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May 01, 2019

AT&T Takes on Trenton Food Desert with More Than $100,000 Contribution

Posted by AT&T New Jersey Team

Employee volunteer effort part of Believe Trentonsm initiative


AT&T employees came together in Trenton on April 30 to help address the community’s need for access to fresh, healthy food. As part of a new project called Believe Trentonsm, AT&T volunteers worked with Capital City Farm and the Rivera Community Middle School to plant in urban gardens, give out fresh fruits and vegetables, and promote healthy eating habits.

AT&T volunteers were at Capital City Farm in Trenton, helping urban garden with planting, pruning, raking and clean up. Mayor Reed Gusciora helped kick off the event, which included an announcement that AT&T is donating $105,000 to help address the need for access to healthy and fresh food in the community. In addition, the New Jersey AT&T Pioneers made a $2,500 AT&T Community Engagement Contribution to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and donated food items collected from AT&T employees.

At the same time, AT&T volunteers also visited Rivera Community Middle School working with students, teachers and staff to paint murals, renew a community garden, and promote healthy eating habits. AT&T teamed up with City Year, a non-profit education organization that helps students and schools succeed, for these and other beautification activities at the school.

“Having access to fresh, healthy food is a big quality of life issue,” said Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. “It’s uplifting to see AT&T making an investment in our community and helping to ensure that all Trentonians have access to fresh, healthy food they can afford. I want to thank the AT&T volunteers for contributing to these worthwhile service projects that benefit the lives of Trentonians.”

Trenton“Access to healthy, affordable food is severely limited and, in some cases, completely unavailable in far too many of our communities,” said First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy. “I applaud AT&T for their $105,000 donation to this initiative. With this collaboration, Trenton’s families will have better access to healthy foods grown within the community. I am proud to stand with Mayor Gusciora, AT&T, and the many volunteers who are dedicated to providing fresh, healthy food to our residents.”

“The contributions of our state’s corporate partners are crucial to improving the well-being of our residents and communities. I thank AT&T for encouraging the planting of urban gardens to ensure all families have access to fresh produce, which can only serve to improve the health of all of our residents, especially the youngest among us,” said Tahesha Way, Esq., New Jersey’s Secretary of State.

“Thomas Edison State University has long served as an anchor institution to the City of Trenton and is proud to be a lead partner in the Believe Trentonsm and Capital City Farm Initiative,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, president. “Our John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy has been working with local stakeholders to conduct community engagement forums and to provide policy support and research on transformative designs for urban agriculture as an economic development catalyst for the city. The farm will not only bring home-grown produce to the local community but also will give youth access to a green space and education about urban agriculture.”

“Believe Trenton is a perfect example of public and private entities coming together to make a difference,” said Greater Trenton CEO George Sowa. “This initiative provides an opportunity to increase community access to healthy eating choices, while also highlighting the tremendous impact that urban gardens can have in the city of Trenton for both current and prospective residents.”

“Our employees are compassionate people with big hearts. They regularly give their time, talent, and personal financial resources to help their friends and neighbors. Through Believe Trenton, we’re able to build and expand the great work our team does every day here in Trenton and New Jersey,” said Charlene Brown, President, AT&T New Jersey.

Brown said the company is combining the commitment, compassion and enthusiasm of our employees in New Jersey with resources and support from the company to make a positive impact on the lives of the residents of Trenton.

Other planned projects as part of Believe Trentonsm include:

• A farm apprentice, 10 youth interns, farm supplies and equipment for Capital City Farm
• An environmental education and healthy living program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County
• Support for the Capital Area YMCA programs to address the areas of food insecurity and the lack of access to healthy foods in the community

External Anchor Partners: Collaborating in this initiative will be state and local elected officials; Thomas Edison State University, John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy; D&R Greenway Land Trust; Capital City Farm; Trenton Area Soup Kitchen; Greater Trenton; Capital Area YMCA; Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County; New Jersey Food Council; and the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association.

AT&T Believessm initiatives have been launched in several cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Lebanon, Virginia, with more expected in 2019. Learn more at



April 23, 2019

When our communities call, we answer

Posted by Charlene Brown

We hope you’re enjoying spring in the Garden State. April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re celebrating by honoring the many AT&T employee volunteers — some of whom have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. It’s also Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so we’re reminding drivers of all ages — It Can Wait. And, finally, we’re rolling out new technology called small cells to meet current demand for mobile broadband and prepare for the future.

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


Charlene Brown
President — AT&T New Jersey

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April 22, 2019

Together, we do more in New Jersey

Posted by AT&T New Jersey Team

Thank You

As part of National Volunteer Month, we’re celebrating the 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 more than 270 employees who received the PVSA in New Jersey this year — who are making communities better by volunteering and supporting causes they believe in.

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

Read more here.

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April 21, 2019

AT&T Marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month with new research, same message: It Can Wait

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It Can Wait

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

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

Read more here.

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

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

April 20, 2019

Meeting demand today, and preparing for tomorrow: The need for small cell technology

Posted by AT&T New Jersey Team

Small CellsOur customers want to download content faster, stream movies with amazing quality, stay connected with friends and family, and have greater control of their home — even when they are not there.

And, the proof is in the data — usage that is. In just over a decade, the amount of data used on our mobile network increased by about 470,000%. As streaming video online increases and new apps and services are introduced, this growth in data use will only continue to rise.

This is why we’re making sure our network is the best for our customers and our community. With this increased demand on our mobile network, we are implementing new and innovative ways to enhance our network and prepare for the future. One of these solutions is the installation of small cells.

Small cells will:

ArrowHelp enable faster wireless Internet speeds.
ArrowProvide more and targeted network capacity for things like streaming music or videos.
ArrowLay the foundation required to support the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT).
ArrowImprove wireless experience in places where large cell towers are not the best solution.

The size and flexibility of small cells helps AT&T target areas needing additional capacity in a way that is low profile and unobtrusive. Depending on the need, small cells can be placed inside buildings or outdoors. When placed outdoors, they can be attached to existing utility poles, light poles, traffic lights or exterior walls of buildings.

Small cells will allow us to provide a better mobile LTE experience today, while also allowing us to prepare for the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT).

We’ve been working with state and local leaders in New Jersey to come up with the best ways to give communities access to the wireless services they want and need — from smart cities solutions to education to healthcare to entertainment and much more. We look forward to working with leaders in the Garden State to build this important mobile broadband infrastructure.

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April 11, 2019

Perth Amboy High School students boost STEM skills during visit to AT&T Labs

Posted by AT&T New Jersey Team

AT&T Labs employees, along with two AT&T employees resource groups — HACEMOS and Oxygen — and Junior Achievement of New Jersey, recently hosted more than 50 students from Perth Amboy High School for AT&T’s Youth Technology Day.

The day-long event at AT&T’s facility in Bedminster included mentoring sessions, STEM workshops and scholarship presentations to two seniors who will attend college in the fall. Students also toured the company’s Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) and learned firsthand about the opportunities at AT&T and in the technology field.

Perth Amboy AT&T Event

Mazin Gilbert, vice president at AT&T Labs, speaks to Perth Amboy students during AT&T’s Youth Technology Day in Bedminster

Perth Amboy AT&T Event

Perth Amboy students participate in a hands-on autonomous car simulation and race through a maze during a microbits workshop.

“We were honored to host this group of bright young minds for the day and share our knowledge,” said Kathy Meier-Hellstern, assistant vice president at AT&T Labs. “It’s always exciting to see the next generation of innovators get excited about data science and engineering.”  

The scholarship winners are Shannon Howell who plans to study physics in college and Cristian Gamino who plans to study engineering at NJIT.

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