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June 13, 2019

We've launched AT&T Positively Digital with three of Boston’s top youth organizations

Posted by Patricia Jacobs

Whether young people are on their mobile devices or in front of a computer screen, being constantly connected can present both opportunities and challenges for our teens. That’s why last week, AT&T and three of Boston’s top youth organizations — Camp Harbor View, The Base, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston — launched a new initiative called AT&T Positively DigitalSM.

AT&T Positively Digital is designed to equip middle and high school students in Boston with leadership and online safety skills for the digital age. Throughout 2019, we will be developing events, activities and curricula that help kids enhance communication and critical thinking skills and encourage constructive online behavior. Youth at these organizations will create social media campaigns and learn how to use their voices for good through media like online radio and podcasts.

Last week’s launch event, held at the Boston Public Library, featured a panel discussion about leadership with three Boston youth, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. We also debuted two short films featuring the Governor and the Mayor, which they filmed with Boston teens as part of AT&T Positively Digital.



AT&T Positively Digital is part of the AT&T BelievesSM initiative, a nationwide commitment to engaging on issues critical to the wellbeing of the neighborhoods where we work and live.

I encourage you to read below, where you’ll find: more information about this effort; an op-ed that ran in the Boston Globe written by the heads of our three collaborating organizations; and links to the Mayor’s and Governor’s videos.

And be sure to follow @ATTNewEngland on Twitter for program updates, where you can use #ATTBelieves to join the conversation.

By making positive choices online, Boston’s youth can harness the power of technology to build a confident self-image, create positivity and support, and build strong, nurturing communities.

Sincerely,

Patricia Jacobs
President — AT&T New England
@ATTNewEngland

 


Learn More

  AT&T Launches digital leadership initiative for Boston teens

  AT&T Positively Digital empowers Boston’s youth to use technology to better their communities, both online and off. For more information, visit attbelieves.com/boston.

  Boston Globe Opinion: "Creating positive communities online and in our neighborhoods," By Sharon McNally, Josh Kraft and Robert Lewis Jr.

  As part of AT&T Positively Digital, Governor Baker hosted an intimate roundtable in May with a small group of Boston teens to discuss online leadership. Watch the roundtable.

  Mayor Walsh filmed a Public Service Announcement with youth from each of the three participating organizations about the impact of online behavior on the community. Watch the PSA.


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April 25, 2019

Cultivating our impact

Posted by Patricia Jacobs

Alongside the change in seasons comes a change in how we perceive the world around us. As part of our commitment to the environment, we’ve worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab to further develop our climate resiliency plan through the creation of a 30-year climate modeling tool. The tool will help us to better anticipate and plan for the impacts of a changing climate — just in time for Earth Day.

But that’s not all. April is also national volunteer month. We’re celebrating by honoring the many AT&T employee volunteers — some of whom have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

We are constantly focused on making our communities stronger, and nothing shows that quite like our commitment to the environment, and to each other.

Sincerely,

Patricia Jacobs
President — AT&T New England

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April 24, 2019

The climate is changing, and so are we

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

Climate

AT&T has engaged the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory for help on a Climate Change Resiliency Project to better anticipate, prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This is the first such project publicly announced in the telecommunications industry. It has brought together insights from Argonne National Laboratory’s leading climate and environmental science with AT&T data scientists. This has led to AT&T developing a Climate Change Analysis Tool that will help anticipate potential impacts of climate change on our network infrastructure and business operations 30 years into the future.

“Extreme weather and climate-related events disrupt businesses, public services and communities,” said Scott Mair, president, AT&T Operations. “Together with Argonne National Laboratory, we’re using industry-leading science and technology to assess the risks of a changing climate to our business, so we can make data-driven decisions to better serve our customers and improve our corporate resilience.”

