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February 22, 2019

#DreamInBlack with Black Future Month

Posted by AT&T North Carolina

During Black History Month, we celebrate the legacy and awe-inspiring contributions of those committed to equality. Their efforts preserve a rich cultural heritage and pave the way for future generations.

In the spirit of honoring that excellence, AT&T’s Dream in Black presents Black Future Month, a celebration during the 28 days of Black History Month where we’ve been honoring 27 inspiring creators making history by shaping our futures, today.

But what about the 28th?

Are you someone making history in your community, or do you know someone else who is? Through this Sunday, February 24, you can nominate yourself or a trailblazer you know to be named an AT&T Future Maker by sharing a post with the hashtag #DreamInBlack. It's your last chance to nominate.

The contest winner will be listed alongside celebrities like Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer and Van Jones and have the opportunity to attend the NAACP Image Awards on March 10 in Los Angeles.

And just this week, AT&T announced its commitment to spend $3 billion with black suppliers across the U.S. by 2020.

We've also launched an exclusive emoji sticker set as part of our Black Future Month celebration.

The exclusive stickers are available via download from the iTunes or Google Play store for customers.

It’s just another way AT&T is helping people connect in meaningful ways.

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February 19, 2019

We are connecting more people, places and things than ever before

Posted by Trey Rabon

2018 was a remarkable year. We connected more people, places and things than ever before.

I am so proud of what we have accomplished in North Carolina, and as I look ahead in 2019, I am excited for what is to come.

Sincerely,


Trey Rabon
President — AT&T North Carolina


Investing in NC, deploying AT&T Fiber

Fiber

To continue to improve how our customers connect, AT&T is continuing our investment to expand and enhance our 100% fiber network powered by AT&T Fiber.

In the state’s larger metro areas, ultra-fast internet speeds are now available to:

ArrowMore than 275,000 locations across Raleigh, including in parts of more than 18 neighborhoods and 17 cities and counties

ArrowMore than 250,000 locations across Charlotte, including in parts of more than 48 neighborhoods.

We are also deploying in smaller towns and communities, such as Gastonia and Belmont. Gaston County is one of 71 metros nationwide across 9 million locations where our ultra-fast internet service is currently available. We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019.

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February 18, 2019

Raleigh, Charlotte among first 5G cities in the U.S. AT&T 5G Now Live in Parts of 12 U.S. Cities

Posted by AT&T North Carolina

5G


5G technology is an evolution, not a single event. In 2018, AT&T was the first and only company in the U.S. to offer a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network. We brought mobile 5G to Raleigh, Charlotte and 10 other cities last year, and plan to reach at least 19 cities in early 2019.

Meanwhile, we’ve been hard at work laying the foundation with 5G Evolution, as well as LTE-LAA. Indeed, we’ve made the nation’s best network — according to America’s biggest test1 — even better by announcing 99 new 5G Evolution markets. This brings our total number of markets with these technologies to 239. As a reminder, 5G Evolution markets are locations where we’ve deployed technologies that enable peak theoretical wireless speeds for capable devices of at least 400 megabits per second.2 In the first half of 2019 we plan to offer nationwide coverage, making 5G Evolution available to over 200 million people.

The other technology we’re using to lay the mobile 5G foundation is LTE-LAA. With LTE-LAA, the network technologies have a peak theoretical wireless speed for capable devices of 1 gigabit per second.2 LTE-LAA is now live in parts of over 20 cities.

In terms of devices, we offer 13 different ones capable of accessing both 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA network technologies. The devices include: LG V30 and LG V35 ThinQ, Motorola Z2 Force Edition, Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Router, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 series devices and others, including a 5G smartphone from Samsung in the first half of 2019.

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1 Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd source studies.
2 Actual speeds are lower and will vary. See http://about.att.com/sites/broadband/performance for more information on wireless speeds.

February 17, 2019

AT&T and Cradlepoint Provide the First Step on the Path to 5G for First Responders and Businesses

Posted by AT&T North Carolina

Connectivity

Access to New Cradlepoint Routers Gives FirstNet and AT&T Users the Fastest Speeds Possible Today with an Upgradable Path to 5G in the Future

As AT&T drives the future of 5G closer, we’re working with Cradlepoint to help first responders and businesses prepare for this coming shift. Cradlepoint’s latest in-office and rugged in-vehicle 5G Evolution routers are available only on the FirstNet communications platform and AT&T network.1 The devices provide first responders and businesses with the fastest speeds possible today2 while also giving them a path to easily upgrade to 5G in the future.

These Cradlepoint 5G Evolution routers are available only to FirstNet subscribers and AT&T business customers until March 2019.

ArrowIBR900-1200M and IBR1700-1200M – Ruggedized, GPS-enabled mobile routers built to connect a wide range of in-vehicle applications that can be used in a variety of public safety and commercial settings: police cruisers, ambulances, fire apparatuses, mobile command centers, public utility vehicles, school buses, delivery trucks, taxi and limo fleets, and more.

