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April 25, 2019

Cultivating our impact

Posted by Owen Smith

Alongside the change in seasons comes a change in how we perceive the world around us. As part of our commitment to the environment, we’ve worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab to further develop our climate resiliency plan through the creation of a 30-year climate modeling tool. The tool will help us to better anticipate and plan for the impacts of a changing climate — just in time for Earth Day.

But that’s not all. April is also national volunteer month. We’re celebrating by honoring the many AT&T employee volunteers — some of whom have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

We are constantly focused on making our communities stronger, and nothing shows that quite like our commitment to the environment, and to each other.

Sincerely,

Owen Smith
President — AT&T Vermont

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April 24, 2019

The climate is changing, and so are we

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

Climate

AT&T has engaged the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory for help on a Climate Change Resiliency Project to better anticipate, prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This is the first such project publicly announced in the telecommunications industry. It has brought together insights from Argonne National Laboratory’s leading climate and environmental science with AT&T data scientists. This has led to AT&T developing a Climate Change Analysis Tool that will help anticipate potential impacts of climate change on our network infrastructure and business operations 30 years into the future.

“Extreme weather and climate-related events disrupt businesses, public services and communities,” said Scott Mair, president, AT&T Operations. “Together with Argonne National Laboratory, we’re using industry-leading science and technology to assess the risks of a changing climate to our business, so we can make data-driven decisions to better serve our customers and improve our corporate resilience.”

By combining Argonne National Laboratory’s regional climate modeling data with sophisticated mapping capabilities, the tool allows AT&T to visualize climate change risk on company infrastructure and make smarter, climate-informed decisions for the future. For example, instead of relying on 10-day weather forecasts and historic events, we can now visualize climate-related events, such as projected sea-level rise, surrounding copper lines, fiber cable locations, cell sites, central offices and much more decades into the future. This information can be used to help us plan for maintenance, disaster recovery and future construction to best serve our customers and the communities we serve.

“Global climate change does not affect all regions or communities in the same way,” said Dr. Rao Kotamarthi, chief scientist, Argonne National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Science and Climate research group. “At Argonne National Laboratory, we are using high-resolution models and vast statistical techniques to project climate change at regional, local, and even neighborhood scales. Our project applies this detailed information to AT&T’s infrastructure planning, so it can safeguard networks and help ensure resiliency as the climate changes around it.”

AT&T is piloting the Climate Change Analysis Tool in the Southeastern United States, which has been hit hard by severe weather and hurricanes in recent years, and is exploring the possibility of expanding the project to include additional regions in the future. In coordination with Argonne National Laboratory, we’ll also make the regional climate modeling data calculated by Argonne National Laboratory for AT&T available to the public, including universities, municipalities and others, to use in their own climate risk analysis.

“As a company, we’ve long been working to help mitigate the impacts of climate change,” said Charlene Lake, AT&T senior vice president - corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer. “This project builds upon these efforts and helps boost climate resiliency for our business, our employees and our customers, who count on us to adapt and recover quickly when disaster strikes.”

AT&T is taking action to help build climate resilience for our business, our employees and our communities. We’ve invested more than 150,000 working hours and $650 million in our Network Disaster Recovery program to help keep customers connected when disaster strikes.1 Between 2014 and 2018, we’ve donated $3.7 million in humanitarian aid to support communities impacted by climate-related events. And, along with our employees, we’ve provided an additional $5.4 million in aid to more than 5,700 AT&T employees impacted by natural disasters events through our employee relief funds since 2011.2

AT&T’s Climate Resiliency Project is just one of our environmental sustainability initiatives. We have set a 10x Carbon Reduction goal to enable carbon savings 10x the footprint of our operations by 2025. To help reach this goal, we are working across our company to make our network, fleet and operations more efficient. We’re also helping our customers leverage technology, such as mobile connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT), to help reduce their carbon emissions. AT&T is one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the U.S., and our investments are helping to support America’s transition to a low-carbon economy and enable a clean energy future.

More information on the Climate Change Analysis Tool is available in our Road to Resiliency White Paper. For more information on our programs and our commitment to the environment, visit att.com/environment.


1 AT&T Disaster Response Issue Brief https://about.att.com/csr/home/issue-brief-builder/people/disaster-response.html

2 Employee relief funds refer to programs paid by the AT&T Foundation Employee Disaster Relief Fund and the AT&T Employee Relief Fund. Visit https://about.att.com/csr/home/issue-brief-builder/people/disaster-response.html for more information

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April 23, 2019

Together, we do more

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

As part of National Volunteer Month, we’re celebrating the more than 4,149 AT&T employees who have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for 2018. The PVSA is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service by spending more than 100 hours volunteering in the previous year. It’s inspiring and encouraging to think about the lives touched through these acts of kindness.

