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January 07, 2019

Turbines on the rise: Introducing “AT&T Windstrong”

Posted by AT&T Kentucky

Hundreds of wind turbines are on the rise at 4 wind energy centers now under construction as part of AT&T’s commitment to renewable energy. Standing nearly 500 feet tall, these turbines will help deliver up to 820 megawatts (MW) of clean, wind energy to the American power grid. The projects will be among the first to go online as part of AT&T’s renewable energy program – and our employees have voted to call them: AT&T Windstrong.

After a recent visit to one of the AT&T-backed wind farms under development, I agree with my colleagues that AT&T Windstrong is a fitting name for the collection of turbines that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking more than 530,000 cars off the road a year.1 And, as they are going up, our AT&T-backed projects are creating as many as 1,000 construction jobs and dozens of full-time jobs in local communities.2

AT&T employees are passionate about serving our communities and caring for our world. From the beginning, our employees have shown great enthusiasm and support for our renewable energy investments. So, we invited them to help us name the first AT&T-backed wind projects.

Thousands of AT&T team members cast their votes and selected the name: AT&T Windstrong. 

We’re proud of our investments that are helping to enable a clean energy future. As one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the country,3 these investments are helping to scale an energy solution that’s critical to the transition to a low-carbon economy. And, we’re very pleased to give them a name our employees have selected.

With the backing of our employees, and in collaboration with partners such as NextEra Energy Resources,4 we’ve made a long-term commitment to renewable energy. It’s one way we’re working to care for the planet — and it’s a key part of our 10x Carbon Reduction Goal to enable carbon savings 10x the footprint of our operations by 2025.

Check out this footage of one AT&T-backed wind energy center now coming to life and stay tuned for updates on our renewable energy program at att.com/renewable-energy.

Learn about AT&T’s other environmental and social responsibility initiatives at att.com/csr.

1EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator
2Source: NextEra Energy Resources. Email: Media.Relations@NextEraEnergy.com | Phone: 561-694-444
3Business Renewables Center (2017). BRC Deal Tracker. http://businessrenewables.org/corporate-transactions/
4NextEra Energy Resources will build, own and operate the AT&T-backed projects. For more information on NextEra Energy Resources, visit www.nexteraenergy.com

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January 07, 2019

AT&T 5G is now live in parts of 12 U.S. cities

Posted by AT&T Kentucky

5G technology is an evolution, not a single event. In 2018, AT&T was the first and only company in the U.S. to offer a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network. We brought mobile 5G to 12 cities last year, and plan to reach at least 19 cities in early 2019.

Meanwhile, we’ve been hard at work laying the foundation with 5G Evolution, as well as LTE-LAA. Indeed, we’ve made the nation’s best network — according to America’s biggest test1 — even better by announcing 99 new 5G Evolution markets. This brings our total number of markets with these technologies to 239. 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 megabits per second.2 We offer 5G Evolution in over 400 markets. In the first half of 2019, we plan to offer nationwide coverage, making 5G Evolution available to over 200 million people.

The other technology we’re using to lay the mobile 5G foundation is LTE-LAA. With LTE-LAA, the network technologies have a peak theoretical wireless speed for capable devices of 1 gigabit per second.2 LTE-LAA is now live in parts of more than 20 cities.

In terms of devices, we offer 13 different ones capable of accessing both 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA network technologies. The devices include: LG V30 and LG V35 ThinQ, Motorola Z2 Force Edition, Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Router, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 series devices and others, including a 5G smartphone from Samsung in the first half of 2019. 
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1 Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd source studies.
2 Actual speeds are lower and will vary. See http://about.att.com/sites/broadband/performance for more information on wireless speeds.


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January 05, 2019

AT&T and Cradlepoint Provide the First Step on the Path to 5G for First Responders

Posted by AT&T Kentucky

First Responders

Access to New Cradlepoint Routers Gives FirstNet and AT&T Users the Fastest Speeds Possible Today with an Upgradable Path to 5G in the Future

As AT&T drives the future of 5G closer, we’re working with Cradlepoint to help first responders and businesses prepare for this coming shift. Now, Cradlepoint’s latest in-office and rugged in-vehicle 5G Evolution routers are available only on the FirstNet communications platform and AT&T network.1 The devices provide first responders and businesses with the fastest speeds possible today2 while also giving them a path to easily upgrade to 5G in the future.