ArrowAER2200-1200M – An all-in-one office router designed for small- to medium-sized businesses.

ArrowMC400-1200M – A modular modem that can be used with applicable Cradlepoint routers to provide primary or secondary LTE connectivity on the FirstNet communications platform or other AT&T networks.

These routers provide fast, highly secure and reliable wireless connectivity today. And their modular modem design will allow users to easily upgrade the routers as new technologies become available. Cradlepoint and AT&T are collaborating on the development of 5G solutions that will provide public safety and business customers with a path to full 5G connectivity in the future.

“The new opportunities that 5G will bring have captured the interest and imagination of both the public safety and enterprise sectors,” said Brian Partridge, vice president at 451 Research. “AT&T and Cradlepoint are helping lay the foundation for future 5G success by helping bring faster speeds to these groups today while collaborating to deliver a potential pathway to full 5G as it becomes available in the future.”

For Public Safety

These Cradlepoint devices are certified as FirstNet Ready™, undergoing more than 3,500 tests. That means first responders using these routers can experience fast connections while still benefitting from FirstNet’s unique qualities, like enhanced security on a dedicated and physically separate network core, prioritized communications, increased coverage and capacity through Band 14, and more.

With multiple device options available, public safety entities have the flexibility to choose the right tool for the job. For example, Cradlepoint’s in-vehicle router could be used to enhance first responders’ ability to send and receive high-quality video while in the field and enable computer-aided dispatch (CAD) for police cruisers, fire trucks, or ambulances. Public safety entities could also drop the router into a mobile command center to establish connectivity during a disaster or planned event.

“Uniting the unmatched benefits of FirstNet with the future promises of 5G can unlock a whole new world of public safety potential. These Cradlepoint devices serve as an important step in that progression,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, FirstNet at AT&T. “By bringing these devices to the FirstNet ecosystem, we can continue to keep public safety on the cutting-edge in network technology. First responders can benefit from fast speeds today while getting a path to easily move to 5G at a future state without having to fully rip and replace their equipment.”

FirstNet subscribers can get in touch with their local sales rep to order these Cradlepoint devices. New customers can order by visiting FirstNet.com and clicking on “contact us.”

For Businesses

As businesses embrace digital transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT), they are connecting more people, places and things than ever before. Cradlepoint’s portfolio of wireless edge solutions for business are designed to work with the AT&T network to provide the reach, reliability, and speed businesses need. For example, they’ll be able to move large sets of enterprise data to and from the cloud, and to support more IoT devices.

Businesses looking to grow their IoT footprint can use the Cradlepoint IBR200 and IBR600 series IoT gateway solutions to provide managed and highly secure connectivity to Internet of Things deployments, such as kiosks, digital signage, and video surveillance. These IoT gateways are compatible with the AT&T’s IoT platforms.

“As cellular technology advances in speed and reliability, businesses are excited to embrace 5G technology. These Cradlepoint devices are the perfect wireless solution to complement how a company uses AT&T Fiber to power their business,” said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “These solutions bring intelligent connectivity to new destinations – empowering businesses as they innovate and create new revenue opportunities.”

Businesses interested in the routers can contact their AT&T sales representatives and find more information at https://www.business.att.com/products/wireless-broadband.html

More on our path to 5G can be found at att.com/5Gnews.

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1 Until March 2019
2 These new edge solutions take advantage of AT&T’s 5G Evolution network – capable of reaching peak theoretical speeds of at least 400 megabits per second for capable devices3 – and LTE-LAA network – capable of reaching peak theoretical speeds of 1 gigabit per second for capable devices.3 By the end of the year, 5G Evolution will be available in more than 400 markets with nationwide coverage planned for 2019. And LTE-LAA is in parts of 31 cities with more coming this year.
3 Actual speeds are lower and will vary. See http://about.att.com/sites/broadband/performance for more information on wireless speeds.

January 22, 2019

AT&T Names Trey Rabon as North Carolina President

Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team

Albert “Trey” Rabon will be the new state president for AT&T* in North Carolina.

A 19-year veteran of AT&T and its predecessor companies, Rabon was previously Director of Legislative Affairs. He succeeds Venessa Harrison, who was named president of AT&T Georgia.

Trey Rabon, AT&T North Carolina PresidentTrey Rabon, AT&T North Carolina President 

“Trey has tremendous public policy expertise and understanding of our industry, as well as a passion for North Carolina,” said Sonia Perez, AT&T Regional President-Southeast. "I am confident he will do a great job as president AT&T-North Carolina and look forward to what the future holds for our customers and for communities across the state.”

In his new role, Rabon will work closely with community, business, and elected leaders across North Carolina, helping the state to grow and people to connect through AT&T’s investment in bringing the most advanced communications and entertainment technologies and services here.

