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February 20, 2018

Congress needs to establish an 'Internet Bill of Rights'

Posted by Mike Scott

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.
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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,

Mike Scott
President — AT&T Kansas


Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

PeopleGovernment 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

October 27, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Mike Scott

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,

Mike Scott
President — AT&T Kansas

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July 25, 2017

AT&T Gives $8,000 for Career Training Program for Lansing Students with Special Needs

Posted by AT&T Kansas Team

AT&T* announced a $8,000 contribution to help support the Lansing Education Foundation’s Transitioning for Life Success Project. The funding will help provide cutting-edge programming, training materials, and instructional supplies for post-secondary job placement and career goal support for Lansing’s students with special needs.

Names of those pictured left to right: Nineveh Carvan LEF Executive Director/ Christine Aus LEF President/ Representative Debbie Deere- USD #469 Board of Education Member & Kansas House Representative / Chris Carroll AT&T Kansas External Affairs/ Darrel Stufflebeam USD #469 Superintendent

“With AT&T’s contribution, we can help expand career prospects for our students with specials needs and help them gain essential life-long learning skills,” said Ninevah Carvan, director, Lansing Education Foundation. “Collaborations with community partners like AT&T help us increase educational and employment opportunities for our students. We are grateful for their generosity and support for the Transitioning for Life Success Project.”

“Investing in our students and in education is one the best decisions we can make for our community,” said State Representative Debbie Deere. “By engaging educators and leveraging AT&T’s contribution, the Lansing Education Foundation is helping enhance the career and academic prospects for these students with special needs and giving them skills they need to have a bright future outside the classroom.”

The contribution will support a Career Awareness Center, which will create programming based on job and life skills needed to be successful in the work place including money management, self-advocacy, interviewing, resume building, time management and organizational skills. Additionally, students will also attend a Transitions Job Fair that will expose students to numerous careers, university life and real job interviewing experience with local business community members.

“Education has been a priority for AT&T for more than a century, and we believe that when we invest in education, we are making our communities stronger, safer and more economically sustainable,” said Mike Scott, president, AT&T Kansas. “We are proud to support the Lansing Education Foundation and the Lansing Transition for Life Success Project, which will help spur more career opportunities for students with special needs.”

AT&T’s support for the Lansing Education Foundation is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to education. AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships — to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. Through AT&T Aspire, we have passed the $300 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008–2017.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.

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Chris Lester
AT&T Corporate Communications
Phone: 816.223.4727
Email: chris.lester@att.com

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July 25, 2017

Here are our diverse commitments and improved solutions

Posted by Mike Scott

Dear Friends,

“How can we do it better?” That’s a question AT&T is always trying to answer. And once we find an answer, we begin working on making that solution even better.  Below you’ll find some updates about our diverse commitments to investing in and finding new and improved solutions.

From investing nearly $775 million the last 3 years in our Kansas wired and wireless networks — underwriting a mobile giving campaign for Kansas firefighters — to blocking a billion robocalls for a more desirable phone experience — AT&T is committed to seeing how “the power of &” can change all our lives for the better.

Sincerely,

Mike Scott
President — AT&T Kansas

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July 25, 2017

AT&T invests more than $775 million over 3-year period to enhance local networks in Kansas

Posted by AT&T Kansas Team

Kansas CapExInvestments that we make in Kansas provide for faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity for our community — and improve critical services that support public safety and first responders. That’s why we’ve invested more than $775 million in our Kansas wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016.

In 2016, AT&T made 630 wireless network upgrades in Kansas, including new cell sites, expanded capacity at existing cell sites.

Following last year’s passage of wireless siting legislation, AT&T will continue its investment in Kansas with additional upgrades.

Thanks to the support and the hard work of the legislature and other Kansas leaders, we're now speeding our wireless buildout plans in Kansas with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to improving our mobile network. This investment will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should the State of Kansas opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders.

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July 25, 2017

Text to Donate — Help Kansas Firefighters

Posted by AT&T Kansas Team

Text Wildfires to 80077 to donate $10 to Kansas FirefightersAT&T* is underwriting a text-to-give campaign to support contributions for the Kansas State Firefighters Association and help the rural fire departments that responded to the recent wildfires, which burned more than 650,000 acres in Kansas — the largest in state history.

