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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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March 17, 2017

Look in the sky — Flying COWs

Posted by Patricia Jacobs

Dear Friends,

The future is here. Our customers want to download content faster, stay connected with family and friends and have greater control over their home. That’s why AT&T continues to lead and innovate in this space — from IoTs to flying drones, we want to make sure our network is ready for what our customers want and for the possibilities that the future holds. We’re also focused on the future of our communities, which is why AT&T is teaming up with Brackets For Good to host the first national online bracket-style fundraising competition. As we look back at the first quarter of 2017, we have done so much, but we know there is so much more to do. And we won’t be able to do it without you.

Sincerely,

Patricia Jacobs
President — Vermont 

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March 16, 2017

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a FLYING COW

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

When we first announced our drone program back in July 2016, I’m sure you were intrigued, yet slightly confused. Well, since our announcement we have been working on what we like to call “Flying COWs.”
FLYING COW video

A Flying COW is a cell site on a drone. But what does COW stand for? In a nutshell, it stands for “Cell On Wings” Pretty clever, huh?

Recently our drone team — in what we believe is an industry first — successfully completed a live test flight of a Flying COW transmitting and receiving speed data outside a field in Atlanta. The Flying COW plays an important role for our Network Disaster Recovery team, and we’ll also look to use them to enhance coverage at big events like music festivals. Once operational, 1 Flying COW could eventually provide coverage to an area of up to 40 square miles.

Be sure to check out this video to watch AT&T’s Flying COW in action!

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March 15, 2017

“M” in LTE-M should stand for MORE – more Internet of Things

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

The world of connected devices is already here, with more ordinary objects becoming extraordinaryAT&T is a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) and our plans for a nationwide deployment of a LTE-M network for Internet of Things is ahead of schedule in the second quarter of 2017. We’re also planning LTE-M availability in Mexico by the end of the year.

LTE-M will be the catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments. Allowing more businesses and people to tap into IoT will transform how we live, work and care for our world. Currently, we are already testing LTE-M network and chipset technology in:

Bullet pointSmart water meters with Capstone Metering
Bullet pointSmart pallets with RM2
Bullet pointSmart beverage fountains with PepsiCo
Bullet pointConsumer devices with Samsung
Bullet pointShipping container monitoring with Xirgo Technologies
Bullet pointConnected vehicles and fleet & asset management with CalAmp
Bullet pointHome security and automation with Telular.

Devices designed to operate on the LTE-M network have advantages over traditional IoT connectivity options. You’ll see:

Lower device costs 

Longer battery life (expected up to 10 years)

Better coverage underground and deep inside buildings

Module Size (as small as 1/6 the size of current modules)

 

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March 14, 2017

Network, Connections and Community — AT&T by the Numbers

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

AT&T wireless customers in the U.S. and Mexico

We keep customers connected all around the world.

Every day we work to connect people to their world. This past quarter, we had 11.8 million connected cars on the AT&T network, over one million (1,003,434) miles of network fiber routed globally, and acquired 4 patents every day, on average.

Check out our video to get more highlights from this recent quarter and some of the impressive ways AT&T is connecting people to their world.

Read more here.

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January 20, 2017

Supporting Innovation & Sharing Highlights

Posted by Patricia Jacobs

Dear Friends,

We’re kicking off 2017 with a renewed effort to work with innovators across the country to support students’ educational and career success. We’ll also be working with state and local leaders across Vermont to keep our customers — and their constituents — connected to each other and their world. Our industry is changing faster than ever, and we want to make sure public policies keep up with those changes.

We’re looking forward to a great year.

As always, I welcome your feedback.

Sincerely,

Patricia Jacobs
President — AT&T Vermont


Connected to Good

The new year is a perfect time to celebrate and reflect on experiences and accomplishments from the last 12 months. We focus on the communities in which we live and work across the country. Before we walk too far into 2017, we wanted to take a moment to share highlights of some of our milestones in 2016.

Mentorship Mentorship

In the Fall of 2012, AT&T set out to impact the lives of students through 1 million hours of mentoring by the end of 2016. We met that goal in January of 2016, with our employees mentoring more than 160,000 students in 336 cities.

Employee mentoring is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative to promote success in school and beyond.

Read more here.

STEM logo STEM

Ninety percent of parents want their children to have access to computer science education at school, and teachers agree. However, three-quarters of U.S. schools do not offer meaningful computer science courses.
In 2016 we continued to support organizations that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). In April, our chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, joined other CEOs in signing an open letter to Congress, asking for federal funding to provide every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer science.

Read more here.

Veterans logo Veterans

AT&T actively focuses on recruiting veterans into career paths because the experience and skills gained through the military are an invaluable contribution to the workforce. Last spring we announced plans to hire an additional 10,000 veterans, bringing our veteran hiring commitment to a total of 20,000 by 2020.

This commitment was announced at the White House Joining Forces event, with more than 50 other companies also dedicated to hiring and training veterans and military spouses. The hiring commitment from AT&T