“I look forward to helping ensure that our state is ready to take advantage of opportunities and overcoming challenges. Our company has a long history of making a difference in communities and in individuals’ lives and I feel blessed to have the chance to carry on that legacy.” —Trey Rabon, AT&T North Carolina President

“North Carolina is well-positioned for future success and growth in the evolving global economy,” Rabon said “I look forward to helping ensure that our state is ready to take advantage of opportunities and overcoming challenges. Our company has a long history of making a difference in communities and in individuals’ lives and I feel blessed to have the chance to carry on that legacy.”

A native of Camden, SC, Rabon attended the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and a Master’s of Business Administration in International Business.  He is a certified Project Management Professional accredited by the Project Management Institute and a 2015 graduate of Leadership North Carolina.

Rabon began his AT&T career in 1999 as a service consultant in the Global Business Services organization. He served in various technical and managerial roles within Global Business Services prior to joining the External Affairs organization in 2008 as the Regional Director for western Tennessee. He was promoted Director of Government Affairs and moved to Raleigh in 2013.

In addition to his responsibilities with AT&T, Rabon is involved in community and charitable activities, including youth sports and Troop 141 of the Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the NC Business Committee for Education.  

Rabon and his wife, Dawn, live in Wake Forest, NC, with their two children.


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*About AT&T

We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the best network according to America’s biggest test.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2018 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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


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AT&T Corporate Communications
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December 07, 2018

AT&T Opens New Hickory Store

Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team

Area Veterans Organization Receives $2,500 Contribution

HICKORY, NC, Dec. 6, 2018 — AT&T* is expanding its involvement in Hickory, opening a new store and bringing seven new jobs to the community.

Today marks the official grand opening of the new store, which is located at 2910 N. Center St, Suite 103 and is the second AT&T-owned store in Hickory.

To celebrate the grand opening, the company is contributing $2,500 to support the Foothills Veterans Stand Down and other programs of the Veterans Transitional Advocacy Board (VTAB).

“It is always exciting when a business expands in our community and brings new jobs and opportunities for our citizens,” said Hickory Mayor Hank Guess, “We’re a growing, dynamic community and this new store shows AT&T is committed to investing in Hickory.”

We recently announced plans to add more than 1,000 new store locations nationwide, including hundreds in small and mid-sized towns. The Hickory store is one of the first to be opened under this initiative.

“With many retail transactions increasingly taking place in the online world, it is great to see companies investing in a local, personal retail presence, said Lindsay Keisler, IOM, President & CEO of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. “That commitment helps our community continue to be economically vibrant and to grow. I also want to express my gratitude to AT&T on behalf of our local veterans for their generous contribution to the Foothills Stand Down.”

The VTAB is the host non-profit agency for the Stand Down and for the Foothills Veterans Helping Veterans initiative. Its mission is to assist homeless or needy veterans in the western North Carolina region.

 “Our company has a long heritage of helping communities to grow and also supporting the men and women of the armed forces,” said Kathleen Evans, regional director of external affairs for AT&T North Carolina. “Today, we have the privilege of doing both, along with making it more convenient for customers in the region to do business with us.”

The new store will enable customers to interact with the latest wireless products and services, receive assistance with their current device or account or learn more about AT&T’s entertainment and high-speed Internet offerings.


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*About AT&T Communications

We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the best network according to America’s biggest test.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2018 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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


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AT&T Corporate Communications
Phone: (404)986-0479

November 15, 2018

What an honor to work with you

Posted by Venessa Harrison

All of us have had jobs that, looking back, were special for one reason or another. Serving as president of AT&T North Carolina has been one of those for me. Quite simply, the past five years have been even more rewarding and fulfilling than this native North Carolinian could have ever imagined.

With your support, we have helped grow North Carolina’s economy by encouraging investment while also assisting educational initiatives that opened doors of opportunity for our youth — tomorrow’s leaders — across this great state.

So it is with mixed emotions that I prepare to assume a new position, effective December 1, as the state president of Georgia.


On one hand, I am excited about the opportunity to build on AT&T’s long history of investing in Georgia, helping create jobs and stimulating innovation in urban and rural communities across the state. On the other, I see how bright North Carolina’s future is, with numerous opportunities ahead as AT&T continues to invest in innovative technologies — constantly evolving to address our customers’ needs.


Thank you, again, for making a difference for North Carolina — and for letting me be a part of your efforts. It has been my honor to work with you.

Sincerely,

Venessa Harrison
President — AT&T North Carolina

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November 13, 2018

AT&T Expands Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds in Raleigh Area

Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team
AT&T Fiber Now Available to 275,000 Raleigh Area Homes, Apartments and Small Business Locations
Our AT&T Fiber Investment in Raleigh Builds Towards 5G Launch this Year

To continue to improve how our customers connect, AT&T* is continuing its investment to expand and enhance its 100% fiber network powered by AT&T Fiber.

