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June 10, 2019

AT&T Launches ‘Believe Cleveland’ Initiative

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

Believe ClevelandAT&T Launches ‘Believe Cleveland’ Initiative with More Than $350,000 Pledged to Improve Career Prospects through Digital Literacy

Announces Plans to Bring Mobile 5G Network to Cleveland in Early 2020

As part of its longstanding commitment to the City of Cleveland, AT&T is launching a new program designed to improve digital literacy and technology-based learning. Believe ClevelandSM will help residents enhance their computer and internet skills in order to improve job prospects and career pathways while encouraging constructive online behaviors and digital civic engagement.

In addition to the launch of Believe Cleveland, AT&T has committed to introduce its mobile 5G network to Cleveland area customers in early 2020. This commitment extends AT&T’s plans to offer 5G to parts of 30 cities. AT&T’s 5G network is already live in parts of 19 of those cities today; Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Louisville, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Waco.

“Digital literacy is essential in today’s economy, and we don’t want anyone in Cleveland to be left behind,” said Adam Grzybicki, President AT&T Ohio and Great Lakes States. “The ability to effectively communicate online in our digital age - can impact so many aspects of a person’s life – whether it’s education, jobs or health care. We’re committed to helping the community because we live here too. And, I’m also thrilled to share that Cleveland was just today added to our growing list of cities with 5G expected by early in 2020.”

“One of the goals – both for the DeWine-Husted Administration, and for InnovateOhio – is to make Ohio the most innovative, creative state in the Midwest. Part of doing that is making sure people and businesses have access to the best-available technologies, and private-sector investment like this, helps us move towards that goal,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “I am grateful to AT&T for their continued commitment to the City of Cleveland. Their announcement today will make this city the first city in Ohio to enjoy the benefits of this upgrade.”

“With the impact of 5G technology there is an expectation that digital literacy and technology-based learning will someday improve,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Believe Cleveland is a necessary investment that will benefit everyone in our community.”

AT&T kicked off Believe Cleveland today with financial commitments from the AT&T Foundation to the following organizations:

  • The Urban League of Greater Cleveland has received $100,000 to help create an accelerated technology training program that includes job readiness workshops, resources and connections to resolve other barriers to work, classes that lead to certifications or licenses, paid work-based experiences and stable employment.
  • Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will utilize its $100,000 for certificate training programs for unemployed adults and scholarship opportunities for tech-based fields including block chain and Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Digital C received $100,000 for an in-depth, comprehensive neighborhood analysis of internet adoption and training needs.

In addition to the initial $300,000 for these three nonprofits, AT&T is contributing $55,000 in funding to several other Cleveland organizations. Details regarding those commitments – as well as local employee volunteerism efforts and more collaborations in the pipeline will be announced throughout the year.

“We’ve seen firsthand how improved digital literacy, broadband adoption and technology-based learning can help people access the opportunities they deserve to succeed in life,” said Marsha Mockabee, President/CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. “AT&T has been a tremendous collaborator of ours for years, and we’re excited to work with them to pursue a shared passion.”

Believe Cleveland and Esperanza Inc.Believe Cleveland event with Esperanza Inc.

“AT&T has been making a positive impact on Cleveland for many years, so it’s great to see this expanded commitment to being engaged in the community,” said Victor Ruiz, Executive Director of Esperanza Inc., who hosted AT&T at his nonprofit today. “We look forward to working closely with the company and its employee volunteers to address a significant challenge here.”

AT&T invested more than $325 million in our Cleveland wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments boosted reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improved critical services that support public safety and first responders.

Believe Cleveland is an extension of AT&T BelievesSM, a larger company-wide initiative, which aims to create positive change in local communities. To learn more about AT&T Believes initiatives across the country, please click here.


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May 29, 2019

AT&T Providing Support for Those Impacted by Ohio Tornadoes

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

In the wake of Monday’s devastating tornadoes, AT&T is bringing in network equipment, relief supplies and mobile charging stations for affected Ohio residents.

