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March 13, 2019

AT&T Boosts Network Speeds in Cantril and Keosauqua

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

4G LTE Expansion Will Help Give Customers and First Responders Better Access to Mobile Internet

CANTRIL, Iowa, Mar. 13, 2018 — AT&T* customers and FirstNet subscribers in Cantril and Keosauqua got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We enhanced the area’s 4G LTE coverage to help give customers and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service.

Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. With 4G LTE service, customers will experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends.

By building out our 4G LTE network, we are 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 and capacity of our network using the latest technology.

“We look forward to continuing our work with AT&T to rollout the exclusive FirstNet communications platform in Iowa to help our first responders.” –Tom Lampe, state point of contact for FirstNet in Iowa

We’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform.

“We’re excited to see the buildout of new wireless facilities in Cantril and Keosauqua and across the state to give our first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to serve and protect those who may be in harm’s way,” said Tom Lampe, state point of contact for FirstNet in Iowa. “We look forward to continuing our work with AT&T to rollout the exclusive FirstNet communications platform in Iowa to help our first responders.”

FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Iowa and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.

We’re committed to our networks in Iowa

From 2015 to 2017, we invested nearly $120 million in our Iowa wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowans and their businesses. We continued our investment in Iowa in 2018 and plan to keep upgrading our network throughout 2019.


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*About AT&T Communications

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

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2019 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.

**Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd sourced studies.

FirstNet® and the FirstNet service logo are the intellectual property of the First Responder Network Authority.

March 13, 2019

AT&T Boosts Network Speeds in Central City

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

4G LTE Expansion Will Help Give Customers and First Responders Better Access to Mobile Internet

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa, Mar. 13, 2018 — AT&T* customers and FirstNet subscribers in Central City got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We enhanced the area’s 4G LTE coverage to help give customers and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service.

Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. With 4G LTE service, customers will experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends.

By building out our 4G LTE network, we are 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 and capacity of our network using the latest technology.

“We’re excited to see the buildout of new wireless facilities in Central City and across the state to give our first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to serve and protect those who may be in harm’s way.” –Tom Lampe, state point of contact for FirstNet in Iowa

We’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform.

“We’re excited to see the buildout of new wireless facilities in Central City and across the state to give our first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to serve and protect those who may be in harm’s way,” said Tom Lampe, state point of contact for FirstNet in Iowa. “We look forward to continuing our work with AT&T to rollout the exclusive FirstNet communications platform in Iowa to help our first responders.”

FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Iowa and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.

We’re committed to our networks in Iowa

From 2015 to 2017, we invested nearly $120 million in our Iowa wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowans and their businesses. We continued our investment in Iowa in 2018 and plan to keep upgrading our network throughout 2019.


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*About AT&T Communications

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

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2019 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.

**Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd sourced studies.

FirstNet® and the FirstNet service logo are the intellectual property of the First Responder Network Authority.

December 21, 2018

AT&T Brings Faster Network to Truro Customers

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

4G LTE Expansion Will Give Customers Better Access to Mobile Internet

AT&T* has added a new cell site to its 4G LTE network in Truro to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

With 4G LTE, customers will have a better network connection while doing things like streaming videos, sharing on social media and texting family and friends.

We’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform.

FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Iowa and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.

“We’re excited to see the buildout of new wireless facilities here in Truro and across the state to give our first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to serve and protect those who may be in harm’s way,” said Tom Lampe, state point of contact for FirstNet in Iowa. “We look forward to continuing our work with AT&T to rollout the exclusive FirstNet communications platform in Iowa to help our first responders.”

We’re committed to our networks in Iowa

From 2015–2017, we invested nearly $120 million in our Iowa wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowans and their businesses.

In 2017, AT&T made more than 365 network enhancements across Iowa. This included new cell sites, the addition of network capacity and network upgrades. We are continuing our investments in our Iowa networks in 2018.


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*About AT&T Communications

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

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 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.

**Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd sourced studies.


For more information, contact:            
Mark Giga
AT&T Corporate Communications
612.206.0193
December 19, 2018

AT&T Continues to Expand Wireless Network Across Iowa

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

AT&T continues to expand its wireless network across Iowa to enhance coverage and reliability, with new cell sites in Dumont, Cascade, Langworthy, Wyoming, Garner and La Porte City.

You can access additional information about these network improvements through the following links:

From 2015–2017, AT&T invested nearly $120 million in its Iowa wireless and wired networks. In 2017, AT&T made more than 365 network enhancements across Iowa, including new cell sites, additional network capacity and network upgrades. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowans including users of FirstNet — the nationwide public safety communications platform that helps first responders communicate and keep Iowans safer.


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November 30, 2018

AT&T Brings Faster Network to Eastern Iowa Customers

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

4G LTE Expansion Will Give Customers Better Access to Mobile Internet

Cascade, Iowa, Nov. 30, 2018AT&T* has added a new cell site to its 4G LTE network in Cascade, Langworthy and Wyoming to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

With 4G LTE, customers will have a better network connection while doing things like streaming videos, sharing on social media and texting family and friends.

We’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform.

FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Iowa and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.

“We’re excited to see the buildout of new wireless facilities here in eastern Iowa and across the state to give our first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to serve and protect those who may be in harm’s way,” said Tom Lampe, state point of contact for FirstNet in Iowa. “We look forward to continuing our work with AT&T to rollout the exclusive FirstNet communications platform in Iowa to help our first responders.”

We’re committed to our networks in Iowa

From 2015–2017, we invested nearly $120 million in our Iowa wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowans and their businesses.

In 2017, AT&T made more than 365 network enhancements across Iowa. This included new cell sites, the addition of network capacity and network upgrades. We are continuing our investments in our Iowa networks in 2018.


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*About AT&T Communications

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

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 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.

**Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd sourced studies.


For more information, contact:            
Mark Giga
AT&T Corporate Communications
612.206.0193

 

November 30, 2018

AT&T Brings Faster Network to Garner Customers

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

4G LTE Expansion Will Give Customers Better Access to Mobile Internet

Garner, Iowa, Nov. 30, 2018AT&T* has added a new cell site to its 4G LTE network in Garner to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

With 4G LTE, customers will have a better network connection while doing things like streaming videos, sharing on social media and texting family and friends.

We’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform.

FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Iowa and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.

“We’re excited to see the buildout of new wireless facilities here in Garner and across the state to give our first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to serve and protect those who may be in harm’s way,” said Tom Lampe, state point of contact for FirstNet in Iowa. “We look forward to continuing our work with AT&T to rollout the exclusive FirstNet communications platform in Iowa to help our first responders.”

We’re committed to our networks in Iowa

From 2015–2017, we invested nearly $120 million in our Iowa wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowans and their businesses.

In 2017, AT&T made more than 365 network enhancements across Iowa. This included new cell sites, the addition of network capacity and network upgrades. We are continuing our investments in our Iowa networks in 2018.


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*About AT&T Communications

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

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 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.

**Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd sourced studies.


For more information, contact:            
Mark Giga
AT&T Corporate Communications
612.206.0193

 

November 30, 2018

AT&T Brings Faster Network to La Porte City Customers

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

4G LTE Expansion Will Give Customers Better Access to Mobile Internet

La Porte City, Iowa, Nov. 30, 2018AT&T* has added a new cell site to its 4G LTE network in La Porte City to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

With 4G LTE, customers will have a better network connection while doing things like streaming videos, sharing on social media and texting family and friends.

We’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform.

FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Iowa and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.

“We’re excited to see the buildout of new wireless facilities here in La Porte City and across the state to give our first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to serve and protect those who may be in harm’s way,” said Tom Lampe, state point of contact for FirstNet in Iowa. “We look forward to continuing our work with AT&T to rollout the exclusive FirstNet communications platform in Iowa to help our first responders.”

We’re committed to our networks in Iowa

From 2015–2017, we invested nearly $120 million in our Iowa wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowans and their businesses.

In 2017, AT&T made more than 365 network enhancements across Iowa. This included new cell sites, the addition of network capacity and network upgrades. We are continuing our investments in our Iowa networks in 2018.