Ultra-fast internet speeds are now available to more than 275,000 locations across Raleigh, including in parts of more than 18 neighborhoods and 17 cities and counties.1

By investing in our vast fiber network we’re ramping up to launch 5G in the Raleigh area this year. Our continued investment in the convergence of fiber and 5G and the future of connectivity unlocks faster speeds and better experiences for education, business, entertainment and more. 

Parts of the following Raleigh neighborhoods are currently eligible for our fastest internet service from AT&T, including but not limited to:

  • Central
  • East Raleigh
  • Falls of Neuse
  • Five Points
  • Glenwood
  • Hillsborough
  • Mordecai
  • North Central
  • North Raleigh
  • Northeast Raleigh
  • Northwest Raleigh
  • Six Forks
  • South Central
  • South Raleigh
  • Southeast Raleigh
  • Southwest Raleigh
  • Wade
  • West Raleigh


Parts of the following cities and counties are currently eligible for our fastest internet service from AT&T, including but not limited to:

  • Apex
  • Carrboro
  • Cary
  • Chapel Hill
  • Durham
  • Garner
  • Goldsboro
  • Holly Springs
  • Knightdale
  • Morrisville
  • Chatham County
  • Durham County
  • Franklin County
  • Johnston County
  • Orange County
  • Wake County
  • Wayne County

    “Our region has long been known as a technology and innovation center,” said Adrienne Cole, President and CEO of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. “Access to high-speed fiber optic networks not only drives business growth, but it adds to the quality of life that attracts the educated, technology workers our businesses need.”

    “For decades, AT&T has been deploying fiber here in the Triangle, first in our backbone network and now in local neighborhoods,” said Robert Doreauk, regional director of external affairs. “This extensive fiber deployment is part of our commitment to deliver ultra-fast internet that keeps residents and businesses connected and help attract the jobs, investment and innovation that will keep this region growing.”

    Communities in Raleigh are among the 10 million locations across 72 metros nationwide where our ultra-fast internet service is currently available. We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019.

    Residents looking for more information on speeds and availability can click here. Businesses interested in AT&T Business Fiber can learn more at att.com/businessfiber. For more information on AT&T Fiber for residential customers, visit att.com/getfiber.

    AT&T invested nearly $1.8 billion in our North Carolina 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 responders.

    AT&T is the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services nationwide. Across North Carolina, AT&T covers more than 54,000 business customer locations with high-speed internet services.

    Eligible locations can choose from a range of internet speed plans on our 100% fiber network. Plans are designed to deliver the same speeds up and down. These plans include AT&T Internet 100, AT&T Internet 300 and AT&T Internet 1000.2

     

    1Initial availability limited to select areas. May not be available in your area. Go to  https://www.att.com/internet/ to see if you qualify.

    2Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.

     


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    Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

    *About AT&T Communications

    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the best network according to America’s biggest test.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

    AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

    AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

    © 2018 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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


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    October 15, 2018

    AT&T Unveils 2019 Edition of The Heritage Calendar

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team
    The new 2019 Edition of The Heritage Calendar: Celebrating the North Carolina African-American Experience is now available, AT&T* announced today.

    The publication highlights individuals from across the state who have made a lasting impact for African-Americans in North Carolina and across the country.

    “The fabric of North Carolina is woven from the experiences, dreams, and accomplishments of many extraordinary people,” said Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina. “We are excited about the opportunity to recognize the men and women featured in the 2019 calendar. It is a privilege to help preserve and share the stories of how these people have made a lasting difference in our state.”

    “The fabric of North Carolina is woven from the experiences, dreams, and accomplishments of many extraordinary people.” —Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina

    Coming from across North Carolina, the Class of 2019 represents a wide variety of fields, including education, law, politics, media, fire fighting, cabinetry, and community service.

