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December 17, 2018

Inspiring Minds Gets $10,000 Boost from AT&T

Posted by AT&T Pennsylvania Team

Support helps students prepare for college, careers

Philadelphia (December 15, 2018) — During its first-ever “Bridging The Gap” Diversity Conference for students from around Philadelphia, Inspiring Minds announced a $10,000 contribution from AT&T. 

The announcement was made at the Mastery Pickett School by Inspiring Minds’ Greater Philadelphia Director Andrea Garner and AT&T Assistant Vice President Joseph Divis.

Since 2006, thousands of at-risk youth have been inspired by educational, personal, physical and professional opportunities through Inspiring Minds.  The Philadelphia chapter was founded this year to provide services to under-represented youth in grades K–12.

Support from AT&T will help enable Philadelphia high school students to participate in college campus and vocational school tours, ACT/SAT preparation activities and mentoring relationships.

The Inspiring Minds’ After-School Program is offered at a time when many students would otherwise be home alone while parents are at work.  Students can work in a happy, safe and structured environment that includes personalized tutoring, workshops, and the encouragement they need to become the next generation of leaders.

“AT&T’s support will help us continue to engage, inspire and empower youth to reach their full potential through education and exposure to life-changing experiences,” Garner said.

“We are delighted to welcome Inspiring Minds to the Philadelphia area and support the important work the organization is doing in its five areas of impact: Education; College and Career Readiness; Exposure to New Experiences; Health and Wellness; and Personal Development,” Divis said.

The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

For more information on Inspiring Minds Greater Philadelphia visit http://imyouth.org/inspiring-minds-philadelphia/.


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December 14, 2018

Marc Blakeman is AT&T’s New Mid-Atlantic President

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Marc Blakeman is the new president of AT&T’s Mid-Atlantic region.

In this role, Blakeman is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction for AT&T's legislative, regulatory, public policy and philanthropic initiatives in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.  He replaces J. Michael Schweder who retired in November 2018 after 35 years with the company.

Blakeman will report to Marissa Shorenstein, who was recently appointed president of AT&T’s newly created Northern Region. Marissa will continue to oversee the company’s external affairs for all states from Maine to Virginia, including Washington, DC — adding new responsibility for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

“Marc’s prior leadership experience in Illinois and California — combined with his deep commitment to the communities where he has lived and worked — have prepared him well for his new role in an important geography for our company.  I am pleased to have him join the team in the Northern Region and look forward to his leadership in the Mid-Atlantic states as we welcome a new era of innovation and technology to deliver the best service for our customers,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President – AT&T Northern Region.  

From December 2014 until his appointment, Blakeman was Vice President – External Affairs for AT&T California where he unified planning and strategic leadership across the five External Affairs regions in California to ensure a statewide approach to how AT&T manages relationships with external clients and stakeholders, including elected officials and community and civic leaders.

His previous roles at AT&T include serving as regional vice president of External Affairs for AT&T California’s San Francisco/Silicon Valley/Central Coast region. He joined AT&T’s predecessor, Ameritech, in 1997 after serving as Director of Chicago Operations for the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. 

“From the Appalachians to the Atlantic — and from Norfolk, VA, to Newark, NJ — the Mid-Atlantic is a diverse region where AT&T’s roots run deep.  For more than a century, we’ve worked with government, business and civic leaders and organizations across the region to connect their communities to each other and their world. We have a lot to accomplish in a fast-changing world, and I look forward to building on our legacy of innovation and collaboration for years to come,” Blakeman said.

While in San Francisco, Marc served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations including GenesysWorks Bay Area, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, Equality California (EQCA), and San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (SF CITI). 

A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, Marc also received his certification in corporate community relations from the John Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.  A native of downstate Illinois, Marc now resides in Washington, DC.


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We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the best network according to America’s biggest test.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

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December 04, 2018

AT&T to Sponsor PSL’s 2019 Accelerator Cohort, Doubling its Size

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Philly Startup Leaders’ Accelerator program will double the number of participants in 2019 thanks to sponsorship provided by AT&T.

Joseph Divis, assistant vice president for AT&T External Affairs, will join Kiera Smalls, PSL executive director, to announce the 12 new startups joining the 2019 PSL Accelerator cohort during the organization’s annual Founder Factory event on December 6, a full-day event bringing together local and national entrepreneurs, startup employees, government officials, academia and other key stakeholders in the startup ecosystem.

The announcement of AT&T’s sponsorship and the new cohort participants will help close out the day, at approximately 4:45 pm, at Fringe Arts & La Peg, 140 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia.