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*About AT&T Communications

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

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 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.

**Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd sourced studies.


For more information, contact:            
Mark Giga
AT&T Corporate Communications
612.206.0193

 

November 30, 2018

AT&T Brings Faster Network to Dumont Customers

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

4G LTE Expansion Will Give Customers Better Access to Mobile Internet

Dumont, Iowa, Nov. 30, 2018AT&T* has added a new cell site to its 4G LTE network in Dumont to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

With 4G LTE, customers will have a better network connection while doing things like streaming videos, sharing on social media and texting family and friends.

We’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform.

FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Iowa and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.

“We’re excited to see the buildout of new wireless facilities here in Dumont and across the state to give our first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to serve and protect those who may be in harm’s way,” said Tom Lampe, state point of contact for FirstNet in Iowa. “We look forward to continuing our work with AT&T to rollout the exclusive FirstNet communications platform in Iowa to help our first responders.”

We’re committed to our networks in Iowa

From 2015–2017, we invested nearly $120 million in our Iowa wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowans and their businesses.

In 2017, AT&T made more than 365 network enhancements across Iowa. This included new cell sites, the addition of network capacity and network upgrades. We are continuing our investments in our Iowa networks in 2018.


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*About AT&T Communications

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

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 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.

**Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd sourced studies.


For more information, contact:            
Mark Giga
AT&T Corporate Communications
612.206.0193

 

December 08, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Dustin Blythe

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting the U.S. Army, to connecting AT&T employees to career pipelines, or even connecting students to academic training, 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 Iowa, 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!

Best regards,

Dustin Blythe
Director External Affairs — Iowa & Nebraska


Don't Be One of the 5%

cyberaware

Five percent of consumers in the U.S. text their passwords to their accounts (not a good idea) … 5% of consumers use consecutive letters or numbers for their passwords (you might as well text those passwords to the bad guys in the first place) … 5% of consumers provide their personal or financial info to an email sender without verifying who they are.

The good news is that most Americans know that these are things we should not be doing online if we want to protect ourselves. The challenge is that the crooks are getting smarter, making it harder for consumers to know what to do to protect themselves online. That’s why AT&T just launched att.com/CyberAware.

Bookmark — and regularly visit — this site to learn about the latest tips for protecting yourself and your family, and stay up to date on the latest threats. From ID theft, to malware to robocalls and other concerns, we’ve put the resources all in one place.

*FleishmanHillard survey, on behalf of AT&T, of 1,020 American consumers age 18 and older online between Sept. 28 and Oct. 1, 2017

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December 07, 2017

U.S. Army Chooses AT&T for Modernized Global Communications

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

Army

With nearly 1 million users globally, the U.S. Army has chosen AT&T for its latest contract to unify and modernize their communications capabilities.

We’re providing the Army with a new way to think about connectivity. Our services will make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally. These services include voice, video, chat, instant messaging, presence and screen sharing. Army mechanics overseas can share screens with experts at a home station to speed repairs. Commanders and their staffs can use live video links to collaborate across different locations or direct troop operations abroad.

Army personnel in the U.S. and abroad will have access to these services on demand from their desktops, laptops and approved mobile devices. The Army will not need to buy new equipment. The services are cloud-based, and we will manage them. We are also delivering them in classified and highly secure unclassified formats.

“We’re honored to deliver capabilities that complement our vision of a ‘Network of the Future’ for the Army,” said Kay Kapoor, president, AT&T Global Public Sector. “These services will help the heroes who defend our nation to connect, share and keep us safe.”

The U.S. Army’s modernization efforts align with Department of Defense strategies to maintain the military’s technological advantage through the use of commercial cloud services.

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December 06, 2017

Employee Uncovers Grandpa’s Secret World War II AT&T Project that Changed the World

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

HistoryBrian Rexroad, vice president of Security Platforms in Bedminster, New Jersey, always knew that his grandfather Carl Rumpel had worked for AT&T. But when you’re a kid, you don’t think to ask what “Gramp” did from day to day. Recently, when going through one of his grandfather’s old journals, Brian made an amazing discovery: his grandfather fought Nazis, by helping to create a voice encryption system called SIGSALY.