By combining Argonne National Laboratory’s regional climate modeling data with sophisticated mapping capabilities, the tool allows AT&T to visualize climate change risk on company infrastructure and make smarter, climate-informed decisions for the future. For example, instead of relying on 10-day weather forecasts and historic events, we can now visualize climate-related events, such as projected sea-level rise, surrounding copper lines, fiber cable locations, cell sites, central offices and much more decades into the future. This information can be used to help us plan for maintenance, disaster recovery and future construction to best serve our customers and the communities we serve.

“Global climate change does not affect all regions or communities in the same way,” said Dr. Rao Kotamarthi, chief scientist, Argonne National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Science and Climate research group. “At Argonne National Laboratory, we are using high-resolution models and vast statistical techniques to project climate change at regional, local, and even neighborhood scales. Our project applies this detailed information to AT&T’s infrastructure planning, so it can safeguard networks and help ensure resiliency as the climate changes around it.”

AT&T is piloting the Climate Change Analysis Tool in the Southeastern United States, which has been hit hard by severe weather and hurricanes in recent years, and is exploring the possibility of expanding the project to include additional regions in the future. In coordination with Argonne National Laboratory, we’ll also make the regional climate modeling data calculated by Argonne National Laboratory for AT&T available to the public, including universities, municipalities and others, to use in their own climate risk analysis.

“As a company, we’ve long been working to help mitigate the impacts of climate change,” said Charlene Lake, AT&T senior vice president - corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer. “This project builds upon these efforts and helps boost climate resiliency for our business, our employees and our customers, who count on us to adapt and recover quickly when disaster strikes.”

AT&T is taking action to help build climate resilience for our business, our employees and our communities. We’ve invested more than 150,000 working hours and $650 million in our Network Disaster Recovery program to help keep customers connected when disaster strikes.1 Between 2014 and 2018, we’ve donated $3.7 million in humanitarian aid to support communities impacted by climate-related events. And, along with our employees, we’ve provided an additional $5.4 million in aid to more than 5,700 AT&T employees impacted by natural disasters events through our employee relief funds since 2011.2

AT&T’s Climate Resiliency Project is just one of our environmental sustainability initiatives. We have set a 10x Carbon Reduction goal to enable carbon savings 10x the footprint of our operations by 2025. To help reach this goal, we are working across our company to make our network, fleet and operations more efficient. We’re also helping our customers leverage technology, such as mobile connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT), to help reduce their carbon emissions. AT&T is one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the U.S., and our investments are helping to support America’s transition to a low-carbon economy and enable a clean energy future.

More information on the Climate Change Analysis Tool is available in our Road to Resiliency White Paper. For more information on our programs and our commitment to the environment, visit att.com/environment.


1 AT&T Disaster Response Issue Brief https://about.att.com/csr/home/issue-brief-builder/people/disaster-response.html

2 Employee relief funds refer to programs paid by the AT&T Foundation Employee Disaster Relief Fund and the AT&T Employee Relief Fund. Visit https://about.att.com/csr/home/issue-brief-builder/people/disaster-response.html for more information

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April 23, 2019

Together, we do more

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts 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 of our employees — including the employees who received the PVSA in Massachusetts this year — who are making communities better by volunteering and supporting causes they believe in.

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April 22, 2019

Celebrating National Volunteer Month and AT&T Employee Volunteers

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

Volunteers

For more than 100 years, AT&T employees have given their time, talents and resources to causes that matter most to them. From mentoring students, supporting our military, improving our environment and everything in-between. AT&T employee volunteers make our company and our communities stronger.

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January 24, 2019

We are committed to your safety

Posted by Patricia Jacobs

The holiday season comes with a lot of good cheer, but also many distractions. AT&T New England wants to drive home the message that we are committed to your safety and remind everyone that distracted driving is never OK.

This month, our team has been out in communities around New England hosting IT CAN WAIT events to inform drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and to encourage them to stay safe on the road.