“While so many Kansas communities are recovering from the recent wildfire outbreak, it is amazing to see the outpouring of generosity and support,” said Eric Voss, vice president, Kansas State Firefighters Association. “We are grateful for AT&T’s effort to underwrite this mobile giving campaign, which will help provide support to those that put their lives on the line to respond to these devastating fires.”

"Our prayers go out to the communities and families recovering from the wildfires. It is times like these that test our resolve, resiliency and strength as individuals and as a community. Kansans come through for each other in times of need. And this time will be no different," said Mike Scott, president, AT&T Kansas. "At AT&T, we wanted to make it easy for folks to help support their local firefighters who responded to these devastating fires, which is why we set up this text-to-give campaign.”

Working with the Kansas State Firefighters Association, AT&T is helping support a text-to-give campaign for the Association. Donations will be used to assist rural Kansas fire departments with training and equipment purchases.

Wireless customers looking to provide support to Kansas fire departments can text-to-donate to the Kansas State Firefighters Association, using the instructions below.

Donations sent via text-to-donate are added to a customer’s monthly wireless bill. Participating carriers include all major wireless carriers.

Text WILDFIRES to 80077 to make a $10 donation to the Kansas State Firefighters Association.

** When prompted, reply to confirm the donation.
*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.
** $10.00 donation to Kansas State Firefighters Association. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 80077 to STOP. Text HELP to 80077 for HELP. Full Terms: mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy: mGive.org/P

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July 25, 2017

More than 1 billion robocalls blocked

Posted by AT&T Kansas Team

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AT&T has blocked its billionth unwanted robocall, using a new program that detects violators through network data analysis.

The AT&T Fraud Management team and AT&T big data scientists created the system. It examines more than 1.5 billion calls each day for patterns that indicate robocallers. It then drills down on suspicious activity that may be illegal or forbidden. One example is multiple short-duration calls to numbers on the National Do Not Call list.

AT&T staff examines a preliminary list of suspected robocallers daily. They conduct further research to avoid suspending legitimate automated calls, such as school districts or others who send large volumes of recorded messages.

AT&T is blocking robocalls in cases where our business contracts allow us to block impermissible traffic. The FCC recently proposed new rules to give carriers even more flexibility to “target and eliminate unlawful robocalls.” These new rules could allow carriers to stop literally billions more unwanted calls from reaching consumers.

In recent weeks, the AT&T program has been averaging 12 million blocked calls per weekday.

“Our data science team took on a challenge to analyze and address the problem. We knew the winners would be our customers,” said Jenifer Robertson, senior vice president for Technology Strategy, AT&T.

The analytics-based blocking program works against those who use the AT&T network to send robocalls. It joins other AT&T efforts that help protect people from receiving unwanted calls.

blue dotAT&T Call Protect is a free service announced in December. It automatically blocks fraud calls and gives screen alerts for suspected incoming spam calls. It works for eligible AT&T wireless customers with HD Voice.

blue dotOur website, att.com/fraud, has a form where customers can report unwanted calls and texts to help us block future calls.

blue dotThe FCC also provides resources for consumers at fcc.gov/unwanted-calls.

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May 24, 2017

AT&T honoring our nation’s heroes

Posted by AT&T Kansas Team

While we are grateful for our nation’s heroes every day, Memorial Day offers a national day to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.

At AT&T, we know our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. It is an honor to support them, and, this year, AT&T is a proud sponsor of Carry The Load.

Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. This includes a national, 6,200-mile relay where veterans and citizens honor those heroes’ sacrifice and take a turn experiencing the weight of a rucksack. All of the money raised at this event goes directly to support Carry The Load’s Continuum of Care program where partner charities are on the front lines to help those heroes and their families who have given so much to this country.

Why I Carry The Load

In 2003, AT&T employee Matt Foster, then a soldier in the US Army, left his family, friends and future wife for an overseas deployment. His Forward Operating Base (FOB) would often go on “Comms Blackout,” usually meaning a soldier on his FOB had been killed or seriously injured and their family was being officially notified. It’s that experience that led Matt to get involved with Carry The Load.

