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December 06, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Tara Thue

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting the U.S. Army, to connecting AT&T employees to career pipelines, or even connecting students to academic training, at its core, this is what all of us at AT&T do every day. I am so proud of what we have accomplished this year in Montana, and as I look forward to 2018 I am excited for what is to come. But before we get to January, I want to wish all of you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!

Stay on top of what we are doing by visiting our state site. You can find me on Twitter @tarathue.

Sincerely,

Tara Thue
External & Legislative Affairs Director — AT&T Montana


Don't Be 1 of the 5%

Cyberaware

Five percent of consumers in the U.S. text their passwords to their accounts (not a good idea) … 5% of consumers use consecutive letters or numbers for their passwords (you might as well text those passwords to the bad guys in the first place) … 5% of consumers provide their personal or financial info to an email sender without verifying who they are.

The good news is that most Americans know that these are things we should not be doing online if we want to protect ourselves. The challenge is that the crooks are getting smarter, making it harder for consumers to know what to do to protect themselves online. That’s why AT&T just launched att.com/CyberAware.

Bookmark — and regularly visit — this site to learn about the latest tips for protecting yourself and your family, and stay up to date on the latest threats. From ID theft, to malware to robocalls and other concerns, we’ve put the resources all in one place.

*FleishmanHillard survey, on behalf of AT&T, of 1,020 American consumers age 18 and older online between Sept. 28 and Oct. 1, 2017

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December 05, 2017

U.S. Army Chooses AT&T for Modernized Global Communications

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Army

With nearly 1 million users globally, the U.S. Army has chosen AT&T for its latest contract to unify and modernize their communications capabilities.

We’re providing the Army with a new way to think about connectivity. Our services will make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally. These services include voice, video, chat, instant messaging, presence and screen sharing. Army mechanics overseas can share screens with experts at a home station to speed repairs. Commanders and their staffs can use live video links to collaborate across different locations or direct troop operations abroad.

Army personnel in the U.S. and abroad will have access to these services on demand from their desktops, laptops and approved mobile devices. The Army will not need to buy new equipment. The services are cloud-based, and we will manage them. We are also delivering them in classified and highly secure unclassified formats.

“We’re honored to deliver capabilities that complement our vision of a ‘Network of the Future’ for the Army,” said Kay Kapoor, president, AT&T Global Public Sector. “These services will help the heroes who defend our nation to connect, share and keep us safe.”

The U.S. Army’s modernization efforts align with Department of Defense strategies to maintain the military’s technological advantage through the use of commercial cloud services.

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December 04, 2017

Employee Uncovers Grandpa’s Secret World War II AT&T Project that Changed the World

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HistoryBrian Rexroad, vice president of Security Platforms in Bedminster, New Jersey, always knew that his grandfather Carl Rumpel had worked for AT&T. But when you’re a kid, you don’t think to ask what “Gramp” did from day to day. Recently, when going through one of his grandfather’s old journals, Brian made an amazing discovery: his grandfather fought Nazis, by helping to create a voice encryption system called SIGSALY.

“It’s one of the first — if not the first — voice encryption systems that was used by [Winston] Churchill and [Franklin D.] Roosevelt to communicate during a World War II effort,” Rexroad said.

Yes, the man Brian called “Gramp” was instrumental in creating technology that was used to defeat Nazi Germany. With stations set up in Washington, D.C., London and Northern Africa, SIGSALY allowed phone conversations without any unwanted listening in.

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November 08, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Tara Thune

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’ve also joined with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in a public-private partnership to build and manage America’s only communications platform purpose-built for public safety. In August, Montana became the 12th state or territory to “opt-in” to FirstNet and as of Nov. 1, a total of 28 states or territories have signed on so far.

On Veterans Day and every day, we are thankful for our service members. Join me this Veterans Day in thanking our heroes for their bravery and sacrifices.

