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October 16, 2018

AT&T invests more than $250 Million over 3-year period to boost local networks in Oregon

Posted by George Granger

Oregon

At AT&T, we’ve invested more than $250 Million in our Oregon 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 1,200 wireless network coverage, capacity and speed upgrades in Oregon. We added new cell sites, expanded our LTE footprint, and completed multiple new in-building and outdoor distributed antenna systems. In addition, we deployed mobile network sites to support the wildfire disaster recovery efforts as they occurred in Days Creek, OR.

"Our customers expect to have access at any moment, from almost any device — almost anywhere,” said George Granger, President, AT&T Oregon. “And we’re investing heavily to deliver faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity in order to meet —and exceed — those expectations for Oregon residents.”

“Sustained investment by the private sector is crucial for Oregon to continue to thrive and attract new jobs and innovation,” said Ginny Lang, interim president and CEO of Oregon Business and Industry. “Industry leaders, such as AT&T, make growth possible by continuing to build state-of-the-art infrastructure in our state, and by ensuring our residents have the tools to stay connected and entertained.”

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 Oregon 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 used 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 have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.2 And AT&T is the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services, creating an unparalleled ability to serve businesses of all sizes.

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

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

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 16, 2018

Continuing to Connect and Innovate

Posted by George Granger

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.

Locally, we’re excited to highlight AT&T’s involvement with Smart City PDX, Portland’s effort to use data and technology to improve the lives of people in our city. AT&T is also thrilled to support the Technology Association of Oregon’s first “Hack for a Cause” event at Portland State University this fall. We can’t wait to see our vibrant tech community and passionate non-profit leaders come together to solve community challenges.

But that’s not all that 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’re proud to have provided Aspire grants to three local companies — ChickTech, College Possible and the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police.

We’ve also launched groundbreaking FirstNet technology available to local first responders and announced AT&T has invested more than $250 million over the past 3 years to enhance local networks.

So far, 2018 has been an exciting year at AT&T. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish in the months to come.

Thanks for reading,

George Granger
President — AT&T Oregon

AT&T continues smart cities pilot with Traffic Safety Sensor Project in Portland

Portland

This summer AT&T joined Mayor Ted Wheeler, officials from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and representatives from Current by GE, Intel, and Portland General Electric to celebrate the Traffic Sensor Safety Project, the first major milestone for Smart City PDX, the City of Portland’s effort to use data and technology to improve people’s lives.

The City of Portland installed 200 sensors, on SE Division, 122nd and SE Hawthorne, three of Portland’s deadliest streets. The sensors will provide around-the-clock counts of vehicles and pedestrians as well as information about vehicle speeds. The data will be used to help city traffic engineers improve street safety design.

“Portland is leading the country in this important data effort,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “We are at the forefront of using advanced technology to make our cities safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, helping people more easily get around, save time and reduce the possibility of crashes. This pilot is a significant step in acquiring and utilizing data to make critical decisions.”

The safety project is part of Smart City PDX, the City of Portland’s urban data and technology strategy. A finalist in the 2016 Smart City Challenge sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation, Portland has continued to expand its overall effort to use data and technology to increase safety, reduce inequities and improve the quality of life for Portlanders.

“As a leader in IoT and Smart Cities, we know the transformational benefit that technology can have on cities,” said Michael Zeto, VP of AT&T IoT and General Manager of Smart Cities. “Portland is at the forefront of unlocking these possibilities and we expect our AT&T Digital Infrastructure to have a strong impact on improving safety and efficiency in the community.”

The sensor project, which installed new mast arms and the sensors on street light poles on the three corridors, cost $1,012,000. It was funded with general transportation revenue, system development charges and contributions by the project’s private sector collaborators.

The data gathered from the sensors will be collected in the Portland Urban Data Lake (PUDL). The goal of PUDL is to provide a foundation for data-driven decision making, helping the City of Portland to harness the power of data to improve City services.