Philly Startup Leaders’ mission is to help current and future founders succeed in Philadelphia and beyond.  The PSL Accelerator is an eight-week, fast-track program that equips full-time founders in Philadelphia with the knowledge and tools needed to grow their businesses, including a mentor to guide them during the program and beyond.  The program concludes with PSL Pitches, a celebratory event that gives each startup the opportunity to tell their story, pitch their business, and share what’s next for building their company in Philly.

"Partnering with AT&T allows us to reinforce this cycle of success and elevate the Philly startup community.  Thanks to AT&T, we are doubling the amount of startups participating in the PSL Accelerator program for 2019." —Kiera Smalls, PSL executive director

"Philly Startup Leaders is in a unique position, representing the largest network of emerging entrepreneurs in the city, while engaging experienced founders looking to give back.  Partnering with AT&T allows us to reinforce this cycle of success and elevate the Philly startup community.  Thanks to AT&T, we are doubling the amount of startups participating in the PSL Accelerator program for 2019.  We look forward to connecting these founders to the resources they need, and in turn increasing their chances for success,” said Smalls.

Divis said, “This is an exciting opportunity for AT&T, to invest in the work of PSL in its Accelerator program and to support the passionate founders in Philadelphia who will be grinding next year to take their promising startups to the next level.  We are proud to help strengthen the city’s startup ecosystem and shine a spotlight on the compelling platforms technologies and ideas that will mark the 2019 PSL Accelerator.”

Be sure to check back on December 6 to see the new cohort!


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October 17, 2018

AT&T Brings Faster Network to Tioga County Customers

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4G LTE Expansion Will Give Customers Better Access to Mobile Internet

AT&T*  added two new cell towers to its 4G LTE network in Tioga County to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

Our new Duncan cell site serves the Route 287 corridor south of Wellsboro, as well as areas of Antrim, Brownlee, Broughton Hollow, Coolidge Hollow and Knapp in the Duncan and Delmar Township areas of Tioga County.   Our new Tioga cell site serves Tioga, as well as the Route 15 corridor south of Tioga through the Tioga Reservoir.

Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. With 4G LTE service, customers will experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends.

“These new sites also will keep the area’s first responders better connected and will help with local economic development.  We’re always working to provide better coverage. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.” —J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic States

“We want our customers to have a great experience. They’ll be able to download, upload, stream and play games faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network— which is the nation’s largest and most reliable**,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic States. “These new sites also will keep the area’s first responders better connected and will help with local economic development.  We’re always working to provide better coverage. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”

“Whether you’re starting or growing a business or planning a trip to Tioga County to check out the fall foliage, mobile broadband coverage is very important.  We’re excited that AT&T is investing in Tioga County to keep our residents, first responders and visitors connected,” said State Rep. Clint Owlett.

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 and capacity of our network using the latest technology.


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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 nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.* We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.
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October 04, 2018

AT&T Launches 5G Evolution in Erie & Johnstown

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This Lays the Foundation for Future Mobile 5G Wireless Connectivity Locally

AT&T* is proud to make the best network according to America’s biggest test1 even better by announcing the launch of 5G Evolution network technologies in Erie and Johnstown today. This is one of the 239 markets where this technology is live. We plan to offer 5G Evolution in over 400 markets by the end of the year. In the first half of 2019 we plan to offer nationwide coverage, making 5G Evolution available to over 200 million people.

5G Evolution markets are locations where we’ve deployed technologies that enable a peak theoretical speed for capable devices of at least 400 megabits per second.2 With 5G Evolution technologies, AT&T is laying the foundation for our path to mobile 5G. With 5G Evolution, residents and businesses of Johnstown will experience the next generation of mobile connectivity.

Check out this blog from Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of device and network experiences, to learn where 5G Evolution technologies are available, a list of capable devices and more about how these technologies continue to lay the foundation for mobile 5G.

“Our 5G Evolution technology boosts the existing LTE network and primes it for the future of connectivity,” said David Kerr, regional vice president for AT&T in Pennsylvania, who this week attended the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) conference in Erie where he discussed AT&T’s network investments in the Commonwealth, along with policy priorities that lay the foundation for future technologies.  

Jim Penna, regional director for AT&T External Affairs in Western Pennsylvania added: “We’re pleased to bring these advances into more of our local communities today.”

And, as mobile data usage continues to rise – an increase of more than 360,000% on our network in the past 7 years – our investment in 5G Evolution is crucial to deliver standards-based mobile 5G networks starting in 2018. We plan to introduce standards-based mobile 5G in 12 cities this year, reaching a total of at least 19 cities in early 2019.

