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November 01, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by AT&T Oklahoma Team

Veterans Day is a day of reflection. Reflecting on our country’s past. Reflecting on where we are today. And, most importantly, reflecting on those who fought for our freedoms.

AT&T has a long history of supporting our military and First Responders. We’ve committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by the year 2020. We’re also using our talents to construct a public safety broadband network called FirstNet to connect our First Responders in new ways.

On Veterans Day and every day, we are thankful for our service members.

Join me this Veterans Day in thanking our heroes for their bravery and sacrifices.

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

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

Sincerely,

AT&T Oklahoma Team

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October 13, 2017

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Posted by AT&T Oklahoma Team


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

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

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

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

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



Mexicodonation

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

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



Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands list

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

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

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

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

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



Florida

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

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



Texas and Louisiana

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

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

Response

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

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

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October 12, 2017

Closing the ‘homework gap’ for our students

Posted by AT&T Oklahoma Team

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Technology and learning go hand in hand. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the internet at home, making it hard for kids to do homework and learn at their own pace and for families to stay up to date and connect with teachers.

That’s why The National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and AT&T have teamed up to help close the “homework gap” and ensure SNAP-eligible families in select states1 have the resources they need for children to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Through their collaboration, National PTA and AT&T will help qualifying families connect to low-cost internet service through Access from AT&T. The Access program offers those families a 10Mbps internet connection at home for $10 per month.2 You can visit ATT.com/Access for full details.

Together, the National PTA and AT&T will also teach parents how students are using digital technology in the classroom. Families will get tips about using technology and the internet to support their child's education at home. For example, the AT&T Digital You® portal includes English and Spanish language resources and tools for getting online, using technology safely, using online learning sites, job searching and more.

"Technology and the internet have created countless opportunities for teaching and learning. Having access to both is essential for students to develop the skills they need to be competitive," said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. "Increasing internet access for families is critical to help make sure all students have every opportunity for success."

For more information about National PTA and AT&T's collaboration, visit PTA.org/DigitalAccess.

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1Available only in the AT&T 21-state wireline footprint. In California only SSI recipients also may qualify.
2 Additional eligible speed tiers (5Mbps for $10 a month or 3Mbps/1.5Mbps/768Kbps for $5 a month) may be provided, depending on availability at your address. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary based on factors, including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors and device capabilities, and are not guaranteed. For more information, go to att.com/speed101. Pricing excludes taxes. Service will include a monthly data allowance of either 150GB or 1TB of data/mo. depending on the type and speed of service you receive. If you exceed your monthly data plan allowance, you will be automatically charged $10 for each 50GB of data usage in excess of your data plan, even if less than 50 gigabytes is used. For more information, go to att.com/internet-usage. Other restrictions apply. Go to att.com/access for full details.

October 11, 2017

WATCH: Helping the blind ‘see’ the solar eclipse

Posted by AT&T Oklahoma Team


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Click here to watch the video.

On Aug. 21, people across the U.S. stepped outside and experienced one of nature’s most visual phenomena — a total solar eclipse. But, what about people who are blind?

The start-up Aira had a possible solution.

Aira came to the Connected Health AT&T Foundry to improve wireless connectivity for their ground-breaking platform, using smart glasses and remote technology to connect those with diminished vision. The user, called an Aira Explorer, taps on the glasses to connect to an Aira agent who offers assistance. Using a video camera, the agents can “see” from the wearer’s perspective in near real time. Then, the agent can communicate back to the wearer.

On Aug. 21, a Nashville-based Aira Explorer stepped outside, connected with his Aira agent and began to experience the eclipse through his mind’s eyes. The conversation broadcasted live, sharing the audio eclipse experience for all.

But we didn’t want to stop there, so AT&T tapped Georgia Tech’s Sonification Lab to develop a soundtrack built using eclipse data. Think of it as an eclipse soundtrack driven by data. In lab, the team of students and researchers, based out of the School of Psychology and School of Interactive Computing, has been taking images and data points from past eclipses and turning them into sounds that showcase what is happening in the sky.

So, while millions watched the sky, people who are blind were able to listen as the sun and moon created a symphony of their own. A symphony that will now, through the power of technology and the AT&T network, be more accessible to all.

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May 24, 2017

AT&T honoring our nation’s heroes

Posted by AT&T Oklahoma Team

While we are grateful for our nation’s heroes every day, Memorial Day offers a national day to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.

At AT&T, we know our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. It is an honor to support them, and, this year, AT&T is a proud sponsor of Carry The Load.

Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. This includes a national, 6,200-mile relay where veterans and citizens honor those heroes’ sacrifice and take a turn experiencing the weight of a rucksack. All of the money raised at this event goes directly to support Carry The Load’s Continuum of Care program where partner charities are on the front lines to help those heroes and their families who have given so much to this country.

Why I Carry The Load

In 2003, AT&T employee Matt Foster, then a soldier in the US Army, left his family, friends and future wife for an overseas deployment. His Forward Operating Base (FOB) would often go on “Comms Blackout,” usually meaning a soldier on his FOB had been killed or seriously injured and their family was being officially notified. It’s that experience that led Matt to get involved with Carry The Load.

At AT&T, we are honored to support our nation’s service men and women. Learn more about our support for veterans and the military here and see Carry The Load’s full relay route from coast to coast here.

Enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day.

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May 02, 2017

AT&T Invests More Than $775 Million Over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks in Oklahoma

Posted by AT&T Oklahoma Team

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 2, 2017 — At AT&T¹, we’ve invested more than $775 million in our Oklahoma 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 businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2016, AT&T made more than 1,500 wireless network upgrades in Oklahoma, including addition of network capacity and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.