In Vermont and Massachusetts, we hosted the IT CAN WAIT Virtual Reality Experience that uses state-of-the-art technology to put participants face-to-face with the very real consequences of distracted driving. And in Rhode Island, we marked the 100th IT CAN WAIT high school assembly in the state, reaching more than 30,000 students, culminating a 6-year joint initiative with the Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

AT&T research has found nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving. People are texting from behind the wheel — they’re checking email, accessing social media and even snapping photos. Nearly 4-in-10 people say that distracted driving is a habit. Sadly, this pattern of behavior has had deadly consequences far too many times.

I encourage you to join the nearly 33 million other people who have visited www.itcanwait.com and taken the pledge to never drive distracted. Help us inspire others to be safe on the road — one pledge could save a life.

From everyone here at AT&T New England, I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Patricia Jacobs

President — AT&T New England

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December 18, 2018

WCVB: "Mass. State House turned into Virtual Reality Crash Site"

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

Click the It Can Wait logo to watch this WCVB segment on AT&T's virtually reality experience about distracted driving:It Can Wait


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August 28, 2018

AT&T Invests More Than $425 Million Dollars Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Massachusetts

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

At AT&T1*, we've invested more than $425 million dollars in our Massachusetts 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 603 wireless network upgrades in Massachusetts. We added bandwidth, additional carriers and built new transmission sites. 

"AT&T continues our commitment to enhancing our Massachusetts network in new and innovative ways," said Patricia Jacobs, President of AT&T – New England. "We are working closely with local leaders to bring small cells to communities across the Commonwealth, which will help boost capacity and speed and provide the necessary backbone for the next generation of technology."

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

  • 278 bandwidth expansions
  • 315 additional carriers
  • 10 new transmission sites

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

Since the formation of the FirstNet public-private partnership a little over a year ago, governors from all 50 states, 5 territories and D.C. recognized the value of FirstNet, joining in its mission to strengthen and modernize public safety's communications capabilities.

FirstNet is a new nationwide communications platform dedicated to America's public safety community. As we build, deploy and evolve FirstNet, we will build upon our current and planned investments in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts or anywhere in the U.S., go to the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please go to the AT&T network news page.

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October 27, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

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

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

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

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

Veterans day

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

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

Sincerely,

Patricia Jacobs
President — AT&T New England

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July 31, 2017

Connecting people to opportunity: AT&T Annual Sustainability Report

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

At AT&T, we are using the power of our network, our workforce and our connections to drive positive change in communities. Our successes in this effort are in large part due to our employees’ commitment to the greater good.

It’s because of this dedication that for the 3rd time in 5 years, AT&T has been named the top community-minded communications company in the U.S. by The Civic 50.

Additionally, we announced our first milestone toward our goal of enabling customer carbon savings 10x the footprint of AT&T’s operations by 2025. This update includes a methodology for measuring our impact and our first customer case study about the carbon benefits of connected shipping pallets.

Side-by-side with nonprofits, peers and customers, we are working to measure the carbon- and cost-savings enabled by our technology so more businesses can understand how they can use technology to help improve the environment.

These stories and more are articulated in the 2016 edition of our Annual Sustainability Update and 28 associated issue briefs. The report highlights the progress our company is making through a variety of citizenship and sustainability initiatives designed to help the individuals, communities and environments that need it most.

Check out some additional highlights from the report:

CSR update

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May 25, 2017

AT&T honoring our nation’s heroes

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

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

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

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

Why I Carry The Load

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

At AT&T, we are honored to support our nation’s service men and women. To learn more about how to get involved and see Carry The Load's full relay route from coast to coast here.

Enjoy a safe Memorial Day.

Comment to show your support below.

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March 16, 2017

FLYING COWs leading us into the future, and more!