These Cradlepoint 5G Evolution routers are available only to FirstNet subscribers and AT&T business customers until March 2019.

IBR900-1200M and IBR1700-1200M – Ruggedized, GPS-enabled mobile routers built to connect a wide range of in-vehicle applications that can be used in a variety of public safety and commercial settings: police cruisers, ambulances, fire apparatuses, mobile command centers, public utility vehicles, school buses, delivery trucks, taxi and limo fleets, and more.

AER2200-1200M – An all-in-one office router designed for small- to medium-sized businesses.

MC400-1200M – A modular modem that can be used with applicable Cradlepoint routers to provide primary or secondary LTE connectivity on the FirstNet communications platform or other AT&T networks.
These routers provide fast, highly secure and reliable wireless connectivity today. And their modular modem design will allow users to easily upgrade the routers as new technologies become available. Cradlepoint and AT&T are collaborating on the development of 5G solutions that will provide public safety and business customers with a path to full 5G connectivity in the future.

“The new opportunities that 5G will bring have captured the interest and imagination of both the public safety and enterprise sectors,” said Brian Partridge, vice president at 451 Research. “AT&T and Cradlepoint are helping lay the foundation for future 5G success by helping bring faster speeds to these groups today while collaborating to deliver a potential pathway to full 5G as it becomes available in the future.”


For Public Safety

These Cradlepoint devices are certified as FirstNet Ready™, undergoing more than 3,500 tests. That means first responders using these routers can experience fast connections while still benefitting from FirstNet’s unique qualities, like enhanced security on a dedicated and physically separate network core, prioritized communications, increased coverage and capacity through Band 14, and more.

With multiple device options available, public safety entities have the flexibility to choose the right tool for the job. For example, Cradlepoint’s in-vehicle router could be used to enhance first responders’ ability to send and receive high-quality video while in the field and enable computer-aided dispatch (CAD) for police cruisers, fire trucks, or ambulances. Public safety entities could also drop the router into a mobile command center to establish connectivity during a disaster or planned event.

“Uniting the unmatched benefits of FirstNet with the future promises of 5G can unlock a whole new world of public safety potential. These Cradlepoint devices serve as an important step in that progression,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, FirstNet at AT&T. “By bringing these devices to the FirstNet ecosystem, we can continue to keep public safety on the cutting-edge in network technology. First responders can benefit from fast speeds today while getting a path to easily move to 5G at a future state without having to fully rip and replace their equipment.”

FirstNet subscribers can get in touch with their local sales rep to order these Cradlepoint devices. New customers can order by visiting FirstNet.com and clicking on “contact us.”

More on our path to 5G can be found at att.com/5Gnews.


1Until March 2019
2These new edge solutions take advantage of AT&T’s 5G Evolution network – capable of reaching peak theoretical speeds of at least 400 megabits per second for capable devices3 – and LTE-LAA network – capable of reaching peak theoretical speeds of 1 gigabit per second for capable devices.3 By the end of the year, 5G Evolution will be available in more than 400 markets with nationwide coverage planned for 2019. And LTE-LAA is in parts of 31 cities with more coming this year.
3Actual speeds are lower and will vary. See http://about.att.com/sites/broadband/performance for more information on wireless speeds.

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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 Hood Harris
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*

Additionally, I wanted to let you know that a veterans Employee Resource Group has recently been formed in Kentucky. To learn more, visit their Facebook page or email veterans@cwalocal3310.org.

Sincerely,

Hood Harris
President — AT&T Kentucky


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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.

August 15, 2018

AT&T Invests More Than $700 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Kentucky

Posted by AT&T Kentucky Team

At AT&T1, we've invested more than $700 million in our Kentucky 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 1100 wireless network upgrades in Kentucky. Notable network enhancements included 15 new cell sites across the Commonwealth and 8 new Distributed Antenna Systems in Anderson, Daviess, Fayette, Franklin, Henderson, Jefferson and Scott Counties.