We’ve invested more than $725 million in our Pennsylvania wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments bring the latest in connectivity to people across the state and boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. We’ve also improved critical services that support public safety and first responders.


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1 Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd source studies.

2 Actual speeds are lower and will vary.  See http://about.att.com/sites/broadband/performance for more information on wireless speeds.

*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 nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** 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.

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

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This news release may contain certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations between the non-GAAP financial measures and the GAAP financial measures are available on the company’s website at https://investors.att.com.

August 21, 2018

AT&T Invests More Than $725 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Pennsylvania

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At AT&T1, we invested more than $725 million in our Pennsylvania 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.

"Pennsylvania is a global hub for technology and innovation. To maintain our competitiveness regionally, nationally and globally, we need sound public policies and sustained private sector investment," said, J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic. "We're continually building and enhancing our infrastructure in the Commonwealth to help support economic growth and development and connect Pennsylvanians to the tools to stay connected and entertained."

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 Pennsylvania 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.

To learn more about our coverage in Pennsylvania 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.

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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.

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.

August 01, 2018

AT&T’s 2018 It Can Wait Virtual Reality Experience to Stop in Upper Darby Twp. August 7

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AT&T’s 2018 It Can Wait tour has been traveling across the country using virtual reality (VR) technology to illustrate what can happen when people use their smartphone while driving.1 

The next stop in Pennsylvania will be on August 7, 2018. at Upper Darby High School for Upper Darby Township’s National Night Out hosted by Mayor Thomas N Micozzie.  During the event, attendees will be able to come face-to-face with the very real dangers of distracted driving. The experience also features a memorial wall, a wall of keys representing lives lost, and a wall made to look like crushed car parts. 

The unique VR experience will be set up from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the high school parking lot, 601 N Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill.

“This event brings together residents, businesses, police and other organizations to promote community partnerships that help keep our neighborhoods safe. We’re participating this year to remind drivers of all ages in Upper Darby to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones,” said Joe Divis, assistant vice president, AT&T External Affairs.

This is the latest stop on a 200-city nationwide tour. Earlier this year, the tour stopped at the Pennsylvania Fire Expo in Harrisburg, the Big Butler Fair in Butler County, and an AT&T retail store in Whitehall.

As part of the campaign, AT&T in April launched new ads to reach more people with this important message: No distraction is worth a future.

Sadly, texting while driving claimed the lives of 2 teenage boys featured in our spots that shine a light on the faces of distracted driving.

If Caleb Sorohan and Forrest Cepeda were alive today, they might be pursuing their dream jobs or teaching their kids to play sports. Maybe they’d still be figuring life out. But we’ll never know — smartphone distracted driving cut their lives short. 

Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris captured Caleb’s and Forrest’s heartbreaking stories through in-depth interviews with their families. In these short film productions, you’ll hear their siblings tell how special their lives were. You’ll see their mothers’ pain as they remember their loss. And through the collaboration of forensic artists and a visual effects team, you’ll even get a glimpse at what they would’ve looked like today.

It’s hard to watch, but it’s real. We hope it brings even more attention to this problem so other families don’t have to experience this tragedy.

You can see the new 30-second spots and full-length films here: Caleb: 30-second and full-length; Forrest: 30-second and full-length.

Since its launch in 2010, the It Can Wait campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly all of those surveyed.1
  • Inspired more than 25 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving.
  • Raised awareness of the free AT&T DriveMode app that has reached more than 20 million downloads.

To learn more, go to ItCanWait.com.

1 Online survey with 7,505 respondents (total distracted drivers n=6,438) conducted by Kantar Added Value. Ongoing survey, data represented here were collected January 2017- December 2017. National panel sample (ages 15-54, drive, and have a smartphone).

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July 30, 2018

All Star Code Expands in Pittsburgh with Support from AT&T

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Students boost skills in classroom programs, visit AT&T SportsNet

Nearly 30 young men of color from across the Pittsburgh area are learning new tech skills at two programs organized by All Star Code (ASC).    The students are spending six weeks in classrooms at Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, learning skills that will position them for acceptance to college and ultimately for careers in the tech industry.

Support from AT&T helped ASC launch in Pittsburgh last year. AT&T contributed more than $100,000 this this year, enabling ASC to double the number of students served in the Pittsburgh area.

In addition to classroom training and other hands-on experiences, the students visit businesses in the area to learn more about the STEM and other skills that are necessary in today’s workplace. As part of this year’s program, on August 1, students will visit the AT&T SportsNet studio on the North Shore, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the studio and hearing from AT&T employees about their career journeys.