Posted by Patricia Jacobs

Dear Friends,

The future is here. Our customers want to download content faster, stay connected with family and friends and have greater control over their home. That’s why AT&T continues to lead and innovate in this space — from IoTs to flying drones, we want to make sure our network is ready for what our customers want and for the possibilities that the future holds. We’re also focused on the future of our communities, which is why we support mentorship and career programs through community organizations and AT&T organizations like HACEMOS. As we look back at the first quarter of 2017, we have done so much, but we know there is so much more to do. And we won’t be able to do it without you.

Sincerely,

Patricia Jacobs
President — AT&T New England

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March 15, 2017

Boston students explore STEM careers at the AT&T ‘High Tech Day’

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HACEMOS mentoring with students

A group of students from Boston Latin Academy had an opportunity to meet with AT&T professionals from across New England and discuss future careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries.

The interactive event, held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the AT&T Regulatory and External Affairs Office in Boston, was part of the HACEMOS National High Tech Day. More than 2,000 students from 35 cities across the country took part in similar events — and each group had the chance to work virtually with their peers from other cities.

Participants in Boston were partnered with students from Wichita Falls and Miami.

HACEMOS is the AT&T Hispanic/Latino employee resource group. They have established a scholarship program to assist children of Hispanic origin and children of active HACEMOS members who plan to continue their education in college.

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March 14, 2017

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a FLYING COW

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

When we first announced our drone program back in July 2016, I’m sure you were intrigued, yet slightly confused. Well, since our announcement we have been working on what we like to call “Flying COWs.”
FLYING COW video

A Flying COW is a cell site on a drone. But what does COW stand for? In a nutshell, it stands for “Cell On Wings” Pretty clever, huh?

Recently our drone team — in what we believe is an industry first — successfully completed a live test flight of a Flying COW transmitting and receiving speed data outside a field in Atlanta. The Flying COW plays an important role for our Network Disaster Recovery team, and we’ll also look to use them to enhance coverage at big events like music festivals. Once operational, 1 Flying COW could eventually provide coverage to an area of up to 40 square miles.

Be sure to check out this video to watch AT&T’s Flying COW in action!

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March 14, 2017

“M” in LTE-M should stand for MORE – more Internet of Things

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

The world of connected devices is already here, with more ordinary objects becoming extraordinaryAT&T is a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) and our plans for a nationwide deployment of a LTE-M network for Internet of Things is ahead of schedule in the second quarter of 2017. We’re also planning LTE-M availability in Mexico by the end of the year.

LTE-M will be the catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments. Allowing more businesses and people to tap into IoT will transform how we live, work and care for our world. Currently, we are already testing LTE-M network and chipset technology in:

Bullet pointSmart water meters with Capstone Metering
Bullet pointSmart pallets with RM2
Bullet pointSmart beverage fountains with PepsiCo
Bullet pointConsumer devices with Samsung
Bullet pointShipping container monitoring with Xirgo Technologies
Bullet pointConnected vehicles and fleet & asset management with CalAmp
Bullet pointHome security and automation with Telular.

Devices designed to operate on the LTE-M network have advantages over traditional IoT connectivity options. You’ll see:

Lower device costs 

Longer battery life (expected up to 10 years)

Better coverage underground and deep inside buildings

Module Size (as small as 1/6 the size of current modules)

 

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March 02, 2017

2 Massachusetts-based charities will square off against charities across America

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

Brackets for GoodFriendly rivalry will help nonprofits win big — including 2 based in Massachusetts — and you can join in the fun! AT&T is teaming up with Brackets For Good to host Brackets For Good USA, the first national online bracket-style fundraising competition.

From Feb. 24 through March 31, 64 nonprofits will compete for donors’ support, with every dollar donated earning 1 “point” to help them advance to the next round. Massachusetts-based nonprofits Good Sports, Inc. and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership will square off against charities across America. The nonprofits get to keep their donations, and the winner takes home an additional $100,000 from an AT&T contribution  to Brackets For Good. 

It’s competitive giving — and everybody wins. Learn more and support your favorite nonprofit today at usa.bfg.org!