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October 14, 2018

AT&T completes acquisition of Time Warner Inc.

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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:

ArrowPremium 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.

ArrowDirect 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.

ArrowHigh-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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October 13, 2018

Introducing the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator class

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Aspire

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 12, 2018

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

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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.

FirstNet 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 11, 2018

Portland tech community invited to “Hack for a Cause” to solve city challenges

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AT&T, First Tech Federal Credit Union and the Technology Association of Oregon are pleased to announce the first Hack for a Cause event on October 19th – 20th at Portland State University. The event is a platform for the local tech community and non-profit leaders to offer their expertise to solve challenges in our community. Participants of various skills and backgrounds are invited to register, join a team, and compete to offer solutions for prizes. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

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December 11, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by George Granger

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!

Best,

George Granger
President — AT&T Oregon


FirstNet momentum: 35 states and territories transform first responder communications with FirstNet

FirstNet

35 statesMore 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.

For more information on a governor’s decision to opt in, go to firstnet.gov/the-governors-decision-media-kit. Opt-in updates can be tracked here: firstnet.gov. For information on subscribing to FirstNet, please go to FirstNet.com.

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December 10, 2017

U.S. Army Chooses AT&T for Modernized Global Communications

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Army

With nearly 1 million users globally, the U.S. Army has chosen AT&T for its latest contract to unify and modernize their communications capabilities.

We’re providing the Army with a new way to think about connectivity. Our services will make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally. These services include voice, video, chat, instant messaging, presence and screen sharing. Army mechanics overseas can share screens with experts at a home station to speed repairs. Commanders and their staffs can use live video links to collaborate across different locations or direct troop operations abroad.

Army personnel in the U.S. and abroad will have access to these services on demand from their desktops, laptops and approved mobile devices. The Army will not need to buy new equipment. The services are cloud-based, and we will manage them. We are also delivering them in classified and highly secure unclassified formats.

“We’re honored to deliver capabilities that complement our vision of a ‘Network of the Future’ for the Army,” said Kay Kapoor, president, AT&T Global Public Sector. “These services will help the heroes who defend our nation to connect, share and keep us safe.”

The U.S. Army’s modernization efforts align with Department of Defense strategies to maintain the military’s technological advantage through the use of commercial cloud services.

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December 09, 2017

Don't Be One of the 5%

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cyberaware

Five percent of consumers in the U.S. text their passwords to their accounts (not a good idea) … 5% of consumers use consecutive letters or numbers for their passwords (you might as well text those passwords to the bad guys in the first place) … 5% of consumers provide their personal or financial info to an email sender without verifying who they are.

The good news is that most Americans know that these are things we should not be doing online if we want to protect ourselves. The challenge is that the crooks are getting smarter, making it harder for consumers to know what to do to protect themselves online. That’s why AT&T just launched att.com/CyberAware.

Bookmark — and regularly visit — this site to learn about the latest tips for protecting yourself and your family, and stay up to date on the latest threats. From ID theft, to malware to robocalls and other concerns, we’ve put the resources all in one place.

*FleishmanHillard survey, on behalf of AT&T, of 1,020 American consumers age 18 and older online between Sept. 28 and Oct. 1, 2017

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December 08, 2017

Employee Uncovers Grandpa’s Secret World War II AT&T Project that Changed the World

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HistoryBrian Rexroad, vice president of Security Platforms in Bedminster, New Jersey, always knew that his grandfather Carl Rumpel had worked for AT&T. But when you’re a kid, you don’t think to ask what “Gramp” did from day to day. Recently, when going through one of his grandfather’s old journals, Brian made an amazing discovery: his grandfather fought Nazis, by helping to create a voice encryption system called SIGSALY.

“It’s one of the first — if not the first — voice encryption systems that was used by [Winston] Churchill and [Franklin D.] Roosevelt to communicate during a World War II effort,” Rexroad said.