These upgrades included boosting network capacity and expanding LTE coverage.

"It is encouraging to see investment in the Commonwealth following the pursuit of pro-business policies in the general assembly," said Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne. "As Kentuckians change how they communicate, it is vital that we continue to pursue policies that promote private investments in our networks to ensure our families and businesses have access to the technologies required in our 21st century economy."

"Every day we hear of new communications technologies emerging, and many of those innovative products rely on easy access to high-speed Internet," said Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers. "That is why this continuing effort by private industry to invest in Kentucky's communications network is so important for businesses and families throughout the Commonwealth."

"Access to fast communications infrastructure is a key ingredient of business growth, education, and workforce development," said Dave Adkisson, president, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. "We are thankful for the increased investment and connectivity and look to our policy makers to continue to be a driving force for the spread of top performing internet access to all of Kentucky's schools, businesses, and families."

The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. 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.

"We're now speeding our wireless build out plans in Kentucky with millions of dollars dedicated to improving its mobile network," said Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky. "This investment will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead."

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 Kentucky 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 more than 150,000 customer locations in the Kentucky area.

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 Kentucky, 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.

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1 AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

2 Based on publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint.

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

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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.

*About AT&T

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

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

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

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August 09, 2018

AT&T Expands Access to High Speed Internet in the Kyndle Region and other Rural and Underserved Areas of Kentucky

Posted by AT&T Kentucky Team

AT&T is Now Offering Fixed Wireless Internet Service to Rural Portions of 18 States, Including Parts of 51 Counties Across Kentucky

AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet1 for rural and underserved locations is now available to residents and small businesses in parts of Henderson, McLean, Union and Webster counties, including Calhoun, Clay, Corydon, Dixon, Henderson, Morganfield, Providence, Sebree and Slaughters.

This rollout, now in 18 states, began in 2017. The company now offers Fixed Wireless Internet to over 440,000 locations across 18 states with plans to provide access to over 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020.

“This is a great day for West Kentucky,” said Senator Dorsey Ridley. “In today’s world, high-speed connectivity is vital to our workforce and economy. I’m excited to see the investment and growing interest in bringing enhanced connectivity to our rural Kentucky communities.”

Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using AT&T fiber optics.  AT&T has more than 980,000 strand miles of AT&T fiber optics covering Kentucky, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Kentucky businesses and residents need. 

“I have no doubt that the constant support and hard work of our state and local leaders has kept the need for high-speed Internet across the Kyndle region as a priority,” said Tony Iriti, CEO of Kyndle. “Today’s announcement is a product of their commitment to this community, and this expanded connectivity will benefit residents and businesses throughout our 4-county area.”

“AT&T is proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity Kentucky’s residents and businesses demand,” said AT&T Kentucky president Hood Harris. “Through this new AT&T service, we are helping close the remaining connectivity gap in our commonwealth.”

In addition to Kentucky, the service is available to residents and businesses in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. 

To learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, go to att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.

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1Includes 170GB data allowance per month. Req’s installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.

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

*About AT&T Communications

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

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

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

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

August 09, 2018

AT&T Expands Access to High Speed Internet in Daviess County and other Rural and Underserved Areas of Kentucky

Posted by AT&T Kentucky Team

AT&T is Now Offering Fixed Wireless Internet Service to Rural Portions of 18 States, Including Parts of 51 Counties Across Kentucky

AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet1 for rural and underserved locations is now available to residents and small businesses in parts of Daviess County, including Owensboro, Philpot and Whitesville.

This rollout, now in 18 states, began in 2017. The company now offers Fixed Wireless Internet to over 440,000 locations across 18 states with plans to provide access to over 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020.

“Daviess County is an incredible place to raise a family and run a business,” said Senator Joe Bowen. “We must have a 21st Century infrastructure to keep it that way, and access to high-speed Internet is key. I applaud AT&T for their continued investment and work to enhance high-speed connectivity for residents and businesses in rural Kentucky.”

Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas1.

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using AT&T fiber optics.  AT&T has more than 980,000 strand miles of AT&T fiber optics covering Kentucky, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Kentucky businesses and residents need.

“This expansion of internet access to rural residents is such good news,” said Candace Castlen Brake, President & CEO, Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. “Technology infrastructure is an integral part of our community being economically competitive.”

“AT&T is proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity Kentucky’s residents and businesses demand,” said AT&T Kentucky president Hood Harris. “Through this new AT&T service, we are helping close the remaining connectivity gap in our commonwealth.”

In addition to Kentucky, AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is available to residents and businesses in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. 

To learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, go to att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.

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 1Includes 170GB data allowance per month. Req’s installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.

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

*About AT&T Communications

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

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

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

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

August 09, 2018

AT&T Plans to Launch Our 100% Fiber Network Powered by AT&T Fiber in Bowling Green Area

Posted by AT&T Kentucky Team

Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds to be Available to Homes, Apartments and Small Business Locations in Parts of Warren County

AT&T plans to launch ultra-fast internet service in parts of Warren County. At launch, we will offer a 1 gigabit connection1 on our 100% fiber network powered by AT&T FiberSM to area homes, apartments and small business locations.2

We’ve already launched our fastest internet service in 70 metros nationwide, and Bowling Green is one of 13 additional metro areas currently underway. In 2018, we plan to add 3 million more locations on our path to reach at least 12.5 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019.

“With today's announcement, more Kentuckians will be able to access the internet at the speed of light,” said Sen. Mike Wilson. “I am glad to see these continuing investments from the private sector and am certain that the increased ability to tout Warren County’s connectivity to fiber-optic internet further strengthens the reputations of our communities.”

"Connectivity to high-speed internet is invaluable in our increasingly digital age, and fiber-optic networks like AT&T's are essential in keeping our businesses productive and successful,” said Matt Tackett, President & CEO, Kentucky Association for Economic Development.  “As we continue to pursue policies that create an investment-friendly environment, I am confident private industry will continue to expand and upgrade Kentucky’s communications networks.”

“The investments AT&T is making in Kentucky are delivering the modern communications services that Kentuckians demand, and we are excited to extend our 100% fiber-optic network even further throughout the Commonwealth to bring gigabit class speeds to residential and small business areas in Warren County,” said Hood Harris, president, AT&T Kentucky. “The hard work of the men and women at AT&T is turning our investments into high-speed connections that can serve as catalysts for new jobs and economic growth.”

AT&T Internet 1000, is our fastest internet speed tier on our 100% fiber network. It is offered at $70 per month for customers who bundle with another AT&T service on a single bill, or only $80 per month standalone. Either way, there are no extra monthly fees and equipment is included with a 12-month agreement.3 Customers are also able to add our award-winning DIRECTV or U-verse TV service as well. We have single, double and triple play offers to fit each customer’s needs.

What can I do with a service that starts with a 1 gig connection?

You can download 25 songs in 1 second or your favorite 90-minute HD movie in less than 34 seconds.4 Customers can enjoy our fastest upload and download speeds.

You can also quickly access and stream the latest online movies, music and games. These ultrafast speeds let you easily telecommute, video-conference, upload and download photos and videos, and connect faster to the cloud.

AT&T in Kentucky:

AT&T has invested nearly $700 million in its wireless and wireline networks in Kentucky between 2014 through 2016. This drives upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

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1Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.

2Initial availability limited to select areas. May not be available in your area. Go to  https://www.att.com/internet/ to see if you qualify.

3After 12 months, price moves to standard rate of $90/mo.

4Speed/Time examples are estimates.

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

*About AT&T

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

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

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

May 29, 2018

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

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

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

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

How we prepare our network:

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

Response equipment we use in the wake of an event:

  • Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers, like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs)
  • Emergency Communications Vehicles (ECVs)
  • Flying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs)
  • Drones
  • A self-sufficient base camp. It’s complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and meals ready to eat (MREs).
  • Hazmat equipment and supplies
  • Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning
  • Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts.