“For Oklahoma to continue to thrive and serve residents, it’s crucial we have companies invest through thoughtful innovation,” said Fred Morgan, State Chamber of Commerce CEO. “By investing in our state, AT&T is making business growth possible. And our residents have the tools to stay connected and entertained.”

The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Oklahoma network enhancements in 2016 included upgrades to a Distributed Antennae System inside Tulsa’s BOK Center and the deployment of a Cellular on Wheels device to enhance wireless network coverage during the Oklahoma City Arts Festival.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should Oklahoma opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders.

And we would expect to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain Oklahoma’s FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.

For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We also No. 37 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired companies.

AT&T is the only telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.

We continue to expand the scope of our ultra-fast internet powered by AT&T Fiber.

We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.² We also now market a 1 gigabit connection³ on our 100% fiber network to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas. We plan to reach at least 75 major metros overall. We expect to add 2 million locations in 2017, and we plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.

We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home internet customers get access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network4 at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

To learn more about our coverage in Oklahoma 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.

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.
4 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations

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.

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 offer the nation’s best data 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. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.

*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q3+Q4 2016 across 121 markets.

**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

From FORTUNE Magazine, March 1, 2017. 2017 Time Inc. FORTUNE© and The World's Most Admired Companies® are registered trademarks of Time Inc. and are used under License. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, AT&T.

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April 03, 2017

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

Posted by AT&T Oklahoma Team

There’s no connection more important than one that can save a life. During emergencies, lives depend on public safety personnel communicating without interruption. Unfortunately today, police, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel often lack the interoperable communications capabilities needed to coordinate and communicate across agencies and jurisdictions when disaster strikes.

That’s why FirstNet, an independent authority established by Congress in 2012, has just selected AT&T to build and manage America’s first-ever nationwide broadband network dedicated to first responders. This is a major step forward for public safety and for the broadband network our nation’s first responders have fought for and deserve.

The FirstNet network will strengthen and modernize public safety’s communications capabilities, enabling them to coordinate and respond more quickly and effectively during day-to-day operations, as well as man-made and natural disasters. The ability to share data, videos and photos — and to access apps — can provide life-saving insights even before emergency personnel arrive on the scene.

FirstNet

Our employees represent a nearly 140-year-old heritage of providing innovative, robust, resilient networking capabilities for first responders and public safety agencies. We look forward to collaborating with FirstNet and each of the 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia to develop adoption plans specific to their needs.

For more information on the selection of AT&T, please visit att.com/FirstResponderNews.

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March 09, 2017

Update: Help our charity in Oklahoma win BIG

Posted by Steve Hahn

Dear Friends,

Friendly rivalry will help nonprofits win big — including 1 based in Oklahoma — and you can join in the fun! AT&T is teaming up with Brackets For Good USA, the first national online bracket-style fundraising competition.

The competition concludes at 9 p.m. EST on Friday, March 31, and Oklahoma-based Allied Arts has made it to the final round for a chance to win an additional $100,000 from an AT&T contribution to Brackets For Good.

It’s competitive giving — and everybody wins. Learn more and support your favorite nonprofit today at usa.bfg.org!

We congratulate Allied Arts and all of the organizations participating and look forward to an exciting competition, where everyone wins.

To learn more, click here.

Brackets for Good

Regards,

Steve Hahn
President — AT&T Oklahoma

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DC Brackets for Good

Friendly rivalry will help nonprofits win big including 1 based in Oklahoma — and you can join in the fun! AT&T is teaming up with Brackets For Good to host Brackets For Good USA, the first national online bracket-style fundraising competition.

From Feb. 24 through March 31, 64 nonprofits will compete for donors’ support, with every dollar donated earning 1 “point” to help them advance to the next round. Oklahoma-based Allied Arts will square off against charities across America.The nonprofits get to keep their donations, and the winner takes home an additional $100,000 from an AT&T contribution  to Brackets For Good. 

It’s competitive giving — and everybody wins. Learn more and support your favorite nonprofit today at usa.bfg.org!

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November 11, 2016

This Veterans Day, AT&T is inviting you to thank a veteran at home or a veteran you've never met

Posted by AT&T Oklahoma Team

We are proud to join our voices to yours with the simple message to our veterans: thank you for your service!Twitter Bird

Please click here to share your story, or scroll below to view others messages of thanks.

 

 

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August 22, 2016

Supporting our colleagues and neighbors in Louisiana

Posted by Steve Hahn

Our thoughts and prayers remain with those affected by one of the worst natural disasters in Louisiana’s history.

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As recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of unprecedented flooding in South Louisiana, we want to do our part:

  • AT&T wireless customers can text “RELIEF” to 80077 to donate $10 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation Louisiana Flood Relief Fund to support those affected and the most urgent local needs as we work to restore the community. No text message fees apply. Your $10 donation will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. AT&T employees choosing to participate should text from non-COU devices.
  • AT&T will also make a $25,000 donation to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation Louisiana Flood Relief Fund, directing support to the most urgent needs related to this tragedy.
  • AT&T will contribute $100,000 to assist in recovery efforts, making a $50,000 donation to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) Louisiana Flood Relief Fund and a $50,000 donation to Donors Choose. The BRAF Louisiana Flood Relief Fund is assisting with most urgent needs related to this tragedy, and Donors Choose is assisting affected schools in support of teachers and students.

Sincerely,

Steve Hahn
President — AT&T Oklahoma