Yes, the man Brian called “Gramp” was instrumental in creating technology that was used to defeat Nazi Germany. With stations set up in Washington, D.C., London and Northern Africa, SIGSALY allowed phone conversations without any unwanted listening in.

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November 03, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by AT&T Oregon

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.

Veterans day

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,

George Granger
President — AT&T Oregon

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October 27, 2017

Finding answers to Oregon's hardest questions

Posted by George Granger

It’s hard to believe that there is less than 3 months left in 2017. We have accomplished so much but, as always, there is more work to be done. That’s because at AT&T we find answers to the hard questions Oregonians and the rest of our country face. From a modernized first responder network, to diversity in businesses, and STEM education, you, and the rest of the AT&T family, make this possible. As I am sure you already know, many members in our family have weathered one of the 4 unprecedented natural disasters that occurred just weeks apart. I want you to know that we as a company have their backs, just like they have ours. The road to recover will be long, and we will be with them every step of the way.

Thanks for reading,

George Granger
President — AT&T Oregon


Rescue. Reconnect. Rebuild.

relief

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 operating 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 26, 2017

FirstNet momentum: 27 states and territories transform first responder communications with FirstNet

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FirstNet

StatesNearly 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 Oct. 27, 27 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.

For more information on a governor’s decision to opt in, go to firstnet.gov/the-governors-decision-media-kit. Opt-in updates can be tracked here: firstnet.gov. For information on subscribing to FirstNet, please go to FirstNet.com.

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October 25, 2017

From the front lines to the C-suite: Diversity at AT&T

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ExecsAt AT&T, our strength doesn’t just lie in our leading products and services. It’s in the diversity of the people who make, sell and fix them.

Diversity touches every level of our organization. You can see it from the front lines all the way to the C-suite.

Recently, African American lifestyle magazine, PIVOT, recognized AT&T as part of its inaugural list of Top Companies for African Americans. We were acknowledged for our commitment to inclusion, building a diverse workforce and more.

The issue also features a 10-page spread that highlights 10 AT&T leaders and features them on the magazine’s cover.

The leaders discussed their contribution to our company’s success and the impact diversity has on our overall business. You can learn more about each leader through personal accounts from their mentees and team members.

This edition of PIVOT magazine is in stores now. Or, visit mypivotmagazine.com to read the spread online.

For more information on AT&T’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit about.att.com/sites/diversity.

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October 24, 2017

AT&T promotes positivity and kindness in online conversations

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Later haters

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AT&T is empowering teens to rise above online negativity through the #LaterHaters campaign. Because, let’s face it, between perfect 'grams and snaps,' it’s easy to forget the power we hold in the palm of our hands. 


“We hope teens will not only say ‘later haters’ to online hate, but also flip the conversation to one that’s positive,” said Beth Shiroishi, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, AT&T.

Parents can encourage their children to check out the program and follow the hashtag #LaterHaters on Instagram. We’ve also developed a Parent Guide that offers context and tips for talking with our youth about online behavior, specifically how to help kids protect their reputation and look out for online abuse.

Let’s come together to make a change. Let’s start a conversation that becomes a movement.

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October 23, 2017

Roadtrip Nation presents: A Balanced Equation

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Balanced equationWomen make up 48% of the workforce, but only 23% of women hold jobs in STEM. A new documentary series titled “A Balanced Equation” seeks to challenge this inequality by highlighting stories of women leaving their unique marks on the STEM fields. 


A Balanced Equation — the 14th season of “Roadtrip Nation”— follows 3 young women on a cross-country journey as they meet and interview women who have built fulfilling careers in science, technology, engineering and math. With support from AT&T through its Aspire initiative, we hope this series will inspire young women to pursue their own career path in one of these fields and help close the gap between men and women in the STEM workforce.

To watch “A Balanced Equation” or to find local broadcast airtimes, visit: http://roadtripnation.com/roadtrip/women-in-stem.

