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April 17, 2019

When our communities call, we answer

Posted by Dennis Dunn

We hope you’re enjoying Spring in Maryland. April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re celebrating by honoring the many AT&T employee volunteers — some of whom have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. It’s also Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so we’re reminding drivers of all ages – It Can Wait. Finally, this month we’re featuring an article about our work with the FirstNet Authority to build out a mobile broadband network for our first responders.

We are constantly focused on making our communities stronger and better connected.

Sincerely,

Denis Dunn
President — AT&T Maryland

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April 16, 2019

Together, we do more in Maryland

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team

As part of National Volunteer Month, we’re celebrating the more than 4,149 AT&T employees who have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for 2018. The PVSA is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service by spending more than 100 hours volunteering in the previous year. It’s inspiring and encouraging to think about the lives touched through these acts of kindness.

Throughout April, we are taking the time to say “thank you” to all our employees — including the 20 employees who received the PVSA in Maryland this year — who are making communities better by volunteering and supporting causes they believe in.

"Our employees’ tremendous spirit of service is part of the fabric of our company. Their selfless contributions make our communities and our company stronger. We congratulate this year’s AT&T PVSA winners here in Maryland and across the company, and we thank them for sharing their time and talent to help make a positive impact on their communities”

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April 15, 2019

New FirstNet Cell Site Launches in Baltimore Area to Support Public Safety

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team

FirstNet

Public safety communications in Baltimore County is getting a critical upgrade with the launch of a new, purpose-built cell site. The site – located on Hazelwood Avenue – is part of Maryland’s FirstNet build, which is bringing increased coverage and capacity to first responders across the state.

FirstNet is the nationwide, wireless communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders and public safety community. Backed by Congress, it’s designed to modernize public safety communications, helping first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency. FirstNet is being built with AT&T* in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the federal government.

Read more here.

*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.

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

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April 14, 2019

Until then, It Can Wait

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team

The future of mobile communications and transportation are bright. Since we launched our It Can Wait distracted driving prevention program a decade ago, we’ve seen these two worlds evolve at lightning speed. And in many cases, even merge.

New research shows that 7-in-10 drivers say1 their smartphone has become essential for getting around. But using your phone behind the wheel can be deadly. Smartphone distracted driving has become so normal it’s treated as the status quo – when in fact it’s an epidemic. Our latest research1 revealed a sharp rise in the consumption of immersive content behind the wheel. Video watching and video chatting while driving doubled compared to 20152.

1 Research commissioned by AT&T and Braun Research. A 10-minute online survey was fielded among a nationally representative sample of 2081 Americans from March 8, 2019 through March 14, 2019 to understand their own driving behaviors and perceptions towards distracted driving. Respondents must be between the ages of 16 & 65, use a smartphone at least one a day, and driver at least “almost every day”. The margin of error is +/-2 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

2 Research commissioned by AT&T and Braun Research. A 15-minute cellphone survey among a nationally representative sample of 2067 American drivers. Additional information can be found here.

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March 05, 2019

New FirstNet Cell Site Launches in Baltimore Area to Support Public Safety; Congressman Ruppersberger and First Responder Network Authority Join Unveiling

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team

New Infrastructure Brings a Critical Upgrade to Public Safety, Improved Connectivity for Area Residents 

Public safety communications in Baltimore County is getting a critical upgrade with the launch of a new, purpose-built cell site. The site – located on Hazelwood Avenue – is part of Maryland’s FirstNet build, which is bringing increased coverage and capacity to first responders across the state.

Dunn at Baltimore FirstNet EventEd Parkinson, acting CEO, FirstNet Authority; Cong. Dutch Ruppersberger; and Denis Dunn, President, AT&T Maryland, announce new FirstNet cell site in Baltimore County. 

FirstNet is the nationwide, wireless communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders and public safety community. Backed by Congress, it’s designed to modernize public safety communications, helping first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency. FirstNet is being built with AT&T* in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the federal government. 

To ensure AT&T is putting coverage and capacity where first responders need it most, the FirstNet build is being done with direct feedback from state and public safety officials. Both Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and the FirstNet Authority joined AT&T this morning to unveil the new FirstNet cell site serving the Baltimore area. 

Congressman Ruppersberger said, “I supported the legislation behind FirstNet, recognizing the need for and benefits of a dedicated, nationwide broadband network for public safety. And I’m pleased to see the early benefits that FirstNet is already bringing to Maryland’s first responders as it paves the way for new capabilities and innovations in the way public safety handles emergencies and serves our communities.

