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February 20, 2018

Congress needs to establish an 'Internet Bill of Rights'

Posted by John Sondag

You've heard a lot about net neutrality in the news lately.

I want to share with you AT&T's perspective on the issue.

You should know that AT&T is committed to an open internet. We don't block websites. We don't censor online content. And we don't throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period.

We favor federal legislation to ensure that there is one set of rules that applies to all internet companies, and includes internet and privacy protections for consumers.

A patchwork of different state rules would confuse consumers, harm competition, and impede innovation and investment.
Net neutrality
Congress needs to act to establish an "Internet Bill of Rights" that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.

For more information, I wanted you to see the open letter that our Chairman shared recently in major national newspapers.

Sincerely,

John Sondag
President — AT&T Missouri


Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

PeopleGovernment rules for the internet have been debated for nearly as long as the internet has existed, even before a professor coined the term “net neutrality” 15 years ago.


The internet has changed our lives and grown beyond what anyone could have imagined. And it’s done so, for the most part, with very few—but often changing—rules. Regulators under four different presidents have taken four different approaches. Courts have overturned regulatory decisions. Regulators have reversed their predecessors. And because the internet is so critical to everyone, it’s understandably confusing and a bit concerning when you hear the rules have recently changed, yet again.

It is time for Congress to end the debate once and for all, by writing new laws that govern the internet and protect consumers.

Until they do, I want to make clear what you can expect from AT&T.

AT&T is committed to an open internet. We don’t block websites. We don’t censor online content. And we don’t throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period.

We have publicly committed to these principles for over 10 years. And we will continue to abide by them in providing our customers the open internet experience they have come to expect.

But the commitment of one company is not enough. Congressional action is needed to establish an “Internet Bill of Rights” that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.

Legislation would not only ensure consumers’ rights are protected, but it would provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies across all websites, content, devices and applications. In the very near future, technological advances like self-driving cars, remote surgery and augmented reality will demand even greater performance from the internet. Without predictable rules for how the internet works, it will be difficult to meet the demands of these new technology advances.

That’s why we intend to work with Congress, other internet companies and consumer groups in the coming months to push for an “Internet Bill of Rights” that permanently protects the open internet for all users and encourages continued investment for the next generation of internet innovation.

Randall Stephenson
AT&T Chairman and CEO

November 01, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by AT&T Missouri 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,

AT&T Missouri Team

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October 17, 2017

AT&T Open Source Lab at T-REX

Posted by AT&T Missouri Team

Join us for a Lab Build Day!

Please join us at T-REX (911 Washington Ave., 5th floor) at 2pm on October 26th for a collaborative build day with both T-REX and AT&T. Meet the servers for some rack-and-stack experience, meet potential collaborators from AT&T and T-REX, and enjoy a post-build networking session, beginning at 4 pm.

Contact Elise Eiden (elise.a.eiden@att.com) to RSVP or with any questions.

No RSVP needed for networking reception



Vision
An open source focused lab, housed in the T-REX Innovation Center, and a short walk from the downtown AT&T Saint Louis technology development hub. This physical presence will leverage surplus AT&T server infrastructure to give initial users, AT&T employees and T-REX tenants, transformational hands-on experience with cloud hardware and software. It will serve as a resource for open source related work in the Saint Louis startup community and beyond, and as a physical collaboration point between AT&T and the open source world.



Opportunity
This lab enables efforts across the St. Louis tech community via:

  • Opportunities for partnership and/or collaboration: Take advantage of the lab’s location in T-REX, which will provide AT&T with proximity to local tech startups and university partners. This location enables a unique opportunity for networking, as well as a neutral ground development lab for collaboration.
  • Open source product invigoration: Attract new developers to business-relevant open source projects and revitalize development communities. The lab encourages and enables open source development, and can be particularly useful in bug fixes and feature development in business-relevant projects.
  • Lab space for testing: Utilize the lab as an environment for open source product evaluation and testing.
  • Training opportunities: Gain hands-on experience with “racking and stacking” the lab’s physical data center infrastructure and networking. Host training environments to simplify and enhance training opportunities. 

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July 24, 2017

Here are our diverse commitments and improved solutions

Posted by John Sondag

Dear Friends,

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

From investing nearly $1.8 billion in our Missouri wired and wireless networks — pursuing policy situations that help make our business stronger — to blocking a billion robocalls for a more desirable phone experience — AT&T is committed to seeing how the “power of &” can change all of our lives for the better.