“It’s one of the first — if not the first — voice encryption systems that was used by [Winston] Churchill and [Franklin D.] Roosevelt to communicate during a World War II effort,” Rexroad said.

Yes, the man Brian called “Gramp” was instrumental in creating technology that was used to defeat Nazi Germany. With stations set up in Washington, D.C., London and Northern Africa, SIGSALY allowed phone conversations without any unwanted listening in.

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December 05, 2017

Jobs for Iowa's Graduates and AT&T Team Up to Provide Academic and Career Training

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

Support is part of a $3.5 million contribution to Jobs for America’s Graduates and will help reach more Iowa youth at risk of dropping out of high school

JAG

Jobs for Iowa's Graduates and AT&T are working together to help raise the high school graduation rate and support career paths for underserved students. Because of its success in keeping kids in school, Jobs for Iowa's Graduates was one of 24 state affiliates selected to share in $3.5 million from AT&T.

The JAG program equips students to overcome obstacles to a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Test. The program does this through mentoring, academic support, links to social services, and other interventions. Students are guided into post-secondary education, entry-level jobs with pathways to successful careers or the military.

Jobs for Iowa's Graduates will use the $100,000 to support local students.

“Helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in 21st century careers is a critical step to building the diverse workforce we need to power our company — and our country — for the future,” said Dustin Blythe, Director of External Affairs, AT&T Iowa. “JAG has a track record of success, and this funding will allow them to provide even more students the opportunity to thrive.”

In 2016, JAG’s network of affiliates reported a 95% high school graduation rate, compared to the national graduation rate of 83% in 20151. Currently, the JAG model is offered in nearly 1,250 public high schools, community colleges, and alternative learning centers in 34 states.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg joined AT&T State Director Dustin Blythe to present a $100,000 contribution to iJAG to expand to five additional sites. We were thrilled to celebrate the contribution at Boone High School late last month. Read more about it here.

In more than 3 decades of operation, JAG has helped more than 1.2 million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality, entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. The JAG Graduating Class of 2016 achieved 84% successful outcomes, meaning students were enrolled in post-secondary education or were employed (or some combination of the two) for a full 12 months after they graduated from high school.

Since 2008, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have provided more than $11.4 million in funding to JAG and its local affiliates. This support is part of AT&T Aspire, which helps provide access to education and the training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, AT&T has committed $400 million to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world.

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November 01, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by AT&T Iowa Team

Veterans Day is a day of reflection. Reflecting on our country’s past. Reflecting on where we are today. And, most importantly, reflecting on those who fought for our freedoms.

AT&T has a long history of supporting our military and First Responders. We’ve committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by the year 2020. We’re also using our talents to construct a public safety broadband network called FirstNet to connect our First Responders in new ways.

On Veterans Day and every day, we are thankful for our service members.

Join me this Veterans Day in thanking our heroes for their bravery and sacrifices.

Veterans day

To join us in thanking a veteran or military family, share a photo, video or a simple note of gratitude on social media using #ThankOurHeroes.

We are proud to join our voices together with a message to veterans: thank you for your service!

Sincerely,

Dustin Blythe
Director, External Affairs — Iowa & Nebraska

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October 11, 2017

Finding answers to Iowa's hardest questions

Posted by Dustin Blythe

It’s hard to believe that there are only 3 months left in 2017. We have accomplished so much but, as always, there is more work to be done. That’s because at AT&T we find answers to the hard questions Iowa and the rest of our country face. From a modernized first responders network to diversity in businesses and in STEM education, you, and the rest of the AT&T family, make this possible. As I am sure you already know, many members in our family have weathered 4 unprecedented natural disasters just weeks apart. I want you to know that we as a company have their backs, just like they have ours. The road to recover will be long, and we will be with them every step of the way.