"I’m pleased to see the early benefits that FirstNet is already bringing to Maryland’s first responders as it paves the way for new capabilities and innovations in the way public safety handles emergencies and serves our communities."  – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

“The launch of this new cell site, with more planned across the state, reaffirms that the FirstNet Authority and AT&T remain steadfast in their mission to deliver a solution that meets public safety’s needs – today and for decades to come. It’s a win for everyone,” he added.

“I am pleased to see FirstNet staying true to its promise of expanding coverage in our area with this new site build,” said Bowley’s Quarters Volunteer Fire Department Captain Matt Fairley. “As a 4th-generation firefighter and 20-year veteran, this technology and service brings us to a whole new level of fire suppression and marine emergencies. Based near the Chesapeake Bay, we’ve been able to get reliable coverage on land and on the water where we’ve previously struggled. And as a 100% volunteer organization, knowing our members can easily subscribe to public safety’s network – it’s changing the game for us.”

This is the first new site to be publicly announced in Maryland following the state’s decision to advance its public safety broadband communications with FirstNet. The site was constructed using the FirstNet Band 14 spectrum as well as other spectrum bands in the AT&T portfolio. 

Based in a high-traffic and highly populated area, public safety officials helped identify this site location as a place where increased network capacity was needed most to best support their mission. That’s why this critical infrastructure was built. Band 14 has also been added on existing sites across the entire Baltimore area.  

“FirstNet is a dedicated broadband network for public safety, by public safety,” said FirstNet Authority Acting CEO Edward Parkinson. “We worked hand-in-hand with Maryland’s public safety community to understand their needs for the network.And this cell site is a prime example of how that input and feedback is becoming reality. We look forward to supporting Baltimore County’s first responders’ use of FirstNet to help them save lives and protect communities.”

In addition to further elevating public safety’s connected experience in support of their emergency response, the new site will also help improve the overall coverage experience for AT&T wireless customers in the area. Residents and businesses can take advantage of the AT&T spectrum bands, as well as Band 14 when additional capacity is available. 

This cell site isn’t the only connectivity enhancement the area’s public safety community will have access to on FirstNet. A FirstNet Satellite Cell on Light Truck (SatCOLT) will also be on display during today’s unveiling. This is a large, heavy-duty portable cell site that connects via satellite – not fiber.

SatCOLT at Baltimore FirstNet EventA “sat colt” on display at an announcement of a new FirstNet cell site in Baltimore County on March 5. 

It’s part of the nationwide fleet of 72 dedicated deployable network assets available to FirstNet subscribers at no additional charge. Public safety agencies on FirstNet can request the equipment for added support during planned events or emergencies, like the recent flooding emergencies in nearby Ellicott City as well as in Washington County. The deployable network asset kept FirstNet subscribers connected to the information they needed to make rescues, communicate and coordinate their storm response, and aid in recovery.

“Maryland’s first responders deserve reliable coverage across the state to help them effectively and efficiently address incidents. And with FirstNet, that’s exactly what they’re getting,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Maryland. “We couldn’t be more pleased to support the public safety mission and bring the state’s first responders and residents greater access to the connectivity they need.” 

Go to FirstNet.com/news for more information. For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com.


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About the First Responder Network Authority

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNetAuthority) is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit and follow the FirstNet Authority (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

*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.

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

January 22, 2019

Innovation Legislation in 2019 for the Most Innovative State

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team
Maryland can remain a global leader in innovation. Find out how.

Innovation Legislation in 2019 for the Most Innovative State


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January 08, 2019

LIGHT Celebrates The Honorable Congressman Elijah E. Cummings With Unveiling Of New Technology Center

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team

On January 7, LIGHT Health and Wellness Comprehensive Services (LIGHT)* unveiled the Congressman Elijah E. Cummings Technology Center.

Elijah E. Cummings Technology Center Opening

LIGHT Health and Wellness unveiled a new tech center in honor of Congressman Elijah Cummings on January 7.  Pictured here (l to r):  Congressman Cummings; Debbie Rock, Founding CEO, LIGHT Health & Wellness; Fred Humphries, Corporate Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft; Maryland State Senator Antonio Hayes; and Peter Jacoby, Vice President, Federal Relations, AT&T.

The newly named computer science and technology center will provide at-risk youth and families in need with the opportunity of computer literacy and access to educational resources.

LIGHT’s Founding CEO, Debbie J. Rock, introduced the Congressman. “We are so grateful that our organization and community have Congressman Cummings as an ally. With his support, we look forward to continuing our mission to promote the health and wellness and education of children, families and individuals impacted by health and social disparities through the establishment of the Cummings Technology Center.”