The students attend the following area high schools: City High Charter School, Propel Montour High School, Serra Catholic High School, Gateway High School, Steel Valley Senior High School, Nazareth College and Career Prep, Sto-Rox High School, Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Taylor Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh Online Academy, The Kiski School, Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy, Pittsburgh Milliones, University of Preparatory School, Plum High School and West Mifflin High School.

“We support programs that prepare people for careers in technology, media and telecommunications and help increase the number of students graduating from high school,” said Shawn McClintock, general manager, AT&T SportsNet in Pittsburgh.  “We’re glad we could help ASC launch and expand in Pittsburgh, giving more area students a chance to learn new skills, and build personal and professional networks that will help them throughout their lives.”


AT&T’s support is part ofAT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative to drive student success in school and beyond.

“AT&T’s commitment and support of All Star Code is generating incredible impact. As we reach the midpoint of our Summer Intensive, our students are diving into front end web development, building their personal brand, and celebrating failure as a cohesive unit,” said Danny Rojas, VP of Programs, ASC.

All Star Code is a non-profit initiative that prepares qualified young men of color for full-time employment in the technology industry by providing mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science. All Star Code is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap between young men of color and the tech industry.

The All Star Code Summer Intensive has a proven record of success. According to an independent research firm, 70 percent of graduates of the program plan to major in computer science and three quarters say they decided to work harder in school after experiencing All Star Code. Research also shows that 100 percent of college-age alumni will attend four-year colleges – two-thirds of which will be Top 50 Universities in the United States – and roughly 40 percent will receive full scholarships to their school of choice.

Visit AllStarCode.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter at @AllStarCode.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. We have a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. Our AT&T Aspire initiative uses innovation in education to drive student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

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July 30, 2018

Lehigh Valley High School Students Strengthening STEM Skills this Summer

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Lehigh Valley High School Students Strengthening STEM Skills this Summer

July 24 Trip to AT&T’s Global Network Operations Center among activities

One hundred juniors and seniors from high schools in the Lehigh Valley and beyond are spending part of their summer vacation boosting their science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, skills at the Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute (SEI).

As part of the program, on July 24, students will visit AT&T’s Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) in Bedminster, NJ, to learn more about the global company and the importance of strong STEM skills. The GNOC is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated network operations centers. From here, AT&T monitors and proactively manages global video, data and voice traffic network activity, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

State Representative Ryan Mackenzie will join the students on the trip.

Following the GNOC tour, students will hear from AT&T employees in STEM careers.

SEI is a cooperative living and learning environment; the 50 participants in each of SEI’s two, two-week sessions are encouraged to work in teams to solve complex problems in the classroom and in the laboratory, making use of sophisticated technology and facilities available at Lehigh University.

The program began in 2014 as the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Technology, at the time relying on State funding, as well as corporate support from AT&T and others. When Governor’s School funding was removed from the State’s budget in 2016, AT&T led the external supporters continuing to provide for the program.  AT&T contributed $20,000 to support SEI this year.

2017 was a year of retooling, during which SEI engaged the leadership of Lehigh’s College of Education to re-focus itself as an opportunity to connect high-performing students from underrepresented groups with the challenge and thrill of STEM in a cooperative, team-based environment. 

Dr. Stephen P. DeWeerth, Professor and Dean, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh, said that the program now empowers educators across the region to select students that would truly make the most of the opportunity. Districts that participate in Lehigh University’s School Study Council (LUSSC)—a consortium of approximately 40 districts across the Lehigh Valley region and beyond—identified a number of students for each SEI session based upon each district’s reported student population.

According to DeWeerth, districts were asked to find students for SEI who are academically capable and personally responsible enough to handle a two-week stay on a college campus. Those students may come from a background considered ‘underrepresented’ in STEM fields, or be among the first generation in their family to consider collegiate studies. But most of all, DeWeerth said, the right students for SEI willingly and enthusiastically engage in labs, classrooms, and field trips, learning alongside a dedicated staff of college-aged mentors as well as participating faculty members.

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July 29, 2018

AT&T Fills in Rural Coverage Gaps With Its FirstNet Build, New Cell Site Planned for Bedford County

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AT&T Fills in Rural Coverage Gaps With Its FirstNet Build, New Cell Site Planned for Bedford County

Site Will Bring Voice and Mobile Broadband Service for First Responders, Area Residents

HYNDMAN, Pa., July 20, 2018 – AT&T* plans to build a new cell site in Bedford County as part of its FirstNet build. This new site will better serve first responders in Hyndman, Pa., and the surrounding area. 

FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s 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.

“After experiencing two major emergencies last year, the residents and first responders of Bedford County know better than anyone the need for reliable communications services in a crisis. Bringing a cell site to this area is exactly what the community and public officials have asked for, and I’m pleased that the FirstNet Authority and AT&T are upholding their promise to fill in rural coverage gaps and give first responders the network resources they need to effectively and efficiently address emergency situations,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

“As many of us learned firsthand during the train derailment in Hyndman last year, the ability for first responders to share information as events unfold during an emergency is vital,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I’m pleased that we are able to announce the first new cell site in Pennsylvania as a part of the public-private partnership between the FirstNet Authority and AT&T. This new coverage will provide much-needed access to Pennsylvania’s first responders when called upon to handle emergency situations.”

This is the first new site to be publicly announced in Pennsylvania since Governor Wolf opted in to FirstNet late last year. The new site will be built in Londonderry Township, and it will serve the surrounding communities. AT&T has applied for the building permit with the township, which is an initial step in the application and approval process for any new cell site.  The new site is expected to be operational in 2019.

“Working with the FirstNet Authority and AT&T on behalf of Pennsylvania’s first responder community demonstrated to me their level of commitment to public safety,” said Pennsylvania State Police Major Diane M. Stackhouse, Governor Wolf’s appointed FirstNet single point of contact for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. “My team was tasked to ensure mobile broadband coverage was available to first responders in rural Pennsylvania where there is a clear and demonstrated need. AT&T swiftly acted on our recommendations to add the necessary infrastructure to meet the Governor’s goal.”

The FirstNet Authority and AT&T designed Pennsylvania's network solution with direct input from the state's public safety community. This included coverage for Bedford County among other rural areas across the state. The FirstNet Authority has met with Pennsylvania's officials and public safety personnel for several years to address their unique communication needs.

“FirstNet is a dedicated broadband network for public safety, by public safety,” said FirstNet Authority CEO Mike Poth. “We worked hand-in-hand with Pennsylvania’s public safety community to understand their needs for the network. And this planned cell site is a prime example of how that input and feedback is becoming reality. We look forward to supporting Bedford County’s first responders’ use of FirstNet to help them save lives and protect communities.”

The site will be constructed with AT&T’s entire spectrum portfolio, including the FirstNet Band 14 spectrum. Band 14 is public safety’s spectrum available to FirstNet subscribers. When there is surplus capacity available, that additional capacity can be used to improve service for all AT&T wireless customers in the area. 

“Pennsylvania’s first responders deserve reliable coverage across the state. And with FirstNet, that’s exactly what they’ll get,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic. “This is an exciting start to the additional coverage and capacity we’ll be bringing to our state’s public safety community. And we look forward to giving Hyndman-area first responders and residents greater access to the connectivity they need.”

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

About the First Responder Network Authority

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July 27, 2018

AT&T’s It Can Wait Virtual Reality Experience Coming to the Lehigh Valley on August 1

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AT&T’s 2018 It Can Wait tour has been traveling across the country using virtual reality (VR) technology to illustrate what can happen when people use their smartphone while driving.1 

The next stop in Pennsylvania will be on August 1, 2018 at AT&T’s store in Whitehall, PA. Visitors will be able to come face-to-face with the very real dangers of distracted driving. The experience also features a memorial wall, a wall of keys representing lives lost, and a wall made to look like crushed car parts.  

The experience will be set up August 1, 2018, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the store, which is located at 1906 Macarthur Road in Whitehall.

“Hundreds of people die, and thousands of crashes occur every year from smartphone use while driving, which is why this campaign is so important in Pennsylvania and across the nation,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. “We want drivers of all ages in the Lehigh Valley to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones, and this stop on our tour is a way to drive home that life-saving message.”

This is the latest stop on a 200-city nationwide tour. Earlier this year, the tour stopped at the Pennsylvania Fire Expo in Harrisburg and at the Big Butler Fair in Butler County.

As part of the campaign, AT&T in April launched new ads to reach more people with this important message: No distraction is worth a future.

Sadly, texting while driving claimed the lives of 2 teenage boys featured in our spots that shine a light on the faces of distracted driving.

If Caleb Sorohan and Forrest Cepeda were alive today, they might be pursuing their dream jobs or teaching their kids to play sports. Maybe they’d still be figuring life out. But we’ll never know — smartphone distracted driving cut their lives short. 

Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris captured Caleb’s and Forrest’s heartbreaking stories through in-depth interviews with their families. In these short film productions, you’ll hear their siblings tell how special their lives were. You’ll see their mothers’ pain as they remember their loss. And through the collaboration of forensic artists and a visual effects team, you’ll even get a glimpse at what they would’ve looked like today.

It’s hard to watch, but it’s real. We hope it brings even more attention to this problem so other families don’t have to experience this tragedy.

You can see the new 30-second spots and full-length films here: Caleb: 30-second and full-length; Forrest: 30-second and full-length.

Since its launch in 2010, the It Can Wait campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly all of those surveyed.1
  • Inspired more than 25 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving.
  • Raised awareness of the free AT&T DriveMode app that has reached more than 20 million downloads.

To learn more, go to ItCanWait.com.

1 Online survey with 7,505 respondents (total distracted drivers n=6,438) conducted by Kantar Added Value. Ongoing survey, data represented here were collected January 2017- December 2017. National panel sample (ages 15-54, drive, and have a smartphone).

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June 28, 2018

Big Butler Fair is Next Stop on AT&T’s 2018 It Can Wait Tour

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Virtual reality experience shows dangers of smartphone distractions while driving 

Research shows that nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving.1 People are doing much more than texting while behind the wheel.  

To illustrate this for drivers of all ages, AT&T will set up a unique virtual reality experience at the Big Butler Fair, enabling Pennsylvanians to come face-to-face with the very real dangers of distracted driving. The experience also features a memorial wall, a wall of keys representing lives lost, and a wall made to look like crushed car parts. 

Fair attendees will be able to check out the experience from June 29 through July 2, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

“Hundreds of people die, and thousands of crashes occur every year from smartphone use while driving, which is why this campaign is so important in Pennsylvania and across the nation,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. “We want to work with communities to help raise awareness and save lives.” 

This is the latest stop on a 200-city nationwide tour.  Earlier this year, the tour stopped in Harrisburg. Events are planned for East Stroudsburg, Allentown and Lancaster later this summer.

As part of the campaign, AT&T in April launched new ads to reach more people with this important message: No distraction is worth a future.

Sadly, texting while driving claimed the lives of 2 teenage boys featured in our new spots that shine a light on the faces of distracted driving.

If Caleb Sorohan and Forrest Cepeda were alive today, they might be pursuing their dream jobs or teaching their kids to play sports. Maybe they’d still be figuring life out. But we’ll never know – smartphone distracted driving cut their lives short.

Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris captured Caleb’s and Forrest’s heartbreaking stories through in-depth interviews with their families. In these short film productions, you’ll hear their siblings tell how special their lives were. You’ll see their mothers’ pain as they remember their loss. And through the collaboration of forensic artists and a visual effects team, you’ll even get a glimpse at what they would’ve looked like today.

It’s hard to watch, but it’s real. We hope it brings even more attention to this problem so other families don’t have to experience this tragedy.

You can see the new 30-second spots and full-length films here: Caleb: 30-second and full-length; Forrest: 30-second and full-length.

Since its launch in 2010, the It Can Wait campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly all of those surveyed.1
  • Inspired nearly 25 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving.
  • Raised awareness of the free AT&T DriveMode app that has reached more than 20 million downloads.

To learn more, go to ItCanWait.com.

1 Online survey with 7,505 respondents (total distracted drivers n=6,438) conducted by Kantar Added Value. Ongoing survey, data represented here were collected January 2017- December 2017. National panel sample (ages 15-54, drive, and have a smartphone).

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May 14, 2018

AT&T Virtual Reality Experience Tour to Stop at PA Fire Expo May 18-20

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Striking 3D Experience Will Show the Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving 

Fire Expo 2018 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg is the next stop on the 2018 AT&TIt Can Wait tour to show the dangers of smartphone distracted driving. 

Research shows that nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving.1 People are doing much more than texting while behind the wheel.

To illustrate this for drivers of all ages, we will set up a unique virtual reality experience at Fire Expo 2018, May 18-20, 2018, enabling attendees to come face-to-face with the very real dangers of distracted driving through a memorial wall, a wall of keys representing lives lost and a wall made to look like crushed car parts.

The experience will be set up in the Main Hall spaces 522-523.  It will operational from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

“Hundreds of people die, and thousands of crashes occur every year from smartphone use while driving, which is why this campaign is so important in Pennsylvania and across the nation,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. “This stop is a way to team up with Pennsylvania’s first responders to help raise awareness and save lives.”