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

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

Sincerely,

Tara Thue
External & Legislative Affairs Director — AT&T Montana

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October 06, 2017

There's so much happening in Montana and around the country

Posted by Tara Thune

Our Montana team is looking forward to a successful fall season. Be sure to read about how Montana opted-in to FirstNet and became the 12th state/territory to join the program. There are now 25 states/territories that have chosen to opt-in to FirstNet.

With back-to-school activities in full swing, we also are proud to collaborate with the Khan Academy this fall — learn more about how you can become involved this month.

Our thoughts are with the thousands of individuals who are being impacted by the earthquakes in Mexico and by Hurricane Harvey, Irma & Maria. Find out below how you can give and how AT&T is supporting recovery efforts. AT&T has been issuing credits to AT&T wireless customers in impacted areas for additional data, voice and text charges, and AT&T PREPAID for additional voice and text charges. AT&T’s Network Disaster Recovery Teams will also continue to deploy equipment in places damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

And most recently, we keep Nevada in our hearts. After the horrific events in Las Vegas, AT&T mobilized a text to give campaign for the University Medical Center Foundation (UMCF) to secure donations for Nevada’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and support their treatment of patients in need.

Sincerely,

Tara Thue
External & Legislative Affairs Director — AT&T Montana


Did you hear? Montana became the 12th state/territory to join FirstNet! 

Firstnet

In August, Gov. Steve Bullock announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community. This will make Montana the 12th state or territory to "opt in" to FirstNet and bring advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities. There are now 25 states/territories that have chosen to partner with AT&T to deliver America’s first network dedicated to first responders as well as updates on how small cells help our cities.

"This partnership will allow us to provide our first responders increased capabilities to communicate effectively with the public as quickly as possible," said Gov. Bullock. "As wildfires across the state impact our communities and our hometowns, it's critical that we support the efforts of the men and women protecting Montana with all resources available."

AT&T, in a public private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Montana's public safety community at no cost to the state for the next 25 years. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

By opting in, Gov. Bullock is making one of the most economical and technologically advanced decisions for the state's first responders and the residents they serve. The FirstNet network will transform the way Montana's fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, FirstNet and AT&T will:

  • Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies, and supporting large events, like the annual Evil Knievel Days celebration in Butte or the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  • Create an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters. This includes the 2012 wildfires that burned 1.1 million acres across the state, the Lodgepole Complex Fire and the recent Liberty Fire near Arlee.
  • Enhance network coverage across Montana's topographically diverse landscape, benefitting first responders and residents throughout the state's rural and tribal lands.
  • Provide first responders with access to dedicated network deployable assets for additional coverage and support when needed.
  • Drive infrastructure investments and create jobs across the state.
  • Usher in a new wave of innovation that first responders can depend on. This will create an ever-evolving set of life-saving tools for public safety, including public safety apps, specialized devices and Internet of Things technologies. It also carries the potential for future integration with Smart Cities’ infrastructure.


To read more about Montana’s FirstNet build out plan, click here.

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October 05, 2017

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

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Hurricane relief

Two earthquakes in Mexico and a trio of hurricanes in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Houston, Louisiana and Florida have left widespread damage.

In our efforts to restore service to these areas, we've had great collaboration with government officials and others. But our people — doing the difficult, exhausting work — are making a tremendous difference.

During Hurricane Harvey, AT&T technician Hector Carrillo hauled water out of the AT&T Southwest Houston central office — 5 gallons at a time — until it could be restarted. By the time EHS arrived, Hector had removed 140 gallons of water, totaling 28 trips in waist-deep water!

There’s no doubt these disasters were merciless — 4 disasters in 4 regions in 4 weeks is hard to fathom. Many people in these communities are hurting. And there's still massive restoration to be done. But we're dedicated to seeing it through for our employees, customers and communities.

See below for a summary on our response and ongoing efforts.



Mexicodonation

Across Mexico, buildings collapsed, and there were many fires and gas leaks. Transportation systems were shut down, including highways, parts of the subway system and parts of the Mexico City airport.

Our teams continue to work around the clock and have made great progress on our network. However, the country is still under a national emergency. We are supporting CENACED, an organization actively working to aid relief efforts in Mexico and have given our customers in Mexico an option to support those affected by the earthquake by donating to the organization.



Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands list

As the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face a long road of recovery, we’re bringing much-needed relief. Significant storm damage, power outages and flooding interrupted service throughout the regions.

In Puerto Rico, a total power outage has affected movement and distribution of relief supplies, but John Donovan, AT&T Communications CEO, and our Network team landed in San Juan to help assess damage, develop recovery plans and donate bottled water, generators and other supplies.

In the meantime, we set up a website that will let anyone stateside (regardless of carrier) to register the cell phone number of a family member or friend who is an AT&T wireless customer in Puerto Rico. Thus far, over 12,250 people have signed up. When the Puerto Rico-based customer’s cell phone connects to our network in Puerto Rico, the customer will be notified that their family or friends in the U.S. have been trying to contact them.

We are also focused on network restoration in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’ve set up a portable cell site in St. Thomas. Some network services have been restored there and throughout the rest of the Virgin Islands.

We continue to work closely with local authorities. And we're ready to begin work just as soon as we can do it safely.



Florida

Our wireless network is operating normally. The number of wireline customers without service is shrinking. We’ve brought in more than 100 additional technicians from outside Florida. More than 98% of affected network equipment is back in service. We’re adding power equipment where needed to maintain and restore wireline service. We have more than 180 wireline facilities on battery power and more than 90 on generator power.

So far, we’re working to replace more than 800,000 feet of cable. More than 1,500 utility poles have been broken or damaged and need to be replaced.



Texas and Louisiana

While Harvey resulted in terrible flooding, Irma left severe wind damage. The devastation wrought by these disasters will require a long-term effort to rebuild. The one bright spot in all this is that we're making solid progress restoring our operations in those areas. We've accomplished a lot in our response to Harvey.

All our stores are open in South Texas and Louisiana. Our wireline and wireless networks are business as usual. Accessibility and safety for our teams on the ground were a major concern. But in working around the clock with officials, we were able to find ways to get into many areas.

Response

Be sure to check out a blog post by Joan Marsh, AT&T executive vice president, Regulatory & State External Affairs, titled The Tale of Three Storms.

For live AT&T Response and Updates on the recent natural disasters, please visit the AT&T Newsroom. For updates in Spanish, please visit our AT&T Spanish Newscenter.

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October 04, 2017

Small Cells: Preparing the future for wireless

Posted by AT&T Montana Team

From January 2007 through December 2016, AT&T experienced a 250,000% increase in data usage on our network. And, as streaming video continues to become more prominent and new apps and services are introduced, this growth in data usage will continue to rise.

With this mounting pressure on the mobile network, AT&T is developing additional innovative ways to enhance its existing networks, prepare for the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) — and provide the best possible experience for our customers.

With these ends in mind, we need to make installing important infrastructure, such as “small cells,” easier. By providing more targeted network capacity, small cells can make the wireless internet we depend on faster and more reliable.

small cellsSmall cells help bring the network "closer" to its users to deliver increased data capacity, faster connectivity speeds and an overall better wireless experience.

As we work to expand and implement this new technology across our network, some will undoubtedly ask, “What does the future hold for high-speed wireless internet?” The possibilities are endless. With increased connectivity speeds and network capacity, small cell deployment will help enhance and support a host of innovative services, such as telemedicine, connected cars, distance learning, smart homes, smart farms and even entire Smart Cities, with each contributing to a stronger, more connected network.

In Montana, AT&T is actively educating stakeholders on small cell deployments, working to provide the best possible experience today while laying the foundation for tomorrow’s wireless capabilities.

To learn more about AT&T’s leadership in the Internet of Things and Smart Cities evolution, please click here.

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October 03, 2017

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

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

Share Learnstorm with your student's teacher!

We want to help students get back in the groove. That’s why we’re teaming up with Khan Academy to help ensure that teachers and students have the tools needed to start the school year strong. Khan Academy’s LearnStorm is a free, 6-week online challenge from Sept. 12 to Oct. 20 that will help students build the skills and mindsets they’ll need for a successful year of learning.