Congressman Cummings has been a strong advocate of LIGHT’s programs for the past twenty years. “I am honored to be recognized by LIGHT and look forward to the doors the new Technology Center will open for the youth of West Baltimore. It is critically important that our youth are better prepared to succeed in school and ultimately further their career goals. This center will provide the tools necessary to brighten the futures of many in this community.”

The computer and technology center were made possible through support to LIGHT from AT&T** and Microsoft. “We are thankful to be able to play a small part in providing this community’s parents and their children with proper access to technological literacy and STEM education,” said AT&T’s Peter Jacoby.

Speaking on Microsoft’s behalf, Fred Humphries stated, “Increasing access to digital skills is critical because these skills are needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. That’s why we are proud to support this new center, named in honor of Congressman Cummings and designed to help Baltimore’s educators, children, and families gain skills needed for today’s jobs and tomorrow’s opportunities.”

To learn more, go to: www.lighthealth.org.


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*About LIGHT Health and Wellness Comprehensive Services, Inc.

Light is a premier community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization specializing in providing comprehensive quality care for children, women, youth and families. LIGHT envisions a community where individuals are made aware of and receive health care and psycho-social support services that will assist them to live healthy and productive lives.

**About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. It executes in the market under four operating units. WarnerMedia’s HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. divisions are world leaders in creating premium content, operate one of the world’s largest TV and film studios, and own a world-class library of entertainment. AT&T Communications provides more than 100 million U.S. consumers with entertainment and communications experiences across TV, mobile and broadband services. Plus, it serves more than 3 million business customers with high-speed, highly secure connectivity and smart solutions. AT&T Latin America provides pay-TV services across 11 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is the fastest growing wireless provider in Mexico, serving consumers and businesses. Xandr provides marketers with innovative and relevant advertising solutions for consumers around premium video content and digital advertising through its AppNexus platform.

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 is available at about.att.com.

© 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.

December 14, 2018

Marc Blakeman is AT&T’s New Mid-Atlantic President

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team

Marc Blakeman is the new president of AT&T’s Mid-Atlantic region.

In this role, Blakeman is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction for AT&T's legislative, regulatory, public policy and philanthropic initiatives in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.  He replaces J. Michael Schweder who retired in November 2018 after 35 years with the company.

Blakeman will report to Marissa Shorenstein, who was recently appointed president of AT&T’s newly created Northern Region. Marissa will continue to oversee the company’s external affairs for all states from Maine to Virginia, including Washington, DC — adding new responsibility for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

“Marc’s prior leadership experience in Illinois and California — combined with his deep commitment to the communities where he has lived and worked — have prepared him well for his new role in an important geography for our company.  I am pleased to have him join the team in the Northern Region and look forward to his leadership in the Mid-Atlantic states as we welcome a new era of innovation and technology to deliver the best service for our customers,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President – AT&T Northern Region.  

From December 2014 until his appointment, Blakeman was Vice President – External Affairs for AT&T California where he unified planning and strategic leadership across the five External Affairs regions in California to ensure a statewide approach to how AT&T manages relationships with external clients and stakeholders, including elected officials and community and civic leaders.

His previous roles at AT&T include serving as regional vice president of External Affairs for AT&T California’s San Francisco/Silicon Valley/Central Coast region. He joined AT&T’s predecessor, Ameritech, in 1997 after serving as Director of Chicago Operations for the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. 

“From the Appalachians to the Atlantic — and from Norfolk, VA, to Newark, NJ — the Mid-Atlantic is a diverse region where AT&T’s roots run deep.  For more than a century, we’ve worked with government, business and civic leaders and organizations across the region to connect their communities to each other and their world. We have a lot to accomplish in a fast-changing world, and I look forward to building on our legacy of innovation and collaboration for years to come,” Blakeman said.

While in San Francisco, Marc served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations including GenesysWorks Bay Area, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, Equality California (EQCA), and San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (SF CITI). 

A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, Marc also received his certification in corporate community relations from the John Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.  A native of downstate Illinois, Marc now resides in Washington, DC.


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About AT&T

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.

November 15, 2018

AT&T helps MdBio Foundation Deliver STEM Programs in Maryland

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team
Contribution supports hands-on activities for middle and high school students

The MdBio Foundation received $40,000 from AT&T to support a program that offers underserved middle and high school students with hands-on, STEM-based learning experiences with the goal of increasing awareness of STEM-related careers.

