for Operation Hydration. AT&T volunteers will be collecting cases of water along with monetary donations for the USO on Thurs. May 24. The goal is to raise awareness of what USO does for the military in Indiana and provide needed supplies. This is the 8th annual AT&T Pioneers Operation Hydration event to benefit the military leading up to Memorial Day Weekend. AT&T Pioneers is a volunteer organization made up of AT&T employees and retirees.

WHEN: Thursday – May 24, 2017
7 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cases of bottled water and donations collected
1 p.m. – Water loaded onto trucks

WHERE: Two blocks north of Monument Circle
--Drop off on W. New York St., between N. Meridian & Pierson streets (right lane next to AT&T building)

Monetary donations can also be made online.

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May 11, 2018

AT&T Aspire supporting summer coding program for high school students

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At Navarre Intermediate Center this afternoon, AT&T presented a $5,000 contribution to the South Bend Parks Foundation for a South Bend Code School program.  The AT&T Aspire funding will go toward scholarships for the summer program, where high school students will learn up to three coding languages, design websites and develop presentation skills when sharing their work with their classmates, community and technology companies.

AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships – to ensure students have the skills they need to succeed.

To learn more about the scholarships available for this summer’s coding program, check out the Code School’s website at www.southbendcodeschool.com.

Our thanks to State Rep. Joe Taylor, South Bend City Clerk Kareemah Fowler and Common Council Members Karen White and Sharon McBride for joining us for this AT&T Aspire event.

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April 25, 2018

Making Indiana Safer at the IoT Civic Hackathon

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24 hours.

First responders are well aware of just how many things can happen in 24 hours.  A tornado or blizzard, a mass casualty event, a parade or concert requiring increased security.

For 24 hours in April, first responders in Indiana also got a chance to experience what “hacking for good” can achieve, and how we can make FirstNet even stronger.

If you’re not familiar with FirstNet, it is the country’s first nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to public safety.  And it’s being built by AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority.

More than 600 developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, students and first responders gathered April 20-21 at Launch Fishers and the new Indiana IoT Lab for the AT&T #IoTCivicHack.  Their goal: to work together on solutions addressing the challenges that public safety faces every day.

The “hackathon” began with technical workshops on Friday, April 20, as well as a gathering of law enforcement, fire and EMS officials who heard former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis tell them, “It’s unbelievable what can come out of these kinds of things.”

Also on Friday, a public safety “equipment rodeo” rolled into the parking lot between Launch Fishers and the IoT Lab.  Organized by the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission, around 40 vehicles and pieces of equipment were lined up for participants, to get their ideas flowing.  Dive teams, search and rescue dogs, disaster recovery crews, drones, cameras, incident response vehicles and fire trucks were on site.

An emergency helicopter ushered in Friday evening’s events, which included remarks from Congresswoman Susan Brooks, the Indianapolis Fire Department, the City of Fishers, the City of Indianapolis, Indiana State Police and technology leaders.  Senior Vice President AT&T-FirstNet* Chris Sambar summed up the event well, saying: “Let’s make something great for these first responders!”

The innovating began in earnest Friday night, with 30 teams forming to develop their ideas.  More than 60 public safety mentors were available to teams, both in person and virtually through a Slack channel.

Some teams worked through the night…some went home and came back in the morning…but by the time Saturday evening rolled around, they were ready to make their initial pitches.

Hackathon judges, which included civic leaders, representatives of public safety and data analysts, selected 10 teams as finalists.  Those teams then pitched their ideas on stage.

In just 24 hours, #IoTCivicHack winners (full list here) came up with some amazing technology prototypes, as well as fully-produced apps.  Here’s a quick look at examples of their winning solutions:

  • An app to help better engage and deploy civilian volunteers.
  • A web-based app that would allow a 911 dispatcher to take control of a caller’s smartphone so they could see and hear what is happening at the emergency location.
  • A lighting system that would alert the deaf community to tornado warnings.

Clearly, lots of “good” can happen over the course of a day. 

In addition to the great ideas that were generated by technologists and coders, AT&T and the FirstNet Authority were able to bring two very different worlds together.  But we all shared the same mindset:  what can we do to help public safety?  How can we improve their connectivity?  For 24 hours, we were all on the same team, and we are all better for it.