As part of the campaign, AT&T on April 26 launched new ads to reach more people with this important message: No distraction is worth a future.

Sadly, texting while driving is responsible for the lives of 2 teenage boys featured in our new spots that shine a light on the faces of distracted driving.

If Caleb Sorohan and Forrest Cepeda were alive today, they might be pursuing their dream jobs or teaching their kids to play sports. Maybe they’d still be figuring life out. But we’ll never know – smartphone distracted driving cut their lives short.

Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris captured Caleb’s and Forrest’s heartbreaking stories through in-depth interviews with their families. In these short film productions, you’ll hear their siblings tell how special their lives were. You’ll see their mothers’ pain as they remember their loss. And through the collaboration of forensic artists and a visual effects team, you’ll even get a glimpse at what they would’ve looked like today.

It’s hard to watch, but it’s real. We hope it brings even more attention to this problem so other families don’t have to experience this tragedy.

You can see the new 30-second spots and full-length films (Caleb: 30-second and full-length; Forrest: 30-second and full-length) starting today. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see this message in different places – like at the movies, on social channels and through online video.

Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly all of those surveyed.1
  • Inspired nearly 25 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving. 
  • The free AT&T DriveMode app has reached more than 20 million downloads.

To learn more, go to ItCanWait.com.

1 Online survey with 7,505 respondents (total distracted drivers n=6,438) conducted by Kantar Added Value. Ongoing survey, data represented here were collected January 2017- December 2017. National panel sample (ages 15-54, drive, and have a smartphone).

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May 11, 2018

AT&T Debuts New Retail Store Design in Philadelphia

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

Designed for an Evolution in Connected Entertainment

AT&T* debuted a new nearly 3,500 square foot entertainment-focused retail store in Philadelphia. We designed the store to help customers get their hands on the entertainment content they want anytime, anywhere and on any device.

The new store design 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. This unique store joins our lineup of more than 5,300 AT&T owned and authorized retail stores nationwide.

“It’s a great day when we can celebrate more business investment in our city,” said City Councilman Mark Squilla of the First District.  “Not only is there an incredible cool factor at this new store, but is also means a continued commitment by AT&T to Philadelphia and its citizens.”

“Shoppers at our new Philadelphia store will have an interactive experience that fits their mobile lifestyle and meets their entertainment needs anywhere, anytime,” said Judy Cavalieri, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio/Pennsylvania . “We want to provide an exceptional experience, and we’ve been working hard to take our stores and network to a new level here in Philadelphia.”

Some key features of the new store format are:

  • Entertainment, everywhere. Our new stores illustrate the intersection of content and connection. We train our reps to show how services, like DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW and products can add value to your connected life.
  • 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 show the most popular brands that have products like AR glasses, tablets or smartwatches that work with your smartphone. 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 reps and services. And we know selecting a phone, plan and sometimes adding TV and home broadband to your list takes longer than grabbing a shirt off the rack.  So we added comfortable areas where you and our reps can work together.

The new store in Philadelphia is located at 1100 East Market Street. The hours of operation are: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. 

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AT&T has invested in our Pennsylvania communications networks, our people and local communities for 131 years.  From 2014-2016, we invested more than $800 million In our best-in-class wired and wireless networks in Pennsylvania, including more than $160.6 million in Philadelphia. 

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April 26, 2018

AT&T Employees in Pennsylvania Honored for Their Commitment to the Community

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More Than 4,300 AT&T Employees Nationwide Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

It’s National Volunteer Month. And AT&T is celebrating 52 employees in Pennsylvania being honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

The PVSA recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism throughout the year. These AT&T employees in Pennsylvania are among 4,386 AT&T employees nationwide to receive this honor. They logged a minimum of 100 service hours last year, with many volunteering more than 500 hours.

"AT&T employees are involved in serving their communities across the country, and their commitment is evident across our company,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic. “AT&T congratulates this year’s PVSA award winners and celebrates all our employees who donate their time and talent to help make a positive impact on their community.”

Click here for a full list of all AT&T employee awardees in Pennsylvania and nationwide.

Nationwide, our employees volunteered more than 1.78 million hours of time in community outreach activities during 2017 — worth more than $42 million.* For more information on AT&T’s mentoring and volunteering programs, click here.

For more information on PVSA, visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.

*The Value of Volunteer Time, which is updated annually, is made available by Independent Sector. The current Independent Sector rate is $ $24.14 per hour (2016).