The announcement was made during MdBio’s 10th Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM (ATLAS) college and career readiness symposium at Montgomery College’s campus in Germantown, Md.

According to MdBio, ATLAS brings students typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers together with Maryland’s leading employers to learn about career opportunities and foster the development of a strong pipeline of skilled STEM workers that will fuel the state’s growing science and technology sectors.

"This contribution will support hands-on laboratory activities for more than 10,000 Maryland middle and high school students onboard our flagship mobile laboratory program as well as support deeper impact experiences that introduce students to STEM concepts and careers.” —Brian Gaines, MdBio CEO

“By supporting groups like MdBio we’re creating opportunities for young people to prepare for rewarding careers, especially at a time when so many jobs are unfilled in the U.S. today because of the lack of qualified applicants,” said La Tara Harris, AT&T’s regional director for External Affairs, who delivered closing remarks at the symposium. “We support programs that prepare people for college and careers – especially STEM careers – and MdBio does that and more.”

Brian Gaines, CEO of MdBio, said that more than 10,000 Maryland students will benefit from this program this year.

“MdBio is thrilled to receive AT&T’s continuing support for our STEM education programs for the 2018/19 school year. This contribution will support hands-on laboratory activities for more than 10,000 Maryland middle and high school students onboard our flagship mobile laboratory program as well as support deeper impact experiences that introduce students to STEM concepts and careers. We appreciate our longtime relationship with AT&T and look forward to an exciting and impactful school year,” said Brian Gaines, MdBio CEO.

Learn more about MdBio at www.mdbiofoundation.org, and follow @mdbiofoundation.


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About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality. Follow on Twitter @ATTimpact.

October 18, 2018

State of Maryland, Washington County Officials Mark One Year of FirstNet in the State

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team
Lt. Gov. Rutherford Leads Forum on Transforming Emergency Communications with the Dedicated First Responder Network Platform

Lt. Gov. Boyd Talks FirstNet

Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford talks about FirstNet and Emergency Communications in Washington County, Md.

One year after Gov. Larry Hogan approved the build out of FirstNet network platform in Maryland by AT&T, first responders in Maryland are already benefitting from enhanced emergency communications. Today, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford led a forum on the positive impacts FirstNet has had on public safety communications in the state in the year since Maryland joined the nationwide public safety communications platform. Rutherford was joined by leadership from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), state and county officials, and AT&T* for the event at the Washington County Agricultural Center.  

FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform. It’s dedicated to America’s first responders and those that support them. And it’s being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the FirstNet Authority, to bring public safety in Maryland – and across the country – a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need.

“During times of crisis, communication is key. Our administration is committed to working with our first responders at all levels – local, state and federal – to ensure we are able to stay connected,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “We appreciate the opportunity to participate in this public-private partnership to innovate our public safety operations and keep our communities safe. The success FirstNet has seen in its first year is a shining example of what can be accomplished when we work together.”

Enhancing emergency communications

Last spring, parts of Washington County experienced extreme flooding. The emergency responses required quick and efficient coordination among first responders. FirstNet was central to the effort, according to Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore, whose agency was one of the first in the nation – and the first in Maryland – to subscribe to FirstNet services.

"When disaster hit, we relied on FirstNet to keep us connected. We even called in a Satellite Cell on Light Truck (SatCOLT), boosting our ability to communicate and coordinate our emergency response beyond the low bandwidth Wi-Fi some of our personnel were using,” said Mullendore. “We are pleased that Gov. Hogan approved the FirstNet state plan, opening the door for us to take advantage of this dedicated network platform to better serve Washington County, especially when our community needed it most.”

Public safety agencies subscribing to FirstNet have access to a nationwide fleet of 72 dedicated deployable network assets like the one used in Washington County. This equipment can be deployed for planned events, such as large concerts, or requested in emergencies. Thus far in 2018, the FirstNet team at AT&T has supported nearly 100 emergency and event response efforts, including the flooding responses in Washington County and Ellicott City, Md.

That’s just one way FirstNet is working for first responders in Maryland – and across the nation – according to David Buchanan, executive director of Public Safety Advocacy for the FirstNet Authority.

“Emergencies and disasters can happen in any community, and FirstNet is built with all first responders in mind – especially those serving in rural or underserved areas,” said Buchanan. “As we planned for this network platform, we worked hand-in-hand with public safety and state officials here in Maryland to design FirstNet to meet their needs. Now, one year after Maryland approved of the FirstNet plan, we are honored to be supporting the state’s public safety community, including Sheriff Mullendore and his deputies, as they serve and protect their communities.”