SatCOLT

Our first priority is keeping our customers connected. We know how critical communications are, so we’re deploying two SatCOLTs (Cell on Light Truck) in the Northridge and Beavercreek areas.

With the tornadoes leaving many without power, we want to provide a way for residents to charge their devices, so they can stay connected with loved ones. We have set up charging stations at the following location:

Corinthian Baptist Church, 700 S. James H. McGee Blvd., Dayton, OH 45402

In addition to the mobile charging stations, AT&T employees will hand out water and nonperishable snacks at this location to those impacted.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by yesterday’s tornadoes,” said AT&T Ohio president Adam Grzybicki. “At AT&T, we are committed to providing communication resources needed every day and especially so in times like these. We are also committed to doing what we can to help residents recover from this disaster, including helping them stay in touch with loved ones when they need to most.”

Overall our network continues to perform well. We are engaged with key officials working on restoration efforts, including local and county officials. Our teams are prepared to deploy additional network recovery assets and equipment if needed.

Help people affected by severe weather in Ohio. Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to give $10 that enables the Red Cross to respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

Donations will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 90999 to STOP. Text HELP to 90999 for HELP. Full Terms and Privacy Policy:hmgf.org/t. Visit redcross.org for additional information.


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April 15, 2019

AT&T Ohio invests in students, technology

Posted by Adam Gryzbicki

I hope you’re enjoying the early days of spring. As always, our team keeps busy year-round working the hallways of the Ohio Statehouse and investing in communities across the state.

We’re happy to share an update about regulatory reform that we’d been pursuing at the Capitol. In 2018, HB 402 passed, which updated Ohio law to reflect how our customers are communicating today. Signed by the governor, this bill ensures that Ohio can compete with neighboring states for communications investments and maintain important consumer protections.

In addition, we’ve seen a lot of progress in either planning for or deploying small cell technology in Ohio’s cities and towns. As you know, this kind of technology is key to laying the foundation for 5G and improved connectivity that benefits health care, education, public safety and business growth. Columbus, Parma and Akron, in particular, have made great strides by working collaboratively with us on small cell deployment efforts. If you’d like to learn more about how your community can do the same, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

And, finally, as you’ll read more about below, it’s been rewarding recently for AT&T Ohio to be engaged in various hackathons in the Buckeye State. We truly enjoy playing a role in efforts that benefit our young people and their future careers.

Thank you for your ongoing support of AT&T.

Sincerely,

Adam Grzybicki
President — AT&T Ohio and Great Lakes States

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April 14, 2019

High school students inspired thanks to AT&T Aspire

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TechCorpsHackAT&T and Tech Corps recently joined forces to sponsor #TechCorpsHack.

The program is a regional coding competition — or “hackathon” — that provided underserved high school students from Columbus, Dayton and Zanesville with an interactive computer science experience and exposure to STEM.

The hackathon kicked off with events at Capital University (Columbus), Sinclair Community College (Dayton), and Zane State College (Zanesville) with 142 students participating across the three regions. During the day-and-a-half experience, students learned how to utilize MIT App Inventor to explore the world of mobile app development and were challenged to create an app that addressed the real-world problem of opioid abuse and addiction.

"The hackathon only solidified the love I already had for technology. What changed for me was the way that I thought about the opioid epidemic and the disease of addiction."


First responders and local addiction treatment specialists were engaged in each region to share their perspective on the opioid epidemic. In developing their apps, students utilized anonymous live chat functions with prevention specialists; GPS location services for first responders; and, call features that connected users to addiction hotlines.

AT&T Ohio and Tech Corps were excited that a number of elected officials, city representatives and first responders were able to either speak to participants or participate as judges. Our thanks to City of Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler, Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rick Minerd, City of Dublin Chief Information Officer Doug McCollough, City of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Montgomery Co. Sheriff Phil Plummer and Muskingum Co. Sheriff’s Department Capitan Jeff Lecocq for joining us.