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January 10, 2018

AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Network in Western Pennsylvania

Posted by AT&T Pennsylvania Team

New LTE sites added in Gibsonia, Sewickley and Fombell

AT&T added new 4G LTE cell sites to its network in the Pittsburgh area, providing more mobile broadband coverage to residents, visitors and businesses in communities across the region.

A new site in Gibsonia enhances mobile broadband coverage between North Park and Route 8. A second site in Sewickley boosts coverage for residents, businesses and visitors in town.  And, in Fombell, Beaver County, the new site covers the area around Route 588 and Zelienople Rd.

“We want our customers in the Pittsburgh area and across the state to have a great experience. They’ll be able to download, upload, stream and play games faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network— which is the nation’s best data network**,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. “We’re always working to provide better coverage. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”

Schweder said the sites are among 47 new sites AT&T launched in 2017 – and among 384 network upgrades we made statewide last year.  AT&T invested more than $800 million in its networks in Pennsylvania from 2014-2016.

By building out our 4G LTE network, we also are laying the foundation for our 5G Evolution, the next advance in network technologies. We are increasing network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability and capacity of our network using the latest technology.

**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 Q2 + Q3 2017 across 121 markets.

December 22, 2017

AT&T Teams with ‘The Bus’ to Brighten Holidays

Posted by AT&T Pennsylvania Team

Watch as football legend Jerome Bettis, aka “The Bus,” recently hosted a couple dozen children and their families for a holiday dinner at his Pittsburgh restaurant, Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 as part of the third annual Jerome Bettis AT&T Toy Drive.

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December 11, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by J. Michael Schweder

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. I am so proud of what we have accomplished this year in Pennsylvania. You can learn more about some of our recent initiatives in this month’s edition. And, we just added a video about our work with the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum. You can watch it here.

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,

J. Michael Schweder
President — AT&T Mid-Atlantic


New Study Confirms Significant Economic & Consumer Benefits of 5G Hinge on Streamlining Infrastructure Policy 

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On mobile, we benefit from a wide range of applications—online shopping, banking, streaming video/music, GPS, and social media, just to name a few. Fulfilling our demand for data requires faster and better service ... and new wireless infrastructure, including small cells, is a major factor in getting us there. This report is very timely, as Pennsylvania’s lawmakers are considering important infrastructure legislation, Check out the study here.

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December 11, 2017

AT&T Brings Faster Network to Customers in Potter & Tioga Counties

Posted by AT&T Pennsylvania Team

 

AT&T* added new 4G LTE cell sites to its network in Potter and Tioga Counties.

In Potter County, the new site in Galeton will serve customers around the intersection Routes 6 and 144. In Tioga County, a new site in Blossburg will serve that community and the Route 15 corridor in southern Tioga County. The company also added a site in Westfield.

“I am very pleased that AT&T is making this investment in rural Pennsylvania. Our residents, businesses and visitors rely on mobile broadband more each day to stay connected to family and friends, start or grow a business, receive news updates, and share pictures of some of the most amazing landscapes anywhere,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati.

“We want our customers to have a great experience. They’ll be able to download, upload, stream and play games faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network— which is the nation’s best data network**,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. “We’re always working to provide better coverage. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”

Schweder said these new sites are among 47 new sites AT&T launched this year – and among 384 upgrades we made statewide so far in 2017. AT&T invested more than $800 million in its networks in Pennsylvania from 2014-2016.

“We’re constantly investing in our network to give customers the high-quality services they need to stay connected. This helps Pennsylvanians and those who visit our state have the best possible experience over the AT&T network,” Schweder said.

By building out our 4G LTE network, we also are laying the foundation for our 5G Evolution, the next advance in network technologies. We are increasing network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability and capacity of our network using the latest technology.

**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 Q2 + Q3 2017 across 121 markets.

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December 10, 2017

Willow Dale Elementary School in Bucks County selected as a Grand Prize Winner in the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge!

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Khan

Congratulations to Willow Dale Elementary in Bucks County for being selected as a Grand Prize Winner in the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge!

With support from AT&T, Khan Academy LearnStorm provided a free 6-week challenge that ran from Sept. 12 to Oct. 20 to help students build the skills for a successful school year. Throughout the challenge, students completed customized online learning and growth mindset activities to earn points and recognition both individually and for their school. AT&T has been a major supporter of Khan Academy through the AT&T Aspire initiative.

On Nov. 17, students were recognized during a celebration rally in which they were joined by State Rep. Bernie O’Neill and other community leaders.

On behalf of all of us at AT&T, we congratulate all of these students for their persistence and team work. Your dedication to learning is an inspiration to us all!

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