Reaching first responders across the state

Thousands of Maryland's first responders now rely on FirstNet for their wireless communications. This gives them enhanced security on a dedicated, physically separate network core that prioritizes their communications. And it brings FirstNet subscribers in Maryland the technology, features and functionality designed to properly handle their rigorous, specific and niche demands.

Denis Dunn, president, AT&T in Maryland, said the company has made much progress in implementing this unique public-private partnership in Maryland and nationwide.

“Thanks to great collaboration with many of the leaders across the state and locally – like here in Washington County – we’re moving quickly to build out the network and sign on new public safety agencies. FirstNet was designed by and for our first responders, and we’re working hard every day to meet our mission – which is helping public safety achieve theirs,” said Dunn.

Dunn also said that the wireless spectrum allocated to public safety for the operation of the FirstNet network platform has already been deployed to existing and new sites across the state, and it will continue to be rapidly deployed to additional sites. In addition to supporting first responders, these and other network upgrades will provide mobile broadband coverage and capacity to many underserved areas of the state, creating more access to mobile broadband for more Marylanders.

Paul Frey, president of the Washington County Chamber, said enhanced rural coverage is good news for business and community leaders.

“We’re working with Gov. Hogan and Lt. Gov. Rutherford every day to help our members – and our community – grow and prosper. When our first responders, businesses and residents have more access to mobile broadband, we all win,” said Frey.

Go to FirstNet.com/news for more information. For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com.

 


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About the First Responder Network Authority
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit and follow FirstNet (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.
*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.
© 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.
FirstNet® and the FirstNet service logo are the intellectual property of the First Responder Network Authority.

September 10, 2018

AT&T Networks Prepare for Hurricane Florence in Maryland

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team

AT&T Networks Prepare for Hurricane Florence in Maryland

AT&T* is ready for Hurricane Florence in Maryland with an arsenal of disaster response equipment and personnel on standby.

AT&T started its storm preparedness process as we closely monitor Hurricane Florence. The storm is expected to impact the Eastern coast later this week. Our preparation includes:

  • Topping off fuel generators.
  • Testing high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites.
  • Protecting physical facilities against flooding.
  • Staging other emergency response equipment in strategic locations for quick deployment following the storm.

AT&T also improved the network redundancy in storm-prone areas. We have installed more generators at critical cell towers and switching facilities and moved electronics essential to network operations above expected flood levels. 

“Customers rely on us, especially during major storms," said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Maryland.  "That's why we practice readiness drills and simulations throughout the year. And we do all we can to have our networks prepared when severe weather strikes. We’ve worked for the past few days to position equipment and crews, and are ready to respond if needed. We’re in touch with Maryland public officials in their storm response efforts.”

The AT&T National Disaster Recovery (NDR) program is one of the industry’s largest and most advanced disaster response programs. The NDR fleet includes hundreds of technology recovery and support trailers that can be quickly deployed to support customers and first responders.

Response equipment readied in the wake of an event includes:

  • 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. This is 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

Just as we prepare, we encourage customers to do the same. Additional information and tips for disaster preparedness can be found here.  

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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 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.

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August 30, 2018

Women of AT&T Maryland Chapter Help Students Kick Off School Year

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For the 7th straight year, the Women of AT&T Maryland Chapter, an AT&T employee resource group, kicked off the school year with Operation Backpack, a community outreach program that helps economically challenged students in the area by filling backpacks with school supplies. This year, the group provided backpacks to Pre-K to 5th grade students at Bryant Woods Elementary School in Howard County and Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary School in Anne Arundel County.

Donations were collected from July 26th – August 17th, 2018.  Supplies such as pencils, folders, erasers, glue sticks, monetary donations and new backpacks were among some of the items collected. Thanks to the generosity of our AT&T employees in the Columbia and Hanover offices, and the wonderful support of our WOA Maryland Chapter, 40 backpacks were delivered to Hebron-Harman Elementary School and 41 backpacks were delivered to Bryant Woods Elementary School, totaling 81 backpacks for the two schools.  The 81 backpacks far exceeded the original goal of 50 backpacks, making it the largest collection ever.

Columbia Office Cassandra Mewborn

Hanover Office (L to R) Lauri Moore and Regina Minor

Hanover Office (L to R) Oneza Sohel, Regina Minor and Will Cocks

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August 23, 2018

Montgomery County Transforms 911 Communications With AT&T

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AT&T ESInet Boosts 911 Reliability and Enhances Emergency Communications

Montgomery County is transforming its 911 communications with AT&T* ESInet™. The county recently joined others in the National Capital Region and selected the service from AT&T. The solution gives 911 call takers enhanced tools to speed their responsiveness and boost reliability to those in emergencies.

