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November 30, 2018

First Responders Mark One Year of FirstNet in Ohio

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

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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About the First Responder Network Authority

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.

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.
FirstNet® and the FirstNet service logo are the intellectual property of the First Responder Network Authority.

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AT&T Corporate Communications
614-312-2008
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.

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

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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

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

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.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
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'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.

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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. 

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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.

Smart Cities Ohio

May 24, 2018

'It Can Wait' Campaign at Kings Island's First Responders Days

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

AT&T Ohio brought the It Can Wait campaign to Kings Island during its First Responders Days in May. Thanks to all who stopped by to try out our distracted driving virtual reality simulator. Remember: keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone!

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May 10, 2018

Digital You Technology Workshop for Seniors at Oakhill Collaborative in Youngstown

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

AT&T Ohio brought a Digital You technology workshop for seniors to Oakhill Collaborative in Youngstown on May 9.  The hands-on training session focused on tablets, primarily, and participants learned about surfing the web; taking photos and videos; checking email; downloading apps; and utilizing maps and directions.  Thank you to the Oakhill Collaborative for hosting us. And thanks, also, to our team members from AT&T stores who shared their expertise with us!

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April 23, 2018

AT&T Pioneers Donate Child Suitcases to the Medina Children’s Center

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

On April 8, the AT&T Pioneers donated child suitcases to the Medina Children’s Center. These suitcases will be given to children who are being taken out of their home due to abuse and neglect. Each suitcase contains a blanket, tooth brush/paste, and room for the child to pack their favorite toy(s) as they leave their home. The donation took place during the Children’s Center’s Pinwheel Walk, where over 600 pinwheels were placed at a local school in recognition of National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

February 26, 2018

AT&T Debuts New Mobility & Entertainment Store in Westlake

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

New Retail Store Concept Among the First Nationwide

WESTLAKE, Ohio, Feb. 24, 2018 — AT&T* debuted a new 4,200 sq. ft. entertainment-focused retail store in Westlake. The new store in Crocker Park is the first of its type in Ohio and aims to connect customers to the entertainment content they want anytime, anywhere and on any device. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green, the Cavs Scream Team and mascot Moondog joined the store opening celebration.

Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Jeff Green (center) joined Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, State Representative Dave Greenspan, and AT&T Director of External Affairs Nikki Jaworski for the opening of the new AT&T Mobility & Entertainment store in Westlake

The new store reflects the changing ways our customers use their mobile devices for entertainment. In the last year alone, video traffic on our network grew over 75%. In our new store, you can interact with content across many different screens and find the best video, internet and wireless options available from AT&T.

“As technology continues to evolve, we need to make sure Northeast Ohio is evolving to support it,” said State Representative Dave Greenspan. “AT&T’s new store and continued investment helps our community stay competitive and plugged into the latest trends.”

“Westlake is proud of its vibrant businesses and we’re pleased to have AT&T invest in this cutting-edge new store in the heart of our community,” said Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough. “Our city is technology-focused, so we look forward to this being a popular destination for anyone who wants to see the latest in entertainment and technology.”

“The Cavaliers are proud to support our great partner in the community, AT&T, for this exciting new store opening at Crocker Park, sure to be a fan-favorite location,” said Robert Gelman, Senior Director of Global Corporate Partnerships for The Cleveland Cavaliers. “AT&T and The Cavaliers have a shared vision in building technology and progress in Northeast Ohio to deliver experiences and convenience to our fans and consumers.”

Some key features of the new store format are:

  • Entertainment, everywhere. The new stores illustrate the intersection of entertainment and connection. We’ve added more screens to showcase video content as well as its availability across virtually any device with our DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW services.
  • Smartphones and more. We’ve moved the phones off the walls to the center of the store to make it easier to compare and choose what’s best for you. We also have two focus areas to highlight the most popular smartphone brands and compatible accessories, like VR goggles and smartwatches. We expanded our lineup of accessories, and we’ve made them easier to find.
  • A comfortable experience. We’ve designed these stores for you to have a personal connection with our employees and services. We know selecting a phone, plan and even adding TV and home broadband to your list takes longer than grabbing a shirt off the rack.  We added comfortable areas where you and our employees can work together.

“Today, more than half of our network traffic is video. This new store in Westlake will help local customers connect more seamlessly to the entertainment they love,” said Eric Decker, Director of Sales, AT&T Ohio.

The new store is located at 167 Market Street in Westlake, inside Crocker Park. The hours of operation are: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

AT&T in Ohio:

AT&T invested more than $1.4 billion in our Ohio wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. We made more than 1,000 upgrades to our wireless network in Ohio in 2017.  

*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. 

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.

**Coverage not avail. everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data.

For more information, contact:           
Holly Hollingsworth
AT&T Corporate Communications
614-223-5711
holly.hollingsworth@att.com

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February 12, 2018

AT&T/Sinclair Teen Hackathon

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

Sinclair Community College’s Dr. Mike Libassi (L) and AT&T Ohio External Affairs Director Mark Romito (R) congratulate Chey Reumann, Timmy Fannin, Chris Napper and Alex Sams of Hamilton High School on winning first place in the AT&T/Sinclair Teen Hackathon Unmanned Aircraft Division.  

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February 01, 2018

Congress needs to establish an 'Internet Bill of Rights'

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

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

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

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

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

A patchwork of different state rules would confuse consumers, harm competition, and impede innovation and investment.

Congress needs to act to establish an "Internet Bill of Rights" that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.

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

Sincerely,

Adam A. Grzybicki
President, AT&T Ohio


Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Randall Stephenson
AT&T Chairman and CEO

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December 07, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

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


Sincerely,

Adam Grzybicki
President — AT&T Ohio


FirstNet, AT&T to revolutionize emergency services in Ohio

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Ohio is advancing communications for first responders. FirstNet and AT&T will deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help Ohio's first responders save lives and protect communities.

The decision to bring FirstNet to Ohio's public safety community will revolutionize emergency services across the Buckeye State," said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. "The network will provide first responders with the speed, reliability and bandwidth they need to take full advantage of new technologies and innovation. FirstNet looks forward to continuing to work with the state to ensure the network meets public safety's needs, enabling them to collaborate and communicate seamlessly, every day and in every emergency."

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

FirstNet will enhance the way Ohio's fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Learn more here.

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December 06, 2017

AT&T Aspire Helping Students Overcome Hurdles to Higher Ed

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

Quickstart

Just after Thanksgiving, we made an AT&T Aspire contribution to Zane State College (ZSC) for its QuickStart Program, a free, 8-week course designed to help first generation, underserved high school students and GED graduates overcome their reservations about enrolling in college.

QuickStart offers students a risk-free college experience with no financial obligations. Students earn 2 free college credits upon successful completion of the program and have the opportunity to enroll in 2 ZSC courses. The AT&T Aspire contribution will go toward the purchase of classroom tools and electronics for those enrolled in QuickStart.

“This is a great program to reach some of our most vulnerable young people,” said State Rep. Brian Hill, who participated in the announcement of the AT&T Aspire funding. “Educational programs like these ensure that students are prepared for higher education, leading to success in college, careers and life.”

New QuickStart classes begin on Feb. 5, 2018.

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