This first-ever #TechCorpsHack, which benefited from funding from the AT&T Aspire initiative, was truly a success, as students developed 21st century skills essential for college and career readiness. We’re hopeful it will serve as a model for a statewide competition in the future.

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April 13, 2019

Hackathon participants at University of Toledo tackled big challenges

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HackathonToledo was home to yet another hackathon that AT&T was proud to support.


The AT&T Toledo Smart Cities Hackathon, powered by JumpStart, took place during 24 hours at the University of Toledo.


A dynamic group of students, technology experts and community leaders got together to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the area. Participants looked for new ways to address student homelessness and safe water, while also examining how technology could help improve everyday life in Northwest Ohio.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz kicked off the hackathon, and Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Director Melissa Greene Hopfer framed challenges and solutions related to the local water supply and Lake Erie. Toledo Public Schools officials provided insights for technical support that could aid the district’s homeless youth.

Mayor

Local tech experts and officials from LaunchPad at the University of Toledo provided on-site mentoring for the young hackers.

At the end of the 24-hour competition, the teams demonstrated what they built and competed for prizes. Winning ideas focused on potholes and algae, filtering phosphorous runoff and food insecurity. The grand prize winner was Team Akshay and their proposed application to help solve hunger in the community by using centralized food lockers to collect and distribute food.

Our thanks to The University of Toledo and JumpStart for their collaboration on this fantastic event.

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April 12, 2019

Changes at the Statehouse

Posted by AT&T Ohio

Statehouse

At the top of the list is a new governor for the Buckeye State. Gov. Mike DeWine was elected to a four-year term, along with Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. All of Ohio’s statewide elected officials, including the governor and lieutenant governor, are Republican. Here’s a rundown of the other office holders who now represent Ohio:

ArrowSecretary of State: Frank LaRose
ArrowAttorney General: Dave Yost
ArrowAuditor of State: Keith Faber
ArrowTreasurer of State: Robert Sprague

In Ohio’s House of Representatives, Republicans hold a 61–38 majority. The new House speaker is Rep. Larry Householder from Glenford. The new Minority Leader is Emilia Sykes from Akron. You may find it interesting that Speaker Householder and Leader Sykes brokered a historic deal where half of the Democratic Caucus voted for Speaker Householder in the Speaker’s race in return for bipartisanship.

This is the first time in Ohio history that this happened. Typically, the majority party sets the rules and agenda for the General Assembly while the minority party works to get back into the majority. The deal brokered between Householder and Sykes provided for a bipartisan committee to set the rules for the General Assembly, assuring input from both sides.

Finally, in the Ohio Senate, there were no major changes. Republicans have a 24–9 Supermajority in that chamber.


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February 19, 2019

#TechCorpsHack: High school students inspired, thanks to AT&T Aspire

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AT&T and Tech Corps recently joined forces to sponsor #TechCorpsHack, a regional coding competition — or “hackathon” — that provided underserved high school students from Columbus, Dayton and Zanesville with an interactive computer science experience and exposure to STEM.

The hackathon kicked off with events at Capital University (Columbus), Sinclair Community College (Dayton), and Zane State College (Zanesville) with 142 students participating across the three regions. During the day-and-a-half experience, students learned how to utilize MIT App Inventor to explore the world of mobile app development and were challenged to create an app that addressed the real-world problem of opioid abuse and addiction.

"The hackathon only solidified the love I already had for technology. What changed for me was the way that I thought about the opioid epidemic and the disease of addiction."  — Hackathon participant

First responders and local addiction treatment specialists were engaged in each region to share their perspective on the opioid epidemic. In developing their apps, students utilized anonymous live chat functions with prevention specialists; GPS location services for first responders; and, call features that connected users to addiction hotlines.

OH Hackathon Presentation

Columbus high school students presenting their app idea to judges and peers.