    The individuals spotlighted in the 2019 Heritage Calendar are:
    • The late Dorothy Allen-Freeman – Once a struggling single mother living in public housing, she became the first African-American woman to be the executive director of a non-profit agency in North Carolina. She served 30 years as Executive Director of Wake Opportunities, guiding the agency in providing housing and resources for low-income families.
    • Michael Bonner – A 2nd grade teacher in Greenville, he believes in helping his students broaden their perspectives on life to pursue their dreams. A video that went viral led to an appearance on national television and, as a result, his passion for teaching is changing lives nationwide by inspiring educators to use innovative strategies in helping students learn.
    • The late Arabelle Bryant – For nearly three-quarters of a century, the teacher and librarian poured her heart into New Bern, devoting her life to serving her community and helping make life better for its residents.
    • Angela Caraway – A trip to Tokyo inspired the creation of a non-profit community empowerment organization designed to provide life-changing opportunities for the youth of her native Anson County. Today, she is expanding the mission to include program for adults.
    • The late Thomas Day – One of the fathers of North Carolina’s furniture industry, he was the state’s most prominent cabinetmaker and architect before the Civil War, with a national reputation as an innovator and artisan. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of History.
    • Engine 4 – In 1951, the Winston-Salem Fire Department chose eight African-American men from among 125 applicants to serve alongside seven white men on Engine 4, creating North Carolina’s first integrated fire department. The men were Willie “Chick” Carter, Robert Grier, and six who are now deceased: Raphael Black Lester Ervin, John Henry Ford, John Meredith, George Penn, and John Thomas.
    • Dianne English -- The executive director of the non-profit Community Building Initiative, she has been working for two decades to bring to life the values of inclusion and racial equity for the community and institutions in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
    • Howard Lee – Overcoming poverty and the racism of the Jim Crow south, he became one of North Carolina’s most respected political and education leaders. Along the way, in Chapel Hill in 1969, he made history as the first African-American to be elected mayor of a predominantly white Southern city.
    • Al McSurley – For more than 30 years, McSurely has been an uncompromising activist and attorney, using the law and the legal process to defend people of color and to fight for civil rights and racial equality.
    • Orage Quarles III – Nationally recognized in the newspaper industry for his leadership and commitment to strong, fact-based journalism, he was the first African-American publisher and president of The News & Observer in Raleigh.
    • Virginia Tally – For more than 30 years she served as an elementary school teacher in Triangle-area schools, inspiring students and colleagues with her wise words and energetic spirit. Now retired, she is a passionate visionary in the cause of human relations, working to build harmony throughout Raleigh.
    • Ann Woodford – Perhaps best-known as a historian, she has chronicled the rich and diverse history of African- American families and institutions in the seven western North Carolina counties. Yet she is also the founder of a non-profit community development corporation that has been building bridges between races and facilitating entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities for women and youth in far western North Carolina for 20 years.

    The College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University, The News & Observer, Capitol Broadcasting Company/WRAL-TV and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel serve as primary supporters on The Heritage Calendar project.

    Media resources

    Images of the 2019 honorees, in high- and low-resolution formats, as well as the published bios, may be downloaded from https://ncheritagecalendar.com/2019-honorees/

    To download an electronic copy of the calendar, click https://ncheritagecalendar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2019_calendar.pdf


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    About AT&T Communications
    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.* We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.
    AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.
    AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.
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    October 11, 2018

    Let’s join together to help those affected by Hurricane Michael

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team
    Text “MICHAEL” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.  

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    October 10, 2018

    Gastonia Ordinance Opens Door to Deployment of Small Cell Technology

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team
    Positions City for Next Generation of Wireless Broadband

    The City of Gastonia has passed a local ordinance to bring small cell technology to the city, helping pave the way for the next generation of high-speed wireless services to their residents and businesses.

    “As the demand for advanced wireless service continues to grow, with no end in sight, it is essential that communities like ours have the infrastructure to compete with larger cities, whether in North Carolina or across the country,” said Mayor Walker E. Reid, III. “This ordinance is the right approach to help ensure that reliable high-speed wireless capability is available here in Gastonia now and into the future."

    The City Council unanimously approved the ordinance last week, establishing procedures wireless providers will follow in deploying small cells in Gastonia.

    "Mayor Reid and the City Council are sending a strong, clear message to our industry that Gastonia is a city which welcomes investment in wireless technology to benefit consumers and to drive economic growth,” said Carlos E. Sanchez, AT&T state director of external affairs. “Their leadership, along with the work of the city staff,  is helping put Gastonia in a great position to benefit in the 5G economy.”

    “This ordinance is the right approach to help ensure that reliable high-speed wireless capability is available here in Gastonia now and into the future." —Mayor Walker E. Reid, III

    Small cell technology is an integral building block for 5G, and is critical to ensuring that consumers and businesses continue to enjoy the modern, high-speed connectivity they demand. The shoebox-sized antennas of small cells can be affixed to existing structures such as power poles, buildings and street lights. The size and flexibility of small cells help AT&T target areas with additional capacity in a way that is low profile and unobtrusive.

    This technology will enable faster wireless Internet speeds, provide more and targeted network capacity for things like streaming movies or music, and lay the foundation for technologies of the future – such as 5G, smart cities and connected cars and devices.

    AT&T invested nearly $1.8 billion in our North Carolina wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments have helped AT&T deploy more than 3 million strand miles of fiber optics across the state. These investments also drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and responders.

    AT&T is the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services nationwide. Across North Carolina, AT&T covers more than 54,000 business customer locations with high-speed internet services.

    1Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
    2Initial availability limited to select areas. May not be available in your area. Go to  https://www.att.com/internet/ to see if you qualify.
    3After 12 months, price moves to standard rate of $90/mo.
    4Speed/Time examples are estimates.