Finally, I’d like to commend some of our colleagues who exemplified dedication to service. As many of you know, earlier this year, Missouri recently experienced severe flooding, and the effort to save our network and our customers was just short of unbelievable. A huge debt of gratitude and thanks to our Network teams for their monumental efforts to keep customers in service.

Sincerely,

John Sondag
President — AT&T Missouri

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July 24, 2017

AT&T invests nearly $1.8 billion over 3-year period to enhance local networks in Missouri

Posted by AT&T Missouri Team

$1.8 billion invested over 3 year period in local Missouri networksInvestments that we make in Missouri provide for faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity for our community — and improve critical services that support public safety and first responders. That’s why we’ve invested nearly $ 1.8 billion in our Missouri wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. 

In 2016, AT&T made 2,000 wireless network upgrades in Missouri, including new cell sites, expanded capacity at existing cell sites. Other notable Missouri network enhancements in 2016 included:

circleExpansion of AT&T Fiber ultra-fast internet footprint, which now reaches nearly 125,000 living units in the Kansas City metro and more than 75,000 in the St. Louis metro.

circle Upgrades to the Distributed Antenna Systems at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Faurot Field in Columbia.

circleDeployment of Cell on Wheels mobile cell towers for dozens of special events, including the Presidential Debate in St. Louis, St. Louis Mardi Gras, Kansas City’s Rockfest, the Missouri State Fair and Marian Days.

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

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July 24, 2017

More than 1 billion robocalls blocked

Posted by AT&T Missouri Team

Robocalls blocked

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.


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May 24, 2017

AT&T honoring our nation’s heroes

Posted by AT&T Missouri Team

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

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

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

Why I Carry The Load

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

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

Enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day.

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May 09, 2017

AT&T Invests Nearly $1.8 Billion Over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks in Missouri

Posted by AT&T Missouri Team

At AT&T¹, we’ve invested nearly $1.8 billion in our Missouri wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2016, AT&T made more than 2,000 wireless network upgrades in Missouri. These upgrades included new cell sites, the addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.

“We’re investing to provide fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want customers to have access to their communications, data and entertainment from their devices when and where they want it,” said John Sondag, president, AT&T Missouri. “These continued investments bring Missouri residents and businesses a host of new opportunities.”

“AT&T’s network investment in Missouri is exactly what we need to help grow a thriving, prosperous state economy,” said Dan Mehan, president, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Missouri’s economic future depends on this essential infrastructure, which helps keep residents connected to vital resources and enables businesses to grow their operations and expand their workforce.”

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

  • More than 2,000 wireless network upgrades, including new cell sites, expanded capacity at existing cell sites.
  • Expansion of AT&T Fiber ultra-fast internet footprint, which now reaches nearly 125,000 living units in the Kansas City metro and more than 75,000 in the St. Louis metro.
  • Upgrades to the Distributed Antenna Systems at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Faurot Field in Columbia.
  • Deployment of Cell on Wheels mobile cell towers for dozens of special events, including the Presidential Debate in St. Louis, St. Louis Mardi Gras, Kansas City’s Rockfest, the Missouri State Fair and Marian Days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 03, 2017

AT&T to Deliver Nation's First-Ever Public Safety Network

Posted by AT&T Missouri Team

There’s no connection more important than one that can save a life. During emergencies, lives depend on public safety personnel communicating without interruption. Unfortunately today, police, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel often lack the interoperable communications capabilities needed to coordinate and communicate across agencies and jurisdictions when disaster strikes.

That’s why FirstNet, an independent authority established by Congress in 2012, has just selected AT&T to build and manage America’s first-ever nationwide broadband network dedicated to first responders. This is a major step forward for public safety and for the broadband network our nation’s first responders have fought for and deserve.

The FirstNet network will strengthen and modernize public safety’s communications capabilities, enabling them to coordinate and respond more quickly and effectively during day-to-day operations, as well as man-made and natural disasters. The ability to share data, videos and photos — and to access apps — can provide life-saving insights even before emergency personnel arrive on the scene.

FirstNet

Our employees represent a nearly 140-year-old heritage of providing innovative, robust, resilient networking capabilities for first responders and public safety agencies. We look forward to collaborating with FirstNet and each of the 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia to develop adoption plans specific to their needs.

For more information on the selection of AT&T, please visit att.com/FirstResponderNews.

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November 11, 2016

This Veterans Day, AT&T is inviting you to thank a veteran at home or a veteran you've never met

Posted by AT&T Missouri Team

We are proud to join our voices to yours with the simple message to our veterans: thank you for your service!Twitter Bird

Please click here to share your story, or scroll below to view others messages of thanks.

 

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