At AT&T, we are honored to support our nation’s service men and women. Learn more about our support for veterans and the military here and see Carry The Load’s full relay route from coast to coast here.

Enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day.

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May 09, 2017

AT&T Invests More Than $775 Million Over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks in Kansas

Posted by AT&T Kansas Team

At AT&T, we’ve invested more than $775 million in our Kansas wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2016, AT&T made nearly 630 wireless network upgrades in Kansas. These upgrades included new cell sites, the addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.

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

"Last year, Gov. Brownback signed legislation that encourages companies to invest more in wireless infrastructure. Thanks to his support, and the hard work of the legislature and other Kansas leaders, we're now speeding our wireless buildout plans in Kansas with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to improving its mobile network," said Mike Scott, president, AT&T Kansas. "This investment will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead."

“Access to technology is a key economic driver and can transform a small or new business helping it innovate and grow,” said state Sen. Rob Olson, chair of the Senate Utilities Committee. “AT&T’s network investments in Kansas help ensure that our state’s businesses and residents have the tools they need to stay connected and are well-positioned for future innovations.”

The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Kansas network enhancements in 2016 included:

  • Nearly 630 wireless network upgrades, including new cell sites and expanded capacity at existing cell sites.
  • Expansion of the AT&T Fiber ultra-fast internet footprint, which now reaches nearly 125,000 living units in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
  • Expansion of the Distributed Antenna System at the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should Kansas opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders.

And we would expect to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain the Kansas FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.

For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We also No. 37 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired companies.

AT&T is the only telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.

We continue to expand the scope of our ultra-fast internet powered by AT&T Fiber.

We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.² We also now market a 1 gigabit connection³ on our 100% fiber network to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas. We plan to reach at least 75 major metros overall. We expect to add 2 million locations in 2017, and we plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.

We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home internet customers get access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network4 at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

To learn more about our coverage in Kansas, or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

¹ AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
² Based on publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint.
³ Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
4  Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.

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*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q3+Q4 2016 across 121 markets.

**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

From FORTUNE Magazine, March 1, 2017. 2017 Time Inc. FORTUNE© and The World's Most Admired Companies® are registered trademarks of Time Inc. and are used under License. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, AT&T.

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April 03, 2017

AT&T Underwrites Text to Give Campaign for Kansas State Firefighters Association

Posted by AT&T Kansas Team

AT&T* is underwriting a text-to-give campaign to support contributions for the Kansas State Firefighters Association and help the rural fire departments that responded to the recent wildfires, which burned more than 650,000 acres in Kansas – the largest in state history.

“While so many Kansas communities are recovering from the recent wildfire outbreak, it is amazing to see the outpouring of generosity and support,” said Eric Voss, vice president, Kansas State Firefighters Association. “We are grateful for AT&T’s effort to underwrite this mobile giving campaign, which will help provide support to those that put their lives on the line to respond to these devastating fires.”

"Our prayers go out to the communities and families recovering from the wildfires. It is times like these that test our resolve, resiliency and strength as individuals and as a community. Kansans come through for each other in times of need. And this time will be no different," said Mike Scott, president, AT&T Kansas. "At AT&T, we wanted to make it easy for folks to help support their local firefighters who responded to these devastating fires, which is why we set up this text-to-give campaign.”

Working with the Kansas State Firefighters Association, AT&T is helping support a text-to-give campaign for the Association. Donations will be used to assist rural Kansas fire departments with training and equipment purchases.

Wireless customers looking to provide support to Kansas fire departments can text-to-donate to the Kansas State Firefighters Association using the instructions below. Donations sent via text-to-donate are added to a customer’s monthly wireless bill. Participating carriers include all major wireless carriers.

Text WILDFIRES to 80077 to make a $10 donation to the Kansas State Firefighters Association.

** When prompted, reply to confirm the donation.

*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.

** $10.00 donation to Kansas State Firefighters Association. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 80077 to STOP. Text HELP to 80077 for HELP. Full Terms: mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy: mGive.org/P

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