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September 08, 2017

Education & Eclipses

Posted by George Granger

Dear Colleague,

The most anticipated event of the summer was, without a doubt, the recent solar eclipse. I hope everyone had an incredible time viewing this once-in-a-lifetime phenomena in Oregon. At AT&T we made it a priority to do our part, so that customers who trekked to eclipse viewing hotspots — like Madras and Mitchell, Oregon — could snap, stream and share photos and videos of their experience.

As we say goodbye to summer and prepare for a new school year, I want to wish all of our youth, from kindergarteners to seniors in college, the best of luck with their studies. This time of the year is exciting and usually synonymous with words like “change” and “transformation.” At AT&T, that feeling of innovation never goes away because we are always planning for the future in Oregon.

Whether it’s preparing for the eclipse or to head back to school, AT&T is finding innovative solutions to help us all become smarter and more connected. That’s why I am excited to share the stories below with you today.

Thanks for reading,

George Granger
President — AT&T Oregon


 COWs

On Aug. 21, thousands converged along the path of totality in Central Oregon to enjoy the first total solar eclipse visible in the state since 1979. To help customers share this astronomical moment with their friends and family, AT&T trucked in some very special COWs. But not the kind you would normally think of in the vast cattle lands of Central Oregon.

We set up two mobile cell sites — or Cell On Wheels (COWs) — to get ready for the large number of smartphone users in and around Mitchell and Madras. The COWs boosted internet connectivity and kept data hungry crowds connected. And boy did Central Oregon need it! On eclipse day, our network in Madras experienced a 243% increase in traffic* compared to an average day. The improved coverage from the COWs gave customers faster and more reliable connections to share their eclipse experience, eclipse glasses selfies and all, on social networks.

We were thrilled to offer great coverage and fast speeds for our customers to share and enjoy the moment.

For more information about AT&T’s eclipse network enhancements, visit http://about.att.com/innovationblog/solar_eclipse.

September 07, 2017

WATCH: Helping the blind ‘see’ the solar eclipse

Posted by AT&T Oregon Team


IN eclipse glasses
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.

September 06, 2017

Start the School Year Strong with the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge!

Posted by AT&T Oregon


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As students swap out their beach bags for backpacks, it can be a tough transition back to the classroom after summer break. Some studies show that a full month of learning may be lost during this short period away from school.

Share Learnstorm with your student's teacher!

To help students get back in the groove of school, AT&T is teaming up with Khan Academy to help ensure that teachers and students have the tools needed to start the school year strong. Khan Academy’s LearnStorm is a free, 6-week online challenge from Sept. 12 to Oct. 20 that will help students build the skills and mindsets they’ll need for a successful year of learning.

LearnStorm is open to all learners in grades 3 through 12, with an enhanced experience for educators in accredited U.S. schools or homeschools who sign up their classes. Teachers or parents assign videos, exercises and educational articles to students. Students then complete the assignments on their computers or mobile devices to earn prizes individually, for their class and for their school!

Share LearnStorm with your student's teacher to get their classroom signed up today! You can also sign your child up for Khan Academy and have them complete the LearnStorm challenge on their own, starting Sept. 12.

September 04, 2017

More competitive tax rates will fuel investment, encourage hiring and increase wages

Posted by AT&T Oregon Team

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We know that when more people are working, they have more money to spend. And, when investment increases, so does economic activity and hiring.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make the United States more competitive globally and to unlock domestic investment and job creation by businesses of all sizes.

Fixing our broken tax code — which just about everyone agrees is too complex and confusing — is essential to jump-starting private sector investment and accelerating economic growth.

At AT&T, we are confident that these reforms will encourage all businesses to step up their capital investment plans. Indeed, significant and comprehensive tax reform will put AT&T in a position to invest more, such as in efforts to expand our broadband fiber and wireless build-out.

Find out more about meaningful tax reform.

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