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    *About AT&T Communications
    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.  AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.
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    September 28, 2018

    Raleigh-Wake Makes First NextGen 911 Call with AT&T ESInet™

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team

    Residents in Raleigh and Wake County Can Soon Text 911

    First Responders

    The Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communication Center’s 911 system just got a major upgrade. Residents calling the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center for help will now be routed to a telecommunicator on the city’s new NextGen 911 system provided by AT&T*. After modernizing its aging 911 infrastructure with AT&T ESInet™, Raleigh recently completed the first call on the new system.

    AT&T ESInet is an IP-based call routing service that will help public safety answering points (PSAPs) keep up with the current and future needs of its callers. Using AT&T ESInet’s modern network architecture and the National Emergency Number Association’s i3 standards, PSAPs will be able to provide a more reliable and improved 911 experience.

    “This is a critical upgrade to maintain the current and future safety of our county.” —Dominick Nutter, director of the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center

    The Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center made the decision to upgrade its 911 services with AT&T ESInet last year. And it is the first PSAP in the country to successfully move to the AT&T ESInet i3 service. 

    “This is a critical upgrade to maintain the current and future safety of our county,” said Dominick Nutter, director of the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center. “When residents call 911 for help, they should be confident that we’ll be there for them. AT&T ESInet brings that confidence. It helps us route emergency calls correctly, gives us resiliency to stay connected during disasters and will allow us to better collaborate with other AT&T ESInet-connected PSAPs.”

    Raleigh’s Emergency Communication Center receives more than a million 911 calls each year. These will now be managed via AT&T ESInet to better support influxes in call volume.

    Texting 911

    AT&T ESInet is also giving Raleigh and Wake County residents modernized ways to communicate with 911. Text to 911 is expected later this year. This will let the public send texts to the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center, giving residents more ways to interact with 911 when voice isn’t an option.

    “We’re leaning forward with this new service because we want to do the best we can for the community and our residents to ensure they get the best possible 911 service,” Nutter said.

    Always call 911 if you can; text if you must. Text information is not equal to current location technology. As with all text messages, 911 messages can take longer to receive, can get out of order, or may not be received.

    “At AT&T, we believe the most important connection is one that can save lives. So, we’re proud to work with the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center as they lead the County into the future of 911,” said Brian Troup, vice president, AT&T Public Sector.

    AT&T ESInet is one of the latest evolving emergency communications tools available to Raleigh-Wake County. In November 2017, North Carolina opted into FirstNet – the nationwide communications platform that is purpose-built for and dedicated to America’s first responders. Using both AT&T ESInet and FirstNet means Raleigh-Wake’s public safety community can create an efficient flow of communications from the caller to the 911 call taker to the first responder.

    To learn more about AT&T ESInet, go here


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    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTVand DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – including nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

    AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

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    September 25, 2018

    100% Fiber Network Powered by AT&T Fiber Expands in Belmont, Gaston County Area

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team

    Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds Available to Homes, Apartments and Small Business Locations in Parts of Gaston County

    GASTONIA, Sept. 25, 2018 — AT&T* is now offering a 1 gigabit connection1 on our 100% fiber network powered by AT&T FiberSM to select customer locations in parts of Belmont, in addition to parts of Gastonia and Gaston County.2

    "This brings great opportunities to Gaston County,” said Dr. Stephen Hannon, Board Chair of TechWorks of Gaston County. “Businesses need this type of advanced internet speed to reach their full potential and compete. Our students will benefit greatly because of the remote learning possibilities that become available. The ultimate effect of having gigabit will be more and better jobs in Gaston County."

    Gaston County is one of 71 metros nationwide across 9 million locations where our ultra-fast internet service is currently available. We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019.

    “Our customers are increasingly interacting with their world in more data-intensive ways,” said Carlos Sanchez, director of external affairs for AT&T North Carolina. “Expanding our fiber footprint is part of our commitment to deliver ultra-fast internet that keeps residents and businesses connected and helps attract the new jobs, investment and innovation.”

    An ultra-fast internet connection powered by AT&T Fiber lets you quickly access and stream the latest online movies, music and games. You can easily telecommute, video-conference, upload and download photos and videos, and connect faster to the cloud.

    Eligible locations can choose from a range of internet speed plans on our 100% fiber network. Plans are designed to deliver the same speeds up and down. These plans include AT&T Internet 100, AT&T Internet 300 and AT&T Internet 1000.2

    For more on AT&T Fiber, go to att.com/getfiber.

    1Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.

    2Initial availability limited to select areas. May not be available in your area. Go to  https://www.att.com/internet/ to see if you qualify.

    3After 12 months, price moves to standard rate of $90/mo.

    4Speed/Time examples are estimates.


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    *About AT&T Communications

    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

    AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

    AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

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    **Coverage not available everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on 3rd party data.