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January 20, 2017

Supporting Innovation & Sharing Highlights

Posted by Patricia Jacobs

Dear Friends,

We’re kicking off 2017 with a renewed effort to work with innovators across the country to support students’ educational and career success. We’ll also be working with state and local leaders across Massachusetts to keep our customers — and their constituents — connected to each other and their world. Our industry is changing faster than ever, and we want to make sure public policies keep up with those changes.

We’re looking forward to a great year.

As always, I welcome your feedback.

Sincerely,

Patricia Jacobs
President — AT&T Massachusetts


Connected to Good

The new year is a perfect time to celebrate and reflect on experiences and accomplishments from the last 12 months. We focus on the communities in which we live and work across the country. Before we walk too far into 2017, we wanted to take a moment to share highlights of some of our milestones in 2016.

Mentorship Mentorship

In the Fall of 2012, AT&T set out to impact the lives of students through 1 million hours of mentoring by the end of 2016. We met that goal in January of 2016, with our employees mentoring more than 160,000 students in 336 cities.

Employee mentoring is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative to promote success in school and beyond.

Read more here.

STEM logo STEM

Ninety percent of parents want their children to have access to computer science education at school, and teachers agree. However, three-quarters of U.S. schools do not offer meaningful computer science courses.
In 2016 we continued to support organizations that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). In April, our chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, joined other CEOs in signing an open letter to Congress, asking for federal funding to provide every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer science.

Read more here.

Veterans logo Veterans

AT&T actively focuses on recruiting veterans into career paths because the experience and skills gained through the military are an invaluable contribution to the workforce. Last spring we announced plans to hire an additional 10,000 veterans, bringing our veteran hiring commitment to a total of 20,000 by 2020.

This commitment was announced at the White House Joining Forces event, with more than 50 other companies also dedicated to hiring and training veterans and military spouses. The hiring commitment from AT&T was one of the largest announced.

Read more here


sustainability logo Sustainability

At AT&T, we work hard to help create a better, more environmentally sustainable world by providing technologies that enable things like connected cars and homes; smarter and more resilient energy grids; and tools to help cities manage traffic to reduce pollution.

Connecting to good is a daily commitment, and we take pride in tracking and measuring our progress. In August, we released our annual corporate social responsibility update on our year-round efforts.

Click here for our full report.

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January 19, 2017

Inauguration 2017: Stars, Stripes and Selfies

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

Stars Stripes and Selfies phones

Can you even begin to imagine what nearly 1 million people will look like standing on the National Mall on Inauguration Day? You can bet nearly all of these people will be holding their phones up high wanting to share the Inauguration of the country’s new President with friends and family through text messages, photos and social media. That’s a massive number of people using their smartphones in the same place at the same time. And a massive amount of demand placed on our network. There is no doubt; this is a challenge to support. But it’s a challenge we’ve been planning to take on for more than 2 years.

AT&T is investing nearly $15 million and more than quintupling network capacity throughout D.C. to boost the network for the Inauguration. We’re also making hundreds of permanent upgrades that will benefit the District for years to come, including LTE capacity upgrades to more than 20 cell sites. We’re also rolling out 7 Super Cell on Wheels (COWs) along the 2-mile National Mall, with 2 of the COWs equipped with our highest-capacity antenna — the Drum Set Antenna — providing 20 times more network capacity than a traditional cell site. This is our largest temporary network deployment ever. In total, our 7 Super COW deployment, along the National Mall, is equal to nearly 50 traditional cell sites.

2012 vs. 2016 — How has Mobile Technology Changed in 4 Years?

A lot has changed in just 4 years since the last Presidential Inauguration. Our network engineers continue to see massive mobile data growth on our network and have developed innovative technology to keep up with the demand. Since 2007, data usage on our network has grown by 250,000% — due to the rise in popularity of video streaming apps and mobile internet usage.