OH Hackathon Winners

Grand Prize-Winning Team – Liberation, a Columbus team, designed an app that tackled the opioid epidemic by providing anonymous chatting between two people, provided call features to addiction specialists and first responders, and provided testimonies from former addicts.

OH Hackathon SpeakerOH Hackathon Guests

AT&T Ohio and Tech Corps were excited that a number of elected officials, city representatives and first responders were able to either speak to participants or participate as judges. Our thanks to City of Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler, Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rick Minerd, City of Dublin Chief Information Officer Doug McCollough, City of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Montgomery Co. Sheriff Phil Plummer and Muskingum Co. Sheriff’s Department Capitan Jeff Lecocq for joining us.

This first-ever #TechCorpsHack, which benefited from funding from the AT&T Aspire initiative, was truly a success, as students developed 21st century skills essential for college and career readiness. We’re hopeful it will serve as a model for a statewide competition in the future.


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December 20, 2018

Hackathon gains ‘STEAM’ with support of AT&T Ohio

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Late in 2018, AT&T Ohio was proud to play a small role in the success of Girls4STEAM, a hackathon event hosted by the Kent State Student Chapter for American Computing Machinery-Women.

OH Hackathon

Pictured is AT&T Ohio’s Steve Kristan (right) with hackathon organizers.  They are showing off one of the innovative tools the hackathon participants developed.

AT&T provided funding for the hackathon, which the chapter held in partnership with the Research Center for Educational Technology of Kent State’s College of Education, Health & Human Services.

The event achieved its goal of inspiring young women in grades 7 through high school to be creators of technological innovations - not just consumers of technology - who use technology as a creative tool to build solutions for problems or challenges people face in their daily lives. The hackathon  engaged young women in rich STEAM opportunities through collaborative hands-on experiences to design and create a technology product such as a game, website, app, or other hardware hack.


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November 30, 2018

First Responders Mark One Year of FirstNet in Ohio

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Thousands of Ohio’s First Responders Now Trust FirstNet for their Communications

One year after Gov. John Kasich elected to have AT&T build out the FirstNet network platform in Ohio, first responders in Ohio are already benefitting from enhanced emergency communications. FirstNet is the country’s nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders. Being built with AT&T*, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade.

“During times of crisis, communication is key. We need to do what we can to help ensure that our first responders at all levels – local, state and federal – are able to stay connected. That’s exactly what we’ve seen FirstNet do – with what happened here in Medina County this summer as a great example,” said Christina Fozio, director of the Medina County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “We appreciate the chance to work with this public-private partnership to help keep our public safety personnel connected – and our communities safe.”

Enhancing emergency communications

In August, the Medina County fairgrounds hosted a performance by a country music artist who had been relatively unknown when the show was scheduled months before. In the ensuing weeks his popularity took off, bringing a capacity crowd of more than 8,400 to the local event that had been expected to pull in no more than 4,500. The Medina County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security quickly developed an incident action plan and served as the unified command of local first responders to ensure a safe and secure event

“Keeping that size crowd safe, and handling any issues that may arise, simply requires that the first responders can talk to each other,” said Fozio. “A crowd of that size brings unique challenges and communication networks can be easily overwhelmed. Completing a call or even a text was tough. The only exceptions were the three phones we had just acquired when we subscribed to FirstNet. Those phones had absolutely no problems. Those were the only three devices that worked without interruption. We provided the phones to our stakeholders in our Unified Command Post and field responders to make sure we could communicate efficiently. The event went well, visitors had a great experience – and we’ve since added two more FirstNet phones in the office as well as Wi-Fi devices to be certain we have what we need for any future events.”

Public safety agencies subscribing to FirstNet also have access to a nationwide fleet of 72 dedicated deployable network assets. This equipment can be deployed for planned events, such as large concerts, or called upon in emergencies. To date in 2018, the FirstNet team at AT&T has supported more than 100 emergency and event response efforts, from hurricanes and flooding responses to wildfires.