Throughout April, we are taking the time to say “thank you” to all of our employees — including the employees who received the PVSA in Vermont this year — who are making communities better by volunteering and supporting causes they believe in.

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April 22, 2019

Celebrating National Volunteer Month and AT&T Employee Volunteers

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

Volunteers

For more than 100 years, AT&T employees have given their time, talents and resources to causes that matter most to them. From mentoring students, supporting our military, improving our environment and everything in-between. AT&T employee volunteers make our company and our communities stronger.

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January 24, 2019

Burlington, VT student wins AT&T Youth Filmmaker Award

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

Congratulations to Maia Vota of Burlington whose film, “ A Realistic Look at Distracted Driving,” asks a variety of students to honestly explain whether or not they have ever driven distracted.

Read more and watch Maia’s video, along with all this year’s AT&T Film Award winners here: https://about.att.com/story/2019/att_film_awards_2018_winners.html

January 24, 2019

We are committed to your safety

Posted by Patricia Jacobs

The holiday season comes with a lot of good cheer, but also many distractions. AT&T New England wants to drive home the message that we are committed to your safety and remind everyone that distracted driving is never OK.

This month, our team has been out in communities around New England hosting IT CAN WAIT events to inform drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and to encourage them to stay safe on the road.

In Vermont and Massachusetts, we hosted the IT CAN WAIT Virtual Reality Experience that uses state-of-the-art technology to put participants face-to-face with the very real consequences of distracted driving. And in Rhode Island, we marked the 100th IT CAN WAIT high school assembly in the state, reaching more than 30,000 students, culminating a 6-year joint initiative with the Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

AT&T research has found nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving. People are texting from behind the wheel — they’re checking email, accessing social media and even snapping photos. Nearly 4-in-10 people say that distracted driving is a habit. Sadly, this pattern of behavior has had deadly consequences far too many times.

I encourage you to join the nearly 33 million other people who have visited www.itcanwait.com and taken the pledge to never drive distracted. Help us inspire others to be safe on the road — one pledge could save a life.

From everyone here at AT&T New England, I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Patricia Jacobs

President — AT&T New England

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August 27, 2018

AT&T Invests Nearly $45 Million Dollars Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Vermont

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

At AT&T1*, we've invested nearly $45 million dollars in our Vermont 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 158 wireless network upgrades in Vermont. We added bandwidth, additional carriers and new site builds.

Following the passage of recent state legislation, AT&T will continue its investment in Vermont with additional upgrades.

"The state's siting statute for cell sites, 30 VSA sec. 248a greatly facilitates AT&T's investment in Vermont," said Patricia Jacobs, President of AT&T – New England. "This investment will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead. AT&T will continue our commitment to enhancing our Vermont network in new and innovative ways."

The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. Notable Vermont network enhancements in 2017 included:

  • 80 new bandwidth expansions
  • 72 additional carriers
  • 6 new transmission sites

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 Vermont 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.

To learn more about our coverage in Vermont, 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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October 27, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Patricia Jacobs

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,

Patricia Jacobs
President — AT&T New England

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July 31, 2017

Connecting people to opportunity: AT&T Annual Sustainability Report

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

At AT&T, we are using the power of our network, our workforce and our connections to drive positive change in communities. Our successes in this effort are in large part due to our employees’ commitment to the greater good.

It’s because of this dedication that for the 3rd time in 5 years, AT&T has been named the top community-minded communications company in the U.S. by The Civic 50.

Additionally, we announced our first milestone toward our goal of enabling customer carbon savings 10x the footprint of AT&T’s operations by 2025. This update includes a methodology for measuring our impact and our first customer case study about the carbon benefits of connected shipping pallets.

Side-by-side with nonprofits, peers and customers, we are working to measure the carbon- and cost-savings enabled by our technology so more businesses can understand how they can use technology to help improve the environment.

These stories and more are articulated in the 2016 edition of our Annual Sustainability Update and 28 associated issue briefs. The report highlights the progress our company is making through a variety of citizenship and sustainability initiatives designed to help the individuals, communities and environments that need it most.

Check out some additional highlights from the report:

C&S Report

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May 25, 2017

AT&T honoring our nation’s heroes

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

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

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

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

Why I Carry The Load

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

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

Enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day.

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