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

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

As we prepare, so should you.

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

Customer Tips:

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

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January 25, 2018

Parts of 51 counties across Kentucky now eligible for AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet service

Posted by Hood Harris

This month, we are proud to announce AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet¹ is now available in rural and underserved locations in parts of 51 counties in Kentucky.

Our Fixed Wireless Internet is a cost-effective way to deploy high-quality, high-speed internet to customers who are living in rural and unserved locations. In Kentucky, we plan to reach more than 84,000 locations with this innovative service by 2020, substantially closing the remaining connectivity gap.

The service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of 10Mbps or faster from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer's home or business in the FCC-identified census blocks. It is $60 per month standalone with a 1-year agreement and just $50 per month if bundled with another AT&T service.


Fixed WirelessParts of the following 51 counties in Kentucky are now eligible for AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet service:

Anderson, Bell, Bourbon, Boyle, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carroll, Christian, Clark, Crittenden, Daviess, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Graves, Hancock, Harlan, Harrison, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Hopkins, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, Lyon, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Mercer, Montgomery, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owen, Powell, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Todd, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Washington, Webster and Whitley.


Once again, Kentucky is leading the way, welcoming innovation and investment and enhancing internet access in our rural communities.

And, the more than 2,700 AT&T employees who call Kentucky home are working hard every day to turn our investments into the high-speed connectivity Kentucky’s residents and businesses want and need.

To determine Fixed Wireless Internet eligibility, interested consumers may call toll-free 1-877-990-0041. AT&T will continue making community-specific announcements in Kentucky in the months ahead, providing updates about additional availability as we expand Fixed Wireless Internet to more locations.

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

¹Includes 160GB monthly data allowance. Req's installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.

Sincerely,

Hood Harris
President — AT&T Kentucky

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December 19, 2017

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

Posted by Hood Harris

Recently Launched U.S. and International Trials Could Pave the Way for Gigabit Internet Wherever There are Power Lines

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


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

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

AirGig technology represents over a decade of research by AT&T Labs and more than 300 patents and patent applications. It also represents a potential new era in connectivity where turbocharged data speeds can be available almost everywhere in the world.

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

AT&T has a long-history of connecting people with their world and is proud to be on the cutting-edge of innovation, now with Project AirGig trials. This is an exciting time to work in the communications technology industry, and we look forward to yet another way to deliver gigabit internet connections to consumers.

Thank you for what you do every day to make our work in Kentucky a success, for our customers and our commonwealth.

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

Sincerely,

Hood Harris
President — AT&T Kentucky


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November 30, 2017

Jobs for Kentucky’s Graduates and AT&T Team Up to Provide Academic and Career Training

Posted by AT&T Kentucky Team

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

Jobs for Kentucky’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 Kentucky’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 Kentucky’s Graduates will use the $130,000 to launch six new programs throughout Kentucky.

“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 Hood Harris, AT&T Kentucky President. “JAG Kentucky has a track record of success and this funding will allow them to provide even more students the opportunity to thrive.”

In 2016, JAG Kentucky reported a 100% high school graduation rate, compared to the national graduation rate of 83% in 2015. Currently, the JAG model is offered in nearly 1,250 public high schools, community colleges, and alternative learning centers in 34 states.

“We are thankful to for the opportunity to partner with AT&T,” said Lisa Handziak, President, JAG Kentucky. “The funding provided by AT&T will help us reach our mission of leading our graduates through a successful transition into the workforce, training or postsecondary education.”

In more than three 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 Kentucky Graduating Class of 2016 achieved 97% successful outcomes, meaning students were enrolled in post-secondary education, were employed, or some combination of the two within 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 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.

About Jobs for America’s Graduates
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), is a non-profit youth development program committed to helping America’s most at-risk kids excel in high schools, prepare for success in college, and embark on a rewarding career. Since its inception in 1980, JAG has served over 1.2 million at-risk kids, and is currently serving over 57,000 students in 34 states. JAG students have a graduation rate of over 90 percent, and approximately 80 percent of those graduates go on to postsecondary education, military service and/or full-time employment.