AT&T ESInet brings a smarter way to deliver 911 calls. Built on AT&T’s industry-leading network, the IP-based call routing service uses i3 standards from the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) to modernize decades-old 911 infrastructure. And in today’s mobile environment, that’s crucial.

“We’re helping cities, counties and states across the country connect to the future of 911 communications through AT&T ESInet,” said Brian Troup, vice president, AT&T Public Sector. “Montgomery County – and every county – deserves the latest in public safety to help protect their communities.”

With AT&T ESInet, Montgomery County can:                        

  • Provide more targeted response and help save time and improve outcomes. AT&T ESInet lets PSAPs manage how calls and text messages are routed to help ensure they reach the desired 911 agency. With location-based geospatial routing, public safety answering points (PSAPs) can quickly adjust their service boundaries to accommodate unforeseen situations.
  • Handle unexpected call volumes. When calls spike, AT&T ESInet can automatically distribute calls to neighboring PSAPs, which can lead to improved 911 call management. In the future, this will make it easier for PSAPs to be more responsive to emergencies.
  • Apply rules to support specific events such as political rallies or campus events. Using a highly secure, private network connection, PSAPs can set rules for how to route 911 voice calls and text messages. For example, a rule could be set to route all calls originating in a defined area directly to a special command post within a pre-defined event boundary. This gives first responders direct, on-site access to 911 callers.
  • Maintain service during a natural or man-made disaster. Montgomery County will have access to call processing locations distributed throughout the country for backup support as needed.
  • Improve incident awareness. In the future, Montgomery County PSAPs will be able to support pictures and videos sent via text message.

AT&T is a leader in first responder connectivity. We’ve been enabling and innovating public safety communications for nearly 140 years to help first responders focus on what matters most: protecting communities and saving lives.

Learn more about our support of public safety and AT&T ESInet here.

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August 17, 2018

AT&T Invests More Than $400 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Networks in Maryland

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team

At AT&T[i], we invested more than $400 million in our Maryland 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.

The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. In 2017, AT&T made greater than 968 wireless network upgrades in Maryland.

“For Maryland to continue to thrive and attract new jobs and innovation, sustained investment by the private sector is crucial,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Maryland. “By continuing to build state-of-the-art infrastructure in the state, AT&T is making business growth possible and assuring that residents, businesses and visitors have the tools to stay connected and entertained.”

By building out our 4G LTE network, we’re laying the foundation for 5G, the next advance in network technologies. We’re boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network using the latest technology.

Since the formation of the FirstNet public-private partnership a little over a year ago, governors from all 50 states, 5 territories and Washington, 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 Maryland 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.

To learn more about our coverage in Maryland, 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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May 31, 2018

FirstNet, AT&T stand with Ellicott City and its first responders

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The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) called upon FirstNet to assist in their response to the Ellicott City flooding.

A FirstNet Satellite Cell on Light Truck, also known as a SatCOLT, was deployed to the area by AT&T at MEMA’s request and has been helping to support the Ellicott City Flood Command Center since Tuesday morning. This gives them the connectivity they need to communicate and coordinate their emergency response efforts around the flooding.

We also brought in two charging stations to the Ellicott City Flood Command Center to further support first responders, helping their phones last as long as they do. #ECSTRONG

April 26, 2018

AT&T Virtual Reality Experience Tour to Stop at University of Maryland on April 28

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Striking 3D Experience Will Show University Students and Staff the Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving 

The University of Maryland is the next stop on the 2018 AT&TIt Can Wait tour to show the dangers of smartphone distracted driving. 

Research shows that nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving.1 People are doing much more than texting while behind the wheel.

To illustrate this for drivers of all ages, we will set up a unique virtual reality experience at 2018 Maryland Day, enabling attendees to come face-to-face with the very real dangers of distracted driving through a memorial wall, a wall of keys representing lives lost and a wall made to look like crushed car parts.

The experience will be operational from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in front of the Eppley Recreation Center. 

“Hundreds of people die, and thousands of crashes occur every year from smartphone use while driving, which is why this campaign is so important in Maryland and across the nation,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Maryland. “Our participation in Maryland Day will help raise awareness and save lives.”

As part of the campaign, AT&T on April 26 launched new ads to reach more people with this important message: No distraction is worth a future.