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

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

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

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October 02, 2017

Workforce transformation: Exploring the talent pipeline

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Aspire

David Frederick is currently a retail sales employee in Miami. He moved to Florida from Haiti in 2008 in pursuit of a better life. As a freshman in high school, David participated in a mentoring initiative — one part of the AT&T Aspire program where he met the staff from Year Up and started on a pathway to a full-time job at AT&T.

David’s story, shown in this video, is an example of why AT&T is an undisputed leader in giving its employees opportunities to learn and grow. And that our business will continue to need new talent with the latest skills every year. 

According to McKinsey, our country is likely to have a shortage of about 40 million high-skilled workers and 45 million medium-skill workers by 2020. That’s why we continue to invest tremendous resources, attention and thought toward building the future talent pipeline, in general and for AT&T. 

That’s where our AT&T Aspire program comes in. At AT&T we’re working with successful organizations not only to cultivate a deep and diverse talent pipeline for AT&T, but also to train and educate future workers for America as a whole: we reach into schools, and we reach into communities to help teach our students how to be successful in school, but also how to provide them with life skills that make them successful in their careers.

It’s two sides of the same coin, ultimately leading to a stronger and more resilient workforce and country.


A few examples of our efforts include the following organizations:

  • We support Girls Who Code alumni by actively sharing internship and full-time opportunities with girls who have participated in summer or club programs.
  • We supply internship opportunities to young people from Genesys Works, allowing them to work in some of our core business units like Finance and Construction & Engineering.
  • And we work with Year Up, a national nonprofit that enables urban youth to move from poverty to professional careers in 1 year.
  • We also recently announced that we've teamed up with several organizations this summer to help students learn STEM skills — and have fun while doing so.


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May 25, 2017

Carrying the Load in Montana in support of our military

Posted by Tara Thue

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe summer is almost here — this year is flashing by! We have some great updates in this newsletter with an overview about our FirstNet partnership, an update on local network enhancements and a recap of the IT CAN WAIT® tours across the state.

We also have a story about AT&T's Carry the Load program, and you’ll be inspired with the article about a near-blind Boston Marathon runner who conquered his dream with help from AT&T.

As the warm weather starts to settle in, we wish you a wonderful Happy Memorial Day Weekend and a great start to the summer season!

Sincerely,

Tara Thue
External & Legislative Affairs Director — AT&T Montana

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May 24, 2017

AT&T and FirstNet

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FirstNet

AT&T is honored to work with FirstNet to build, deploy and maintain the first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network for America’s first responders. This opportunity aligns with our nearly 140-year history of serving the U.S. federal government and the public safety community. We’re committed to helping deliver the next generation of highly secure, reliable, and innovative mobile broadband communications to first responders through the FirstNet network.

Why FirstNet?

Bullet pointFirstNet’s public safety mission is to create a nationwide broadband network for America’s public safety community. The FirstNet network will strengthen and modernize public safety’s communications capabilities, enabling them to coordinate and respond more quickly and effectively in accidents, disasters, and emergencies. It will provide first responders like law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel with access to new technologies and increased capacity and reliability for their mobile communications and data needs.

Bullet pointThe purpose of the FirstNet network is to help unify and improve communications across the U.S. public safety community – including all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories – to help keep America and the first responders who protect our country safe.

Bullet point First responders across the country currently rely on more than 10,000 separate radio networks which often times do not interoperate with one another. By deploying a nationwide broadband public safety network built specifically to meet the communications needs of first responders, the FirstNet network will provide a solution to the decades-long interoperability and communications challenges first responders have experienced.

Bullet pointThe FirstNet network will support next generation technologies that can enable a faster flow of information, allowing millions of first responders to make better decisions more quickly. This will help make our communities and first responders safer.

Why AT&T for FirstNet?

Bullet pointAT&T is uniquely qualified and capable to deliver FirstNet’s public safety mission. We’ve been helping to enable public safety communications for nearly 140 years, allowing our public safety agencies and first responders to focus on what matters most — protecting communities and saving lives.