About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. We have a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. Our AT&T Aspire initiative uses innovation in education to drive student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

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November 10, 2017

AT&T Invests More Than $250M Over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks in Greater Louisville Area

Posted by AT&T Kentucky Team

At AT&T¹, we’ve invested more than $250 million in our greater Louisville area wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

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

  • 102 bandwidth expansions
  • 63 additional carrier adds

AT&T plans to continue its investment in Kentucky with additional upgrades.

“Our wired and wireless buildout plans in Kentucky include hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to improving our networks,” said Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky. “These plans, which also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead, represent the type of investment that is encouraged by forward-looking public policies like the act modernizing communications regulations that Governor Bevin recently signed.”

“As we hear of investments like this, we can be thankful for the leadership of our state and local officials who were key in creating an environment that can lead to greater investments in Kentucky’s communications networks,” said Kent Oyler, president and CEO Greater Louisville Inc.

Additionally, 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky’s 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 placed 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 now market our ultra-fast internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 50,000 customer locations in the greater Louisville area.

We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint². 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 network* at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

To learn more about our coverage in Louisville 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.

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

November 01, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Hood Harris

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.

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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,

Hood Harris
President — AT&T Kentucky

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September 25, 2017

Apply for a job with AT&T in Kentucky

Posted by Hood Harris

Consumer demand for modern communications technologies and high-speed connectivity is booming, and AT&T is looking for motivated Kentuckians to help meet that demand.

With full and part-time retail positions available in a host of cities throughout the Commonwealth, we need your help to spread the word.

Priority hiring events are scheduled for Louisville and Owensboro where applicants will have opportunities to quickly apply, test, interview and, potentially, receive a conditional job offer to be considered to join our team in the local metro area.

KY In store

For immediate consideration, visit http://bit.ly/2xcvCsF and apply for the job in your area.

I will keep you informed as we have information on future jobs and hiring events.

In the meantime, please check kentucky.att.com often for information related to job openings and other activities across the Commonwealth.


Sincerely,

Hood Harris
President — AT&T Kentucky

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September 18, 2017

AT&T pledges $1.4M to hurricane relief in communities hit by Harvey & Irma with new matching donation

Posted by Hood Harris

The devastation wrought by disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey require a long-term effort to rebuild. Team Rubicon and its cadre of high-skilled, mostly veteran volunteers are the best of the best. And we’re proud to stand with them. So now, let us come to together and raise $2 million.

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AT&T will match each dollar donated to Team Rubicon through the text-to-donate program, no matter which wireless carrier you use, up to $1 million. By texting RUBICON to 80077, $10 will be donated by the customer to Team Rubicon (TR), a veteran-led disaster response organization, and then matched by AT&T.*

During disasters, our communities need rapid response, as well as sustained recovery. That’s why AT&T is committing to donate another $1.4 million to hurricane relief, which includes:

  • The $1 million matching donation to Team Rubicon
  • $150,000 to Telecoms Sans Frontieres, a group that is working to reestablish connectivity for emergency responders and communities in the Caribbean
  • And finally $250,000 to local charities in states impacted by Irma. We will work with state officials to direct the $250,000 donations where they can be most beneficial.


In response to Hurricane Harvey, AT&T previously contributed $100,000 to the Greater Houston Community Fund, $100,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund and $50,000 to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in South Texas.

To learn more about our response to Hurricane Irma, Click here. And, click here to learn about our response to Hurricane Harvey.

Together we can rebuild.

Thanks,

Hood Harris
President — AT&T Kentucky

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September 12, 2017

Heading back to school

Posted by Hood Harris

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 Kentucky. 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.

Sincerely,

Hood Harris
President — AT&T Kentucky

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September 11, 2017

Closing the 'homework gap' for our students

Posted by AT&T Kentucky Team

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Technology and learning go hand in hand. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the internet at home, making it hard for kids to do homework and learn at their own pace and for families to stay up to date and connect with teachers.