That’s just one way FirstNet is working for first responders in Ohio and across the nation, according to Edward Parkinson, Acting CEO for the FirstNet Authority. “Emergencies and disasters can happen in any community, and FirstNet is being built with all first responders in mind – especially those serving in rural or underserved areas,” said Parkinson. “As we planned for this network, we worked hand-in-hand with public safety and state officials here in Ohio to ensure FirstNet would meet their needs. Now, one year after Ohio approved of the FirstNet plan, we are honored to be supporting the state’s first responders as they serve and protect their communities.”

Reaching first responders across the state

Thousands of Ohio’s first responders now rely on FirstNet for their wireless communications, including the Franklin County Office of Homeland Security and Regional Communications (Columbus), the Perry Township Police Department (Dublin), the Sharon Township Police Department (Worthington), and the South Bloomfield Police Department (Pickaway County). This gives them enhanced security on a dedicated, physically separate network core that prioritizes their communications. And it brings FirstNet subscribers in Ohio the technology, features and functionality designed to properly handle their rigorous, specific and niche demands.

Adam Grzybicki, President, AT&T in Ohio, said the company has made much progress in implementing this unique public-private partnership in Ohio and nationwide. “Thanks to great collaboration with many of the leaders across the state and locally, we’re moving quickly to build out the network and sign on new public safety agencies. FirstNet was designed by and for our first responders, and we’re working hard every day to meet our mission – which is helping public safety achieve theirs.”

In fact, the wireless spectrum allocated to public safety for the operation of the FirstNet network platform has already been added to hundreds of sites statewide. In addition to supporting first responders, these and other network upgrades will provide mobile broadband coverage and capacity to many underserved areas of the state, creating more access to mobile broadband for more Ohioans.

Go to FirstNet.com/news for more information. For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com.


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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit and follow FirstNet (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

*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.

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November 26, 2018

Consumers and Technology are Driving Change; Ohio regulations must keep pace

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT HOUSE BILL 402

As technology changes, Ohio leaders understand that regulations need to keep pace.

OH Keep Pace 1WHAT DOES HOUSE BILL 402 DO?

House Bill 402 makes important updates to Ohio law, updating rotary phone rules to fit the internet age and to keep pace with work done in neighboring states to adapt to emerging communications products and investment.

It maintains important consumer protections for residents and small businesses and reflects many hours of work and compromise by lawmakers and interested parties.

OH Keep Pace 2

The legislation updates Ohio law to adapt to fundamental changes in how customers are communicating in 2018.

Fewer people are using basic home phone service and more are shifting to wireless.

Ohioans still maintaining their basic home service live predominantly in areas where telecommunications competition is fierce and customers have many providers to choose from.

Greater pricing flexibility reflects the reality of a fully competitive communications market of 2018.

OH Keep Pace 3

House Bill 402 updates regulators’ inspection powers to be focused on a competitive marketplace, complaint-driven model rather than an antiquated, monopoly-provider model of years and years ago.

It retains the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio to review mergers and transfers in cases where the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t already have jurisdiction and oversight.

House Bill 402 allows for a modest annual increase. Currently, rates can increase $1.25 per year for the lowest-cost service. House Bill 402 allows the rate for basic monthly phone service to increase another $.75, for a total of $2.00 per year.

WHAT DOES HOUSE BILL 402 NOT DO?

Nothing in the current version of House Bill 402 alters the existing service quality requirements in Ohio law. Assertions that the bill would eliminate service quality protections are not true.


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November 12, 2018

At AT&T, we recognize the sacrifices military personnel, veterans and their families make every day to serve our nation.

Posted by Adam Grzybicki
At AT&T, we recognize the sacrifices military personnel, veterans and their families make every day to serve our nation.


That’s why on this Veteran’s Day, and every day for over 100 years, AT&T is proud to support these brave men and women who protect our freedom.

This year, we are teaming up with NPower, an organization dedicated to helping veterans and their spouses gain the digital and professional skills needed to succeed in in tech-based careers.