* To learn more about FirstNet, please contact Angie Helminiak at ah670m@att.com or 317-294-0363.

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March 27, 2018

Have an idea to energize and enhance First Responder technology? Help us make Indiana safer at the IoT Civic Hackathon!

Posted by AT&T Indiana Team

Join us for the third annual IoT Civic Hackathon, produced by the AT&T Developer Program.

Join other developers, designers, students and technologists from all over Indiana to build mobile apps and hardware solutions to help law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. Hangout with us as we hack and build IoT apps and projects, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. We will have experts from AT&T and the local community onsite to assist with your development. 

You Bring...
Your laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team-focused mindset and/or team-up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via the #ATTHACK and #IoTCivicHack hashtags. Whether you are a backend person, designer, entrepreneur, student, or just interested in tech, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed! 

We Supply...
Quick presentations and code samples that help kick start your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. We will have technical mentors to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools. We will also have loaner hardware on-site for you to use in your solutions. 

Prizes
The hackathon prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge. There will be prizes in the following categories:

  • Public Safety
  • IoT
  • Mobile App
  • Big Data

Event Info
When: Friday, April 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00 PM
Location: Indiana IoT Lab, 9059 Technology Lane, Fishers, IN 46038
Cost: Free!
Register: iotcivichack.eventbrite.com

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March 05, 2018

It Can Wait at UNCF’s Bowling for Scholars Bowl-a-Thon

Posted by AT&T Indiana Team

Volunteers at the UNCF’s Bowling for Scholars Bowl-a-Thon in Indianapolis try out an It Can Wait distracted driving simulator, and take the pledge to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones.

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February 01, 2018

Congress needs to establish an 'Internet Bill of Rights'

Posted by Bill Soards

You've heard a lot about net neutrality in the news lately.

I want to share with you AT&T's perspective on the issue.

You should know that 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 favor federal legislation to ensure that there is one set of rules that applies to all internet companies, and includes internet and privacy protections for consumers.

A patchwork of different state rules would confuse consumers, harm competition, and impede innovation and investment.

Congress needs to act 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.

For more information, I wanted you to see the open letter that our Chairman shared recently in major national newspapers.

Sincerely,

Bill Soards
President, AT&T Indiana


Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

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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December 07, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Bill Soards

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting technology that puts us on the path to 5G, connecting students to mentors, or even connecting Hoosiers to cyber security resources, at its core, this is what all of us at AT&T do every day. I am so proud of what we have accomplished this year in Indiana, and as I look forward to 2018 I am excited for what is to come. But before we get to January, I want to wish all of you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!

Thank you,

Bill Soards
President — AT&T Indiana
On Twitter: @soards


Indiana scores another first in the country

5GIn November, AT&T announced that it has deployed Commercial LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) technologies in select parts of downtown Indianapolis. And we plan to expand LTE-LAA coverage in more areas of downtown Indianapolis by the end of the year.

This technology is another step in our evolution to 5G. We’re working closely with the City of Indianapolis to deploy the upgrades needed to support future technologies, like 5G.

We’re excited to be the first carrier to commercially deploy LTE-LAA technology for our customers in parts of Indianapolis. Demand continues to grow at a rapid pace on our network. That’s why offering customers the latest technologies and increased wireless capacity by combining licensed and unlicensed spectrum is an important milestone.

LAA is expected to play a key role as we aim to reach theoretical peak speeds of up to 1gigabit per second (Gbps). In previous field tests of this technology, we were one of the first carriers to observe actual peak wireless speeds of 979 megabits per second (Mbps).

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December 06, 2017

Pioneers are Santa’s elves for kids in South Bend

Posted by AT&T Indiana Team

Pioneers 

Our South Bend Pioneers have been spreading holiday cheer again this year.

Pioneers from up north just wrapped up their participation in the 2017 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Through this program, the goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in our community. The Reserve aims to spread a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters, assisting them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

The Pioneers collected donations primarily at their garages and distribution center in South Bend in October and November, and when their efforts concluded, they dropped off 450 toys, 9 bicycles and a $200 check for the Reserve.

Thank you to all our Pioneers around the state for your continued good work in our communities!

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