Bullet pointAT&T is well positioned to deliver the value and experience our first responders expect, and we’re committed to building and maintaining the first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network.

For more information on FirstNet, please visit www.firstnet.gov.

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May 23, 2017

AT&T invests nearly $150 million over 3-year period to enhance local networks in Montana

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Investment iconsInvestments that we make in Montana 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 $150 million in our Montana wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016.

In 2016, AT&T made 113 wireless network upgrades in Montana. We added a significant amount of LTE network capacity and expanded our LTE coverage footprint.

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 Montana 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.
 
The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Montana network enhancements in 2016 included:
 
Bullet pointAdded LTE network capacity in Great Falls, Billings, Kalispell, Bozeman, Helena, Butte, and Miles City;
 
Bullet pointAdded LTE to sites in West Yellowstone, Kalispell, Red Lodge, Bridger and Dillon.

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May 22, 2017

On the road again in Montana with IT CAN WAIT Tours

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Missoula YMCA River Run

Missoula YMCA River Run
 
These past few months our IT CAN WAIT® Montana team has been busy on the road with tours across the state. In April, AT&T hosted our distracted driving simulator at the Missoula YMCA Riverbank Run finish line where hundreds of participants took the pledge. We also provided teachers distracted driving simulator demonstrations at The Montana Traffic Education Association annual conference in Great Falls, Montana. AT&T shared the IT CAN WAIT message with over 250-plus Montana traffic education teachers. AT&T employee volunteers also demonstrated the virtual simulator and provided resources that the educators will now take back to their classrooms. Our volunteers also made contacts for future events in Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Utah and have been invited to 3 additional schools to talk about distracted driving. We also had fun with the attendees at the IGNITE Montana Spring Conference held in late April in Billings, Montana. There was a long line to try out the simulator at this event, and everyone we interacted with took our IT CAN WAIT pledge.
 
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May 22, 2017

AT&T remains committed to an open internet

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Recently, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he would open a proceeding to revisit the question of whether Congress directed the FCC to regulate the internet using the regulatory framework adopted in 1934 for the monopoly-era telephone networks. To be clear, this proceeding is not about whether the open internet will continue to be protected and preserved. That question has been asked and answered repeatedly and in the affirmative by Democratic and Republican administrations alike for well over a decade, first with the FCC Commissioners Michael Powell and Martin Principles, then with the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's Open Internet Order.

As Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, stated:

“AT&T continues to support the fundamental tenets of net neutrality. And we remain committed to open internet protections that are fair and equal for everyone.

“The bipartisan, light-touch regulatory approach that Congress established at the internet’s inception brought American consumers unparalleled investment in broadband infrastructure, created jobs and fueled economic growth. It was illogical for the FCC in 2015 to abandon that light-touch approach and instead regulate the internet under an 80-year-old law designed to set rates for the rotary-dial-telephone era."

“We applaud FCC Chairman Pai’s initiative to remove this stifling regulatory cloud over the internet. Businesses large and small will have a clearer path to invest more in our nation’s broadband infrastructure under Chairman Pai’s leadership. And we are hopeful that bipartisan agreement can be reached on principles that protect internet openness, consumer choice and vibrant competition.”

Read more about this issue on our Public Policy Blog: The real debate over the open internet.

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May 21, 2017

Carrying the Load in support of our military

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Why I Carry The Load

Enjoying a day away from the office with a few hot dogs, cold drinks and a lot of sun makes for a great Memorial Day, but that isn’t exactly what the day is all about.

In 2003, AT&T employee Matt Foster left his family, friends and future wife for an active duty deployment in the United States 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 him to get involved with 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.

At AT&T, we know our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. As a company, it is an honor to support them. As a sponsor of this year’s Carry the Load, AT&T is proud to stand behind all participants across the country. Learn more about how to get involved and see the full relay route from coast to coast here.