Sadly, texting while driving is responsible for the lives of 2 teenage boys featured in our new spots that shine a light on the faces of distracted driving.

If Caleb Sorohan and Forrest Cepeda were alive today, they might be pursuing their dream jobs or teaching their kids to play sports. Maybe they’d still be figuring life out. But we’ll never know – smartphone distracted driving cut their lives short.

Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris captured Caleb’s and Forrest’s heartbreaking stories through in-depth interviews with their families. In these short film productions, you’ll hear their siblings tell how special their lives were. You’ll see their mothers’ pain as they remember their loss. And through the collaboration of forensic artists and a visual effects team, you’ll even get a glimpse at what they would’ve looked like today.

It’s hard to watch, but it’s real. We hope it brings even more attention to this problem so other families don’t have to experience this tragedy.

You can see the new 30-second spots and full-length films (Caleb: 30-second and full-length; Forrest: 30-second and full-length) starting today. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see this message in different places – like at the movies, on social channels and through online video.

Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly all of those surveyed.1
  • Inspired nearly 25 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving. 
  • The free AT&T DriveMode app has reached more than 20 million downloads

To learn more, go to ItCanWait.com.

1 Online survey with 7,505 respondents (total distracted drivers n=6,438) conducted by Kantar Added Value. Ongoing survey, data represented here were collected January 2017- December 2017. National panel sample (ages 15-54, drive, and have a smartphone).

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April 26, 2018

AT&T Employees in Maryland Honored for Their Commitment to the Community

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More Than 4,300 AT&T Employees Nationwide Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

It’s National Volunteer Month. And AT&T is celebrating 19 employees in Maryland being honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

The PVSA recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism throughout the year. These AT&T employees in Maryland are among 4,386 AT&T employees nationwide to receive this honor. They logged a minimum of 100 service hours last year, with many volunteering more than 500 hours.

"AT&T employees are involved in serving their communities across the country, and their commitment is evident across our company,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic. “AT&T congratulates this year’s PVSA award winners and celebrates all our employees who donate their time and talent to help make a positive impact on their community.”

Click here for a full list of all AT&T employee awardees in Maryland and nationwide.

Nationwide, our employees volunteered more than 1.78 million hours of time in community outreach activities during 2017 — worth more than $42 million.* For more information on AT&T’s mentoring and volunteering programs, click here.

For more information on PVSA, visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.

*The Value of Volunteer Time, which is updated annually, is made available by Independent Sector. The current Independent Sector rate is $ $24.14 per hour (2016).

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April 09, 2018

Baltimore Teens Receive Mentoring with Junior Achievement and AT&T

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On April 5, 2018, Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA) delivered important workforce readiness lessons to 80 at-risk students from Baltimore as part of a contribution from AT&T, through its signature philanthropic initiative AT&T Aspire. High school students from Digital Harbor High School were assigned an AT&T mentor through the JA Job Shadow™ program, which gives students a firsthand glimpse into a professional career.

Students from Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore participate in job shadow event at AT&T’s offices in Hanover.

JA Job Shadow™ begins in the classroom with three sessions to help students learn more about careers, including how to identify a career based on interests, steps in researching potential jobs and developing job-hunting skills like networking and interviewing. Thursday, the students visited the AT&T Corporate Office in Hanover to hear from a variety of AT&T professionals and see first-hand how education translates to a satisfying and successful career.

During the 2017-2018 school year Junior Achievement and AT&T seek to impact more than 7,000 students nationwide. This could not be achieved without the support of AT&T mentors who connect with students to help them discover their passions and potential. This collaboration is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature philanthropic initiative to promote student success in school and beyond.

"Mentoring is a two-way street and our volunteers also learn so much from the students," says Mylisha Davis, a spokesperson of AT&T. "The students and mentors both walk away feeling inspired. They've talked about passions, values, encourage, education – you name it. These students are ultimately the future of our company, and other companies worldwide, and it's important to invest in them now."

The collaboration between Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and AT&T is a continuation of their joint commitment to providing supplemental learning experiences that help young people in the community develop the competence, confidence and character to make smart academic and economic decisions.

See what students and AT&T mentors who have completed JA Job Shadow™ have to say about the program.

April 04, 2018

AT&T Brings Virtual Reality Experience toTrauma Centers Across Maryland

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Striking 3D Experience Shows the Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving

Seven Maryland trauma centers, in collaboration with AT&TIt Can Wait, kicked off Distracted Driving Awareness Month to show the dangers of smartphone distractions while driving. The events are part of the Maryland Trauma Quality Improvement Committee’s Distracted Driving Day on April 4. 