Veterans Day Banner

Our nation’s veterans are a vital part of the country’s workforce and critical part of our AT&T team:

Veterans Day Graphic


In May 2016, we announced plans to hire a total of 20,000 vets by 2020. To date, we have hired more than 15,000 veterans toward reaching that goal.



Our Careers for Veterans program supports over 130,000 veterans and their spouses by giving career advice through our veteran talent network.



AT&T ranked No. 5 in DiversityInc.’s Top 18 Companies for Veterans for 2018.


Supporting veterans and their families is also a major focus of our philanthropic efforts including contributing or directing about $21 million to veteran’s organizations through corporate, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs during the past five years.

And to help veterans and their families stay connected, AT&T is offering veteran families significant savings on wireless, video and internet.1


While we could never fully repay those who serve, on this day of reflection, we say, “Thank you” to our heroes who give so much and invite you to join us #ThankOurHeroes.

Gratitude

We're also donating $5 for each video view*

Sincerely,

Adam Grzybicki
President — AT&T Ohio


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1Req’s proof of eligibility. Credit(s) w/in 3 bills. Add’l restrictions & exclusions apply. See offer details at att.com/military.

October 01, 2018

Cleveland’s Tri-C gets $70,000 boost from AT&T Aspire for Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

Tri-C

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) was awarded $70,000 from AT&T Aspire to support the college’s Hispanic Scholarship Fund and create future educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

AT&T Director of External Affairs Nicolette Jaworski presented the contribution to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation during Tri-C’s Hispanic Scholarship Luncheon, which was held at the Aloft Hotel in Cleveland.

“Thanks to the generosity of supporters like AT&T, these scholarships provide greater access to higher education,” said Tri-C Foundation President Megan O’Bryan. “This investment in people opens doors for the region’s future leaders to build their success.”

More than 70 Hispanic students received scholarships during the annual luncheon. The event is sponsored by the College’s Hispanic Council and held in honor of Hispanic access and achievement in higher education.

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October 01, 2018

More computer programming classes coming to Youngstown, thanks to AT&T

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Computer Programming

Oak Hill Collaborative and AT&T are working together to bring more computer programming classes to students in Youngstown.

Recently, we announced a $10,000 contribution to Oak Hill as part of our AT&T Aspire initiative, which helps provide access to education and the training people need to get and keep good jobs.

With the AT&T Aspire support, and in partnership with Youngstown State University, Oak Hill is launching an interactive STEM program where high school students will learn C++ programming language and object-oriented programming skills. Among the creative ways they’ll be learning about programming: they’ll be developing video games.

“For our community to continue to succeed in the 21st century, our students and our workforce need skills like these,” said Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown. “It’s great to see Oak Hill, YSU and AT&T working together to create opportunities for people to move in to rewarding careers.”

“AT&T shares our goal of promoting innovation and interest in technology jobs,” said Oak Hill Collaborative Executive Director Pat Kerrigan. “They are a long-time partner of ours and we are excited to have this support for their initiative that will benefit both our young people and the future of Youngstown.”
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October 01, 2018

AT&T retail stores across the country open doors to verified first responders for FirstNet service

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

FirstNet

Did you know that some EMS, fire and law enforcement agencies don’t provide their personnel with wireless service plans or devices? That’s why the doors to more than 5,300 AT&T retail stores across the country are now open to verified1 first responders interested in signing themselves up for FirstNet service.

FirstNet1 is the country’s first nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders. Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need. Every day. And in every emergency.

The launch of FirstNet mobile plans for Subscriber Paid Users lets verified first responders sign up for FirstNet service under a personal account. This will make the groundbreaking technology locally available to first responders everywhere, so they can access the power of FirstNet.