That’s why The National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and AT&T have teamed up to help close the “homework gap” and ensure SNAP-eligible families in select states1 have the resources they need for children to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Through their collaboration, National PTA and AT&T will help qualifying families connect to low-cost internet service through Access from AT&T. The Access program offers those families a 10Mbps internet connection at home for $10 per month.2 You can visit ATT.com/Access for full details.

Together, the National PTA and AT&T will also teach parents how students are using digital technology in the classroom. Families will get tips about using technology and the internet to support their child's education at home. For example, the AT&T Digital You® portal includes English and Spanish language resources and tools for getting online, using technology safely, using online learning sites, job searching and more.

"Technology and the internet have created countless opportunities for teaching and learning. Having access to both is essential for students to develop the skills they need to be competitive," said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. "Increasing internet access for families is critical to help make sure all students have every opportunity for success."

For more information about National PTA and AT&T's collaboration, visit PTA.org/DigitalAccess.

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1Available only in the AT&T 21-state wireline footprint. In California only SSI recipients also may qualify.

2 Additional eligible speed tiers (5Mbps for $10 a month or 3Mbps/1.5Mbps/768Kbps for $5 a month) may be provided, depending on availability at your address. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary based on factors, including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors and device capabilities, and are not guaranteed. For more information, go to att.com/speed101. Pricing excludes taxes. Service will include a monthly data allowance of either 150GB or 1TB of data/mo. depending on the type and speed of service you receive. If you exceed your monthly data plan allowance, you will be automatically charged $10 for each 50GB of data usage in excess of your data plan, even if less than 50 gigabytes is used. For more information, go to att.com/internet-usage. Other restrictions apply. Go to att.com/access for full details.

September 10, 2017

WATCH: Helping the blind ‘see’ the solar eclipse

Posted by AT&T Kentucky Team

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Click here to watch the video. 

On Aug. 21, people across the U.S. stepped outside and experienced one of nature’s most visual phenomena — a total solar eclipse. But, what about people who are blind?

The start-up Aira had a possible solution. 

Aira came to the Connected Health AT&T Foundry to improve wireless connectivity for their ground-breaking platform, using smart glasses and remote technology to connect those with diminished vision. The user, called an Aira Explorer, taps on the glasses to connect to an Aira agent who offers assistance. Using a video camera, the agents can “see” from the wearer’s perspective in near real time. Then, the agent can communicate back to the wearer.

On Aug. 21, a Nashville-based Aira Explorer stepped outside, connected with his Aira agent and began to experience the eclipse through his mind’s eyes. The conversation broadcasted live, sharing the audio eclipse experience for all.

But we didn’t want to stop there, so AT&T tapped Georgia Tech’s Sonification Lab to develop a soundtrack built using eclipse data. Think of it as an eclipse soundtrack driven by data. In lab, the team of students and researchers, based out of the School of Psychology and School of Interactive Computing, has been taking images and data points from past eclipses and turning them into sounds that showcase what is happening in the sky. 

So, while millions watched the sky, people who are blind were able to listen as the sun and moon created a symphony of their own. A symphony that will now, through the power of technology and the AT&T network, be more accessible to all. 

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September 09, 2017

Start the school year strong with the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge!

Posted by AT&T Kentucky Team


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As students swap out their beach bags for backpacks, it can be a tough transition back to the classroom after summer break. Some studies show that a full month of learning may be lost during this short period away from school.

Share Learnstorm with your student's teacher!

To help students get back in the groove of school, AT&T is teaming up with Khan Academy to help ensure that teachers and students have the tools needed to start the school year strong. Khan Academy’s LearnStorm is a free, 6-week online challenge from Sept. 12 to Oct. 20 that will help students build the skills and mindsets they’ll need for a successful year of learning.

LearnStorm is open to all learners in grades 3 through 12, with an enhanced experience for educators in accredited U.S. schools or homeschools who sign up their classes. Teachers or parents assign videos, exercises and educational articles to students. Students then complete the assignments on their computers or mobile devices to earn prizes individually, for their class and for their school!

Share LearnStorm with your student's teacher to get their classroom signed up today! You can also sign your child up for Khan Academy and have them complete the LearnStorm challenge on their own, starting Sept. 12.

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