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May 20, 2017

WATCH: Nearly blind runner takes on marathon with the help of AT&T and Aira

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Watch Nearly Blind RunnerErich Manser compares his fading vision to peering through a drinking straw that's covered by wax paper. That’s because he was diagnosed at age 5 with degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that causes his peripheral vision to close in over time and leads to blindness. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop Erich from running in the 2017 Boston Marathon, making it the 8th time he ran the marathon. But this year, Erich navigated with an extra pair of eyes — ones located across the country.

Using the AT&T network, his smartphone and the camera on his smart glasses, Erich connected with an Aira (pronounced eye-ra) agent in Ohio. Her job was to "see" what Erich's smart glasses see. She then verbally told Erich what was happening in near real time. She helped him avoid the cracks, zig-zagging runners and flying water cups, so Erich could focus on the race. You can watch it in action in this video on the AT&T Innovation Blog.

A resident of Littleton, Massachusetts, Erich works for IBM and specializes in accessibility research. Among his projects is the self-driving car, which Erich says offers a lot of potential for people who can't drive themselves.

He became an Aira beta tester — and a subscriber to the service — and he finds himself using it more and more. Though he has a wife and daughters at home, he likes doing everyday tasks independently, when he can. With Aira, he can even decipher the tiny type on nutrition labels! He's also used it to manage his way through airports, something many of his friends who are completely blind have also had the chance to do.

"They have never in their life navigated [through] an airport — from the check-in to drop their bags, through security and the gate. It's always been something that a person needed to help them,” Erich said. “Using Aira, they've gone completely solo through that whole process, and it's been life-changing for them — and really compelling for me."

The AT&T and Aira collaboration began at the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health in Houston, where we work to bring connected and integrated healthcare solutions to the market. Providing connectivity for the startup Aira is a great example of how Internet of Things technology can help solve problems and improve lives. AT&T has connected more than 30 million "things" — or connected devices — to our network as of the end of 2016.

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April 03, 2017

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

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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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March 14, 2017

Montana News Update

Posted by Tara Thue

Dear Friends, 

With spring on the horizon and legislative session in full swing, AT&T continues to work with lawmakers on policy to keep Montana moving forward. Our goal is to continue to bring ways for innovation and economic development to flourish.

Here’s a taste of what’s happening across AT&T.

Thanks for a good beginning to 2017!

Sincerely,

Tara Thue
External & Legislative Affairs Director — AT&T Montana

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March 13, 2017

AT&T Ranks #1 in Telecom Globally in FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies for Third Year in a Row

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3 years in a rowAT&T Also Ranked Among World's Top 50 Most Admired Companies 

AT&T* was recognized recently by FORTUNE magazine as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017 for the third year in a row.

“Our industry has never been more dynamic than it is right now. And that makes this recognition particularly meaningful,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. “It’s really a tribute to the hard work and customer commitment of each and every employee in the AT&T family.”

The publication also placed AT&T at #37 among the Top 50 Most Admired companies in the world. This is our fourth year on the Global Top 50 list. AT&T is also the only communications company on the list. We ranked first in all 9 attributes again, including innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.

FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.

Read more here.

*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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March 13, 2017

Coming to you Live from the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy

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AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy

January was a big month for AT&T in Washington, D.C. Our network team prepared the National Mall for Inauguration Day, boosting network capacity by 400%. We launched a center for policymakers, tech experts and companies to collaborate. And we broadcasted live from the heart of the action. 

AT&T hosted its grand opening of the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment and Policy on Jan. 18. The grand opening played host to D.C.’s finest and featured an interactive setting to showcase DIRECTV’s Audience Network and other original content.

In addition to the opening reception, we are thrilled to have our very own DIRECTV studio in the Forum. In fact, the "Rich Eisen Show" on the Audience Network broadcasted live from the AT&T Forum the week of the inauguration. Special guests for the Eisen Show included Brett Baier (FOX) and Chuck Todd (NBC).

Located 4 blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the AT&T Forum will bring together technology experts, academics and policy thought leaders across the nation to discuss ways to encourage investment, job growth and innovation.

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