We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting first responders and the U.S. Army, to connecting AT&T employees to career pipelines, or connecting community members to technology training, 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 Oregon, and as I look forward to 2018, I am excited for what is to come. But before we end the year, I want to wish all of you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!
George Granger President — AT&T Oregon
FirstNet momentum: 35 states and territories transform first responder communications with FirstNet
More than half of the country has moved to modernize communications for fire, police, emergency medical services (EMS) and other public safety personnel who bravely protect and serve their communities.
As of November 28, 35 states and territories have announced their decision to opt in to the FirstNet network — America’s only communications platform purpose-built for public safety. Both AT&T* and FirstNet committed significant resources to improve communications among first responders and members of the public safety community. With an opt-in decision, FirstNet, together with AT&T, bears the financial risk associated with the network in each state or territory and will require no additional financial resources from the state or territory to deploy or operate the network.
The FirstNet network is the only wireless, broadband network specially designed through consultation and feedback from public safety to ensure it meets their current and future technology needs. States have received their updated state plans.
Oregon is a living and growing example of how important communication services are to today's families and businesses. From high tech companies in the Portland area, to agribusiness operations in eastern Oregon to fisheries along the beautiful Oregon coast, AT&T's wireless voice and data services are changing the way we al live, work and play.
With future network investments, those services will be faster, better and more reliable, driving tomorrow's innovations and providing a catalyst for economic development and future investment in Oregon's economy.
And it is important that those investments be sustainable – not just financially, but environmentally. AT&T continues to meet its sustainability goals by reducing electricity consumption relative to data growth on our network and by prioritizing suppliers that track greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, our company-owned retail stores have instituted battery and device recycling programs that reduce electronic waste in landfills.
But we are also proud of the role our devices and wireless voice and mobile Internet services play in reducing the carbon footprint of others. We no longer have to commute to the office to send off that memo, or drive to the store to make that purchase — we can increasingly accomplish tasks wirelessly from wherever we happen to be.
On behalf of all the AT&T Oregon employees, thank you for visiting our site, and we look forward to providing you with the high-quality customer service that is our heritage.