Thanks for reading,

Dustin Blythe
Director External Affairs — Iowa & Nebraska


AT&T Iowa is proud to support the Des Moines University Glanton Scholarship fund

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Earlier this month I was very pleased to present President Angela Franklin with an $11,000 contribution to the Des Moines University Glanton Scholarship fund. The fund supports scholarships for minority students under-represented in the health professions, as well as diversity initiatives that benefit all students. Joining me for the presentation were scholarship recipients who shared the difference the scholarship makes in their pursuit of a degree in health care. I was inspired by their stories and appreciative of Des Moines University providing us the opportunity to support these students in their academic and professional careers.

At AT&T we know that diverse, talented and dedicated individuals are critical to our success, so we look for people from various backgrounds and give them opportunities to grow. We have long been a leader in providing an inclusive work environment, offering performance-based rewards and creating a culture of excellence. It is with this value firmly in mind that we have been proud to support the Glanton Scholarship fund for the past 3 years, contributing more than $30,000.

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October 10, 2017

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

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Two earthquakes in Mexico and a trio of hurricanes in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Houston, Louisiana and Florida have left widespread damage.

In our efforts to restore service to these areas, we've had great collaboration with government officials and others. But our people — doing the difficult, exhausting work — are making a tremendous difference.

During Hurricane Harvey, AT&T technician Hector Carrillo hauled water out of the AT&T Southwest Houston central office — 5 gallons at a time — until it could be restarted. By the time EHS arrived, Hector had removed 140 gallons of water, totaling 28 trips in waist-deep water!

There’s no doubt these disasters were merciless — 4 disasters in 4 regions in 4 weeks is hard to fathom. Many people in these communities are hurting. And there's still massive restoration to be done. But we're dedicated to seeing it through for our employees, customers and communities.

See below for a summary on our response and ongoing efforts.



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Across Mexico, buildings collapsed, and there were many fires and gas leaks. Transportation systems were shut down, including highways, parts of the subway system and parts of the Mexico City airport.

Our teams continue to work around the clock and have made great progress on our network. However, the country is still under a national emergency. We are supporting CENACED, an organization actively working to aid relief efforts in Mexico and have given our customers in Mexico an option to support those affected by the earthquake by donating to the organization.



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As the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face a long road of recovery, we’re bringing much-needed relief. Significant storm damage, power outages and flooding interrupted service throughout the regions.

In Puerto Rico, a total power outage has affected movement and distribution of relief supplies, but John Donovan, AT&T Communications CEO, and our Network team landed in San Juan to help assess damage, develop recovery plans and donate bottled water, generators and other supplies.

In the meantime, we set up a website that will let anyone stateside (regardless of carrier) to register the cell phone number of a family member or friend who is an AT&T wireless customer in Puerto Rico. Thus far, thousands of people have signed up. When the Puerto Rico-based customer’s cell phone connects to our network in Puerto Rico, the customer will be notified that their family or friends in the U.S. have been trying to contact them.

We are also focused on network restoration in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’ve set up a portable cell site in St. Thomas. Some network services have been restored there and throughout the rest of the Virgin Islands.

We continue to work closely with local authorities. And we're ready to begin work just as soon as we can do it safely.



Florida

Our wireless network is operating normally. The number of wireline customers without service is shrinking. We’ve brought in more than 100 additional technicians from outside Florida. More than 98% of affected network equipment is back in service. We’re adding power equipment where needed to maintain and restore wireline service. We have more than 180 wireline facilities on battery power and more than 90 on generator power.

So far, we’re working to replace more than 800,000 feet of cable. More than 1,500 utility poles have been broken or damaged and need to be replaced.



Texas and Louisiana

While Harvey resulted in terrible flooding, Irma left severe wind damage. The devastation wrought by these disasters will require a long-term effort to rebuild. The one bright spot in all this is that we're making solid progress restoring our operations in those areas. We've accomplished a lot in our response to Harvey.

All our stores are open in South Texas and Louisiana. Our wireline and wireless networks are business as usual. Accessibility and safety for our teams on the ground were a major concern. But in working around the clock with officials, we were able to find ways to get into many areas.

Response

Be sure to check out a blog post by Joan Marsh, AT&T executive vice president, Regulatory & State External Affairs, titled The Tale of Three Storms.