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    September 25, 2018

    AT&T to Donate $200,000 to Aid North Carolina Communities Impacted by Hurricane Florence

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team

    AT&T* is contributing $200,000 to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund (NCDRF), answering the call from Gov. Roy Cooper to the business community to help meet the urgent needs of Hurricane Florence victims. “Communities hit hard by Hurricane Florence need our help now more than ever, and when it comes to recovery, we’re all in this together,” said Gov. Cooper. “Donating to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund can help provide people the support they need to rebuild their lives.

    “We understand that staying connected is never more important than during emergencies or disasters,” said Venessa Harrison, president AT&T North Carolina. “That’s why we are building and operating FirstNet, the first nationwide network designed exclusively for first responders. And it is why we are also committed to doing our part to help our friends, neighbors and communities recover from disasters like this storm.”

    Including the contribution announced today, our corporate and foundation disaster-relief giving now totals more than $600,000 this year. We have provided support for the American Red Cross, the Hispanic Federation, Broward Education Foundation, Salvation Army-St. Thomas, Hawaii Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama and the Lawrence (MA) Emergency Fund. In the last year, these organizations supported victims and communities affected by disasters as diverse as hurricanes, tornadoes, mass shootings, volcanic eruptions, and most recently, last week’s gas explosions in Massachusetts.

    AT&T is also funding Team Rubicon as it builds out 20 Crisis Readiness Units in eight key U.S. cities including Raleigh, NC. These units will help develop thousands of trained and qualified military/veteran and civilian volunteers to assist in disaster relief efforts following tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters in impacted communities

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    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

    AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

    AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

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    September 19, 2018

    Helping Communities, Agencies Responding to Hurricane Florence

    Posted by Venessa Harrison

    First, let me say THANK YOU all those who invested so much time and energy in helping North Carolina prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. The storm showed us that our state’s heritage of coming together to face challenges continues to ring true.

    Long before Florence’s winds and rains moved away, AT&T technicians and engineers were working hard to sure first responders had the communications they needed.

    Meanwhile teams of AT&T volunteers visited emergency shelters to help evacuees stay connected with friends and loved ones. Working in coordination with local officials and the American Red Cross, volunteers brought charging stations to power up wireless devices at emergency shelters in Raleigh, Charlotte and the Triad. We also brought water and, following a request, fresh fruit. As road conditions permit, our teams will be working with shelters in more eastern parts of the state.

    For first responders, the public safety network, FirstNet, has been standing up to the challenge of Hurricane Florence. We’ve been working across national, state and local agencies to keep emergency responders connected to the critical information they need to communicate and coordinate their storm response.


    Florence


    Here are a few highlights of how we’ve delivered for the agencies and individuals our communities are counting on most:

    ArrowSupported the City of Whiteville’s emergency response efforts by deploying a SatCOLT (Satellite Cell on Light Truck) to the Whiteville Fire Department staging area. What’s unique about this deployment is it’s Band 14 only, so it boosts connectivity for first responders on FirstNet without interfering with the coverage and capacity they already have. We also have to thank the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for helping our team coordinate the quickest and safest route to make this deployment happen.

    ArrowDeployed a COW to bring FirstNet connectivity to a FEMA staging location to support their response and recovery efforts as they assist those affected by Hurricane Florence.

    In addition, FirstNet subscribers continue to receive unthrottled access to their network as they work to keep our communities safe.

    We are further supporting customers and first responders with SatCOLTs in Kinston, Whiteville, Bellville, Brunswick, Nevassa, Leland, Richlands, Sneeds Ferry, and Laurenburg, NC.

    At AT&T, we deeply appreciate the men and women who put their lives on the line, day in and day out, to protect and support our communities. We are committed to supporting them and to helping North Carolina come back from Hurricane Florence even stronger than before.

    Click here to learn more.


    Venessa Harrison
    President — AT&T North Carolina

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    September 19, 2018

    Network Update: AT&T’s Network Recovery in Action

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team

    Florence Carolinas Fleet

    Part of AT&T's response fleet in the Carolinas

    We continue to work around the clock to rebuild and restore our network in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. We’re seeing network conditions improve as our teams work to address storm damage, power outages, and the damage to our local service providers’ networks, which affected service in some areas.

    Today, we are operating at nearly 99% of normal in the Carolinas and are working to address the remaining parts of our network that have been affected by the storm.

    Our teams have deployed from around the country with additional equipment to support recovery efforts. Currently, we are supporting customers and first responders with our Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs) in Leland, Winnabow, Belville, Navassa, Whiteville, Wallace, and Kinston, North Carolina.

    And we are working to deploy additional assets to affected areas as quickly and safely as conditions allow.

    Our drone team continues to stand by with a fleet of drones and Flying COWs to assist in damage assessment and recovery if needed.