In 2013, during President Barack Obama’s second Inauguration, although the crowd was smaller than 2009, data usage on our D.C.-area network was more than 16 times larger than it was during Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. We expect to see even more data usage this year, as streaming video and apps (like Snapchat) have gained in popularity.

bullet pointFor the 2013 Inauguration, we deployed Cell on Wheels (COWs) to boost coverage along the National Mall, but they’re nothing like the Super COWs we have at our disposal this year. For context, one Super COW is equal to 6 COWs in 2012 and is able to provide more than 30 times network capacity.

bullet pointIn 2012, 35% of adults in the U.S. owned smartphones, compared to more than 72% in 2016. That means there will be a lot more people using social media, streaming, tweeting and snapping at this year’s Inauguration compared to 2013.

During the Inauguration, local and national network teams will watch the network closely — ready to respond quickly as needed. At AT&T, we do everything we can to make sure you’re able to share your experiences from your smartphone with others. Whether that’s streaming the Inauguration live from your desk or in person on the National Mall with a million other people.

For more information, be sure to read the Innovation Space blog by Scott Mair.

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January 19, 2017

More Control Over Nuisance Calls — For Free

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

More control over unwanted callsMore control over unwanted calls

AT&T* Call Protect is the new, free network-based service that gives eligible AT&T wireless customers with HD Voice more control over unwanted calls on their smartphones.¹

This innovative solution harnesses the power of the AT&T network to give customers automatic fraud blocking and suspected spam call warnings.

Simply add the feature through your myAT&T account or the AT&T Call Protect app and get these benefits:

orange bullet pointAutomatic fraud blocking, which helps reduce the chances that a customer will become the victim of a phone fraud or scam by stopping these types of calls in the network before they even reach the phone.²

orange bullet pointSuspected spam warnings on the incoming call screen, which lets a customer choose whether or not to answer calls that originate from a suspected spam source.³ (must be in HD voice coverage area)

“Nuisance calls are an industry-wide problem that unfortunately affect many people,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device and Network Services Marketing, AT&T. “We’ve listened to our customers and know they want a network that provides tools to proactively assist in blocking nuisance calls. AT&T Call Protect, along with others, will help put customers more in control of the calls they receive.”

You can extend this innovative network-based service and get more optional features, including temporary call blocking4, by downloading the complementary AT&T Call Protect mobile companion app.

To learn more, visit att.com/callprotect. To report unwanted calls and text messages, visit att.com/fraud.

¹AT&T Call Protect: Available to AT&T consumer postpaid wireless customers with iOS or Android smartphones that are eligible for AT&T HD Voice. For information on AT&T HD Voice, visit att.com/hdvoice. ²Automatic Fraud Blocking: May inadvertently block wanted calls, but settings can be adjusted to turn off blocking or allow specifically designated numbers. ³Suspected Spam Warning: Must be in AT&T HD Voice coverage area to be alerted to suspected spam calls. Suspected spam may include service messages and/or other permitted calls. 4Temporary Call Block: Requires AT&T Call Protect App. Permits blocking of phone numbers for up to 30 days at a time. Does not permit blocking of unknown numbers. www.att.com/callprotectterms 

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January 19, 2017

Support Innovations to Help Every Student Achieve

Posted by AT&T Massachusetts Team

AT&T is calling on innovative ed-tech ventures to apply for the 2017 AT&T Aspire Accelerator

Apply now for AT&T AspireIn its third year, the Aspire Accelerator’s mission is to support innovations that can help every student achieve a bright, successful future — exponentially and at scale. For- and non-profit organizations chosen to participate in the program receive financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship.

The Aspire Accelerator is open to any venture working to develop technology to support students’ educational and career success. The 11 previous participants have thrived in the program and, together, have reached more than 4 million students.

The Aspire Accelerator application is open through Feb. 7, and the program will begin with selected ventures in May 2017. To learn more and apply, please visit www.att.com/aspireaccelerator.

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