Both career and volunteer first responders can qualify, which means all first responder users can have access to the same critical capabilities of FirstNet.
“According to the latest findings from the National Fire Protection Association, 70% of firefighters in the U.S. are volunteer,” said Fire Chief Ron Oettel of Lititz, Pennsylvania. “That’s more than 800,000 of us who are often the first to respond to emergencies — fires, medical crises and disasters, among others — in small and rural communities across the country. Having the best tools possible is critical. And FirstNet just made it easier for us to have the best.”

To learn more about FirstNet, go to att.com/firstrespondernews. Or send your community leaders to explore FirstNet service plans or devices to FirstNet.com.

1FirstNet is exclusive to the public safety community, so eligibility must be confirmed before access will be granted. Qualified first responder agencies enter into an agreement with AT&T that enables them to verify individual first responders who are eligible for the Subscriber Paid User offer through an online portal. Verified first responders will then receive an activation code that can be presented in store to sign up.

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October 01, 2018

Introducing the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator class

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

AT&T Aspire Accelerator class

Since 2015, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator program has provided financial support, mentorship and guidance to 19 inspiring ed-tech organizations offering students life-changing solutions.

Following a competitive application process, AT&T recently announced the addition of 8 more organizations, including 3 nonprofits. The 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator class of innovators will receive funding, access to business experts, national exposure, mentorship and entrepreneur resources. This program will conclude this fall with demonstrations and a graduation.

Meet the innovative, diverse and impactful start-ups that make up the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator class:

arrowCaribu (Miami) allows any trusted adult to read and draw with children, through an interactive video-call, no matter how far apart.

arrowMindRight (501(c)3/Newark, New Jersey) empowers youth of color to heal from systemic oppression trauma — including structural violence, poverty, racism and discrimination — with support via text message.

arrowMove This World (New York) uses multimedia content to develop social skills and strengthen emotional intelligence in Pre-K through high school students.

arrowSubstantial (501(c)3/Oakland, California) creates training, resources and information substitute teachers need to be successful. The program customizes for each school system’s unique context and delivers it online with modern, mobile-friendly technology.

arrowUnruly Studios (Boston) revolutionizes learning by combining STEM education with physical play. It teaches kids how to code and gets them active.

arrowWeird Enough Productions (501(c)3/Lithonia, Georgia) teaches students how to combat fake news, identify media bias and create positive content through an ed-tech tool.

arrowWords Liive (Washington, D.C.) makes it effortless for teachers to integrate music into lessons.

arrowZoobean (Arlington, Virginia) provides a web application, mobile app, and prospective hardware device through which families can track their independent reading and stay motivated to read.

Learn more about the winning group of innovators and about the AT&T Accelerator program here.

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October 01, 2018

AT&T invests $1.3 billion over 3-year period to boost local networks in Ohio

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

Network

At AT&T1, we've invested more than $1.3 billion in our Ohio wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2017, AT&T made more than 1,300 wireless network upgrades in Ohio. We added new cell sites, additional network capacity, and new wireless high-speed internet connections.

Following the passage of Substitute House Bill 478, AT&T will continue its investment in Ohio with additional upgrades.

"Governor Kasich has signed legislation that encourages companies to invest more in wireless infrastructure. We're now speeding our wireless build out plans in Ohio with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to improving our mobile network," said Adam Grzybicki, president of AT&T Ohio. "This investment will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead."

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 Ohio 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 service to nearly 250,000 customer locations in the Ohio area.

We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.1 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 connection2 on our 100% fiber network to 9 million locations across 71 major metro areas. We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers.3

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

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1 AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

2 Based on publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint.

3 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
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October 01, 2018

We've accomplished a lot this year

Posted by Adam Gryzbicki

It’s been a busy year. AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., combining global media and entertainment leaders HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. with AT&T’s leadership in technology and customer relationships across video, mobile and broadband. The merger will allow us to reinvent the way the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.

But that’s not all we have accomplished. We’ve selected 8 new ed-tech companies to fund, mentor and provide entrepreneur resources to through our AT&T Aspire Accelerator program.