For live AT&T Response and Updates on the recent natural disasters, please visit the AT&T Newsroom. For updates in Spanish, please visit our AT&T Spanish Newscenter.

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October 09, 2017

FirstNet momentum: 26 states and territories transform first responder communications with FirstNet

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StatesNearly half of the country has moved to modernize communications for fire, police, emergency medical services (EMS) and other public safety personnel who bravely protect and serve their communities.

As of Oct. 11, 26 states and territories have announced their decision to opt in to the FirstNet network — America’s only communications platform purpose-built for public safety. Both AT&T* and FirstNet committed significant resources to improve communications among first responders and members of the public safety community. With an opt-in decision, FirstNet, together with AT&T, bears the financial risk associated with the network in each state or territory and will require no additional financial resources from the state or territory to deploy or operate the network.

The FirstNet network is the only wireless, broadband network specially designed through consultation and feedback from public safety to ensure it meets their current and future technology needs. States have received their updated state plans.

For more information on a governor’s decision to opt in, go to firstnet.gov/the-governors-decision-media-kit. Opt-in updates can be tracked here: firstnet.gov. For information on subscribing to FirstNet, please go to FirstNet.com.

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October 08, 2017

From the front lines to the C-suite: Diversity at AT&T

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ExecsAt AT&T, our strength doesn’t just lie in our leading products and services. It’s in the diversity of the people who make, sell and fix them.

Diversity touches every level of our organization. You can see it from the front lines all the way to the C-suite.

Recently, African American lifestyle magazine, PIVOT, recognized AT&T as part of its inaugural list of Top Companies for African Americans. We were acknowledged for our commitment to inclusion, building a diverse workforce and more.

The issue also features a 10-page spread that highlights 10 AT&T leaders and features them on the magazine’s cover.

The leaders discussed their contribution to our company’s success and the impact diversity has on our overall business. You can learn more about each leader through personal accounts from their mentees and team members.

This edition of PIVOT magazine is in stores now. Or, visit mypivotmagazine.com to read the spread online.

For more information on AT&T’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit about.att.com/sites/diversity.

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October 07, 2017

AT&T promotes positivity and kindness in online conversations

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AT&T is empowering teens to rise above online negativity through the #LaterHaters campaign. Because, let’s face it, between perfect 'grams and snaps,' it’s easy to forget the power we hold in the palm of our hands. 


“We hope teens will not only say ‘later haters’ to online hate, but also flip the conversation to one that’s positive,” said Beth Shiroishi, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, AT&T.

Parents can encourage their children to check out the program and follow the hashtag #LaterHaters on Instagram. We’ve also developed a Parent Guide that offers context and tips for talking with our youth about online behavior, specifically how to help kids protect their reputation and look out for online abuse.

Let’s come together to make a change. Let’s start a conversation that becomes a movement.

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October 06, 2017

Roadtrip Nation presents: A Balanced Equation

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Balanced equationWomen make up 48% of the workforce, but only 23% of women hold jobs in STEM. A new documentary series titled “A Balanced Equation” seeks to challenge this inequality by highlighting stories of women leaving their unique marks on the STEM fields. 


A Balanced Equation — the 14th season of “Roadtrip Nation”— follows 3 young women on a cross-country journey as they meet and interview women who have built fulfilling careers in science, technology, engineering and math. With support from AT&T through its Aspire initiative, we hope this series will inspire young women to pursue their own career path in one of these fields and help close the gap between men and women in the STEM workforce.

To watch “A Balanced Equation” or to find local broadcast airtimes, visit: http://roadtripnation.com/roadtrip/women-in-stem.

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September 12, 2017

Heading back to school

Posted by Dustin Blythe

I want to wish all of our youth, from kindergarteners to seniors in college, the best of luck with their studies as a new school year begins. This time of the year is exciting and usually synonymous with words like “change” and “transformation.” At AT&T, that feeling of innovation never goes away because we are always planning for the future in Iowa. From healthcare to education, AT&T is finding innovative solutions to help us all become smarter, healthier and more connected. That’s why I am excited to share the stories below with you today.

Best regards,

Dustin Blythe
Director External Affairs — Iowa & Nebraska

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