    We are making steady progress in deploying as many network resources and personnel as possible to get the people affected by Hurricane Florence connected again.


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    September 17, 2018

    Public Safety Spotlight: FirstNet Delivers for Agencies Responding to Hurricane Florence

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team

    Hurricane Florence put FirstNet to the test. And the public safety network has been standing up to the challenge. We’ve been working across national, state and local agencies to keep emergency responders connected to the critical information they need to communicate and coordinate their storm response.

    Here are a few highlights of how we’ve delivered for the agencies and individuals our communities are counting on most:

    • Supported the City of Whiteville’s emergency response efforts by deploying a SatCOLT (Satellite Cell on Light Truck) to the Whiteville Fire Department staging area. What’s unique about this deployment is it’s Band 14 only, so it boosts connectivity for first responders on FirstNet without interfering with the coverage and capacity they already have. We also have to thank the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for helping our team coordinate the quickest and safest route to make this deployment happen.
    • Deployed a COW to bring FirstNet connectivity to a FEMA staging location to support their response and recovery efforts as they assist those affected by Hurricane Florence.

    Plus, FirstNet subscribers continue to receive unthrottled access to their network as they work to keep our communities safe.

    Helping public safety achieve their mission is our priority. As the storm pushes on, we’ll continue to stand by the men and women who put their lives on the line, day in and day out, to protect and support our communities.

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    FirstNet Hurricane Florence Response


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    September 15, 2018

    AT&T Continues to Support Areas Affected by Hurricane Florence

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina

    AT&T Retail Truck

    As we evaluate the effects of Hurricane Florence, keeping our customers and first responders connected remains top of mind.

    Overall, our network continues to perform well in affected areas. Storm damage and power loss may be affecting service for some customers in parts of North and South Carolina.

    As conditions allow, we are deploying additional personnel and equipment to repair and restore where needed.

    Additionally, our Network Disaster Recovery and drone teams are standing by to assist in damage assessment and recovery.

    In the past few years, we have faced record storms and each year, our people jump into action. This storm is no different.

    To provide additional support to the community, we are deploying retail trucks to the Raleigh area in North Carolina. These trucks will provide charging stations and Wi-Fi connectivity to affected residents at local shelters.

    We also have a network of over 1,700 hotspots in the affected areas at major retail and restaurant locations. We’re working hard to ensure our customers and first responders have the connectivity they need.

    For ongoing updates on Hurricane Florence, visit

    https://about.att.com/content/sites/disaster_relief/hurricane_florence.html

    September 10, 2018

    AT&T Networks Prepare for Hurricane Florence

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Response equipment readied in the wake of an event includes:

    • Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs)
    • Emergency communications vehicles (ECVs)
    • Flying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs)
    • Drones
    • A self-sufficient base camp. This is complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and meals ready to eat (MREs).
    • Hazmat equipment and supplies
    • Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning
    • Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts

    Just as we prepare, we encourage customers to do the same. Additional information and tips for disaster preparedness can be found at https://about.att.com/story/at-t-disaster-response-program-keeps-customers-connected-during-.html.

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    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

    AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

    AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

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    August 27, 2018

    AT&T Invests More than $1.8 Billion Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in North Carolina

    Posted by AT&T North Carolina Team

    At AT&T[1], we’ve invested more than $1.8 billion in our North Carolina 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.

    During 2015-2017, AT&T made the following investments in its wireless and wired networks:

    • More than $475 million in the Charlotte area,
    • More than $200 million in the Triad region, and
    • Nearly $525 million in the Triangle region.

    In 2017, AT&T made more than 2,100 wireless network upgrades in North Carolina.  These include 13 new sites, plus carrier additions and bandwidth expansions that increased capacity and speed in the network. 

    “A strong communications infrastructure is vital for keeping North Carolina growing in a global economy,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “This kind of sustained investment gives businesses the communication tools they need to compete and succeed, connects people and communities, and also helps law enforcement and other first responders keep North Carolina safe.”

     “We are investing in the advanced communications networks of the future because, today more than ever, life is about connections,” said Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina. “Businesses connect with customers and suppliers; individuals connect with each other, with their elected officials and with information. Connections drive opportunities and innovation and we are investing now to help our customers and communities lead and succeed in the future.”  

    The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America.

    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 North Carolina 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 to compile the list, including innovation, people management, quality of management, long-term investment value, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.

    Our internet offerings

    We continue to expand the scope of our ultra-fast internet powered by AT&T Fiber. We now market our ultra-fast internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to nearly 675,000 customer locations in North Carolina.

    We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint, including more than 3 million strand miles in North Carolina.2 And AT&T is the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services, creating an unparalleled ability to serve businesses of all sizes.

    We also now market a 1 gigabit connection3 on our 100% fiber network to 9 million locations across 71 major metro areas nationwide.  We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers.

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

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    *About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. More than 3 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions. 

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