We’ve also launched groundbreaking FirstNet technology available to local first responders and announced AT&T has invested $1.3 billion over the past 3 years to enhance local networks in Ohio. The first half of the year has been an exciting time at AT&T. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish during the rest of the year.

Sincerely,

Adam Grzybicki
President — AT&T Ohio


AT&T completes acquisition of Time Warner Inc.

Merger

AT&T Inc. has completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., combining global media and entertainment leaders Warner Bros., HBO and Turner with AT&T’s leadership in technology and its video, mobile and broadband customer relationships.

Together, the companies form a truly modern media company that will work to create the best entertainment and communications experiences in the world.

“The content and creative talent at Warner Bros., HBO and Turner are first-rate. Combine all that with AT&T’s strengths in direct-to-consumer distribution, and we offer customers a differentiated, high-quality, mobile-first entertainment experience,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc. “We’re going to bring a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.”

Stephenson said the future of media entertainment is rapidly converging around three elements required to transform how video is distributed, paid for, consumed and created. Today, AT&T brings together:

Premium Content: Broadly distributed, robust premium content portfolio that combines leading movies and shows from Warner Bros., HBO and Turner, along with more targeted digital content from Bleacher Report, FilmStruck and AT&T’s investment in Otter Media, among others.

Direct to Consumer Distribution (D2C): AT&T has more than 170 million D2C relationships across its TV, video streaming, mobile and broadband services in the U.S., mobile in Mexico, and TV in Latin America, in addition to D2C digital properties such as HBO NOW, Boomerang, FilmStruck and CNN.com.

High-Speed Networks: AT&T‘s leading wireless and fiber network, including investments in new technology, such as 5G, will provide the network bandwidth required as customers increase engagement with premium video and emerging 4K and virtual reality content.


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September 26, 2018

AT&T Gives Contributions to the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

For over 60 years, the AT&T Foundation and AT&T employees have supported the United Way.  This month, the AT&T Foundation and local AT&T employees continue this legacy of support through contributions in the amount of $41,367 to The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. 

United Way Check Presentation

AT&T presents our contributions to the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley will use the contributions to support programs that create lasting change in our community.  The United Way is dedicated to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good, as is evident from the work the United Way is doing in the Mahoning Valley. For example, in the past year, the organization funded various programs such as Success After 6, Women United, Day of Caring and Income Tax Assistance.   

 “AT&T shares United Way’s commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives,” said Steve Kristan, AT&T Director of External Affairs.  “The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s support for programs with proven results improves the lives of our citizens by connecting them with resources and expertise that helps them succeed.”

“AT&T shares United Way’s commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives.”

 “We are all about making a positive impact in the community by collaborating with partners such as AT&T and others to educate and empower children and families in the Mahoning Valley,” said Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.  “Thank you, AT&T.”


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August 22, 2018

Per Scholas Columbus is latest recipient of AT&T Aspire contribution

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

Joined by Columbus City Council Member Elizabeth Brown, AT&T announced this month that Per Scholas would receive $20,000 for its IT Pipeline Program, which provides recent high school graduates from the greater Columbus area with technology skills, training and professional development tailored to local businesses’ needs. 

Students participating in the program learn about:

  • Soft Skills
  • Career Coaching
  • Computer Terminology
  • Digital Literacy
  • Digital Citizenship

Per Scholas’ mission is to open doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. It ensures underserved high school students have equal access to technology skills, programs and resources that will enrich their education and prepare them to enter the workforce in an IT career after high school.

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July 09, 2018

Talking "Smart Cities" in the Miami Valley

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

AT&T's Jamie Sullivan (pictured below) recently talked "Smart Cities" with a group representing a number of municipalities in the Miami Valley. If you're not familiar, our company's Smart Cities solutions can help community leaders with everything from transportation, public safety and air quality, to pedestrian flow and parking enforcement. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to how a Smart Cities Digital Infrastructure can bring a community to life.  Want to learn more?  Check out our Smart Cities page here.

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