Research shows that nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving.1 People are doing much more than texting while behind the wheel, which is why AT&T teamed up with the hospitals for the fourth year. 

Participating trauma centers included: Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore; Suburban Hospital in Bethesda; Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly; Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown; and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland in Baltimore will host its event on April 5, 2018.

Attendees at each event heard from trauma center personnel about the consequences of smart phone distractions while driving. Many locations had representatives from state and local law enforcement and other first responders, traffic safety organizations and other groups.  

Casey Barba from the Living Legacy Foundation tries the new #itcanwait VR experience at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown on April 4

Volunteers from AT&T also were on hand with information about the IT CAN WAIT initiative, including the new virtual reality experience that simulates what can happen if drivers take their eyes off the road to look at their phones. The new VR experience reinvents the original approach of a driving simulation, now bringing you face-to-face with the very real dangers of distracted driving. You’ll hear the raw, personal stories of its victims, living in a nightmarish reality.  Read more about the new experience here.

“Hundreds of people die, and thousands of crashes occur every year from smartphone use while driving, which is why this campaign is so important in Maryland and across the nation,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Maryland.   “We’re honored to team up Maryland’s trauma centers this year to raise awareness and save lives.”

AT&T took the #ItCanWait message to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore as part of a series of events with trauma centers statewide. Pictured here (l to r) are: Mark Wall, MHSO; Maj. Kevin Anderson, MDTA Police; Mandy Remmell, Shock Trauma; Bella Chant, Shock Trauma; Susanne Ogaitis-Jones, MD Institute for Emergency Medical Services; and LaTara Harris, AT&T.

It Can Wait is a national movement urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones—distracted driving is never OK. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. We’ve now expanded it to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel. 

Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly all of those surveyed.1
  • Inspired more than 23 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving. 

To learn more, go to ItCanWait.com.

1 Online survey with 7,505 respondents (total distracted drivers n=6,438) conducted by Kantar Added Value. Ongoing survey, data represented here were collected January 2017- December 2017. National panel sample (ages 15-54, drive, and have a smartphone).

December 19, 2017

More than 100 Local Students to Work in a Simulated City with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and AT&T

Posted by AT&T Maryland Team

Program lets students see the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a global economy

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA) is bringing important financial literacy lessons to students as part of a contribution from AT&T, through its signature philanthropic initiative AT&T Aspire. Fifth grade students at Tench Tilghman Elementary and Holabird Elementary in Baltimore City will be assigned an AT&T mentor through the JA BizTown® program, which gives students a first-hand glimpse into the future by learning about the real-life operations of a city.

JA BizTown® begins with several weeks of classroom lessons filled with hands-on activities that give students actual experience completing the skills they’ll need to be active and productive citizens. Students are exposed to 15 JA BizTown® shops where they operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and even vote for mayor. The program culminates in a day-long visit to a fully-interactive,simulated free-market lab where students become adults for a day.

“It is extremely important for students to get an authentic and accurate look at what life will be like for them as they grow into adulthood, not to mention the importance of having role models such as AT&T employees, who help them realize that success is clearly within their grasp,” said Jennifer Bodensiek, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. “Through the program, students learn lifelong lessons that also provide a future of possibilities. It’s an experience that is truly priceless.”

During the 2017-2018 school year Junior Achievement and AT&T seek to impact more than 7,000 students nationwide. This could not be achieved without the support of AT&T mentors, who connect with students to help them discover their passions and potential. This collaboration is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signaturephilanthropic initiative to promote student success in school and beyond.

“It is unbelievably rewarding serving as a JA BizTownvolunteer,” said Mylisha Davis, AT&T spokesperson and JA liaison. “I get just as much from it as the students do because I realize what I’m helping them with is something they’ll truly use for the rest of their lives.”

The collaboration between Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and AT&T is a continuation of their joint commitment to providing supplemental learning experiences that help young people in the community develop the competence, confidence and character to make smart academic and economic decisions.

See what students and AT&T mentors who have completed JA BizTown® have to say about the program: http://youtu.be/L3NWazI2_UM.

About Junior Achievement of Central Maryland
Junior Achievement of Central Maryland is part of the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JACMD provides hands-on programs that show more than 46,000 K-12 students each year the realities of how careers, money and business ownership work. JA experiences are proven to give students the edge in college completion, career readiness, earning potential, and business start-up. For more information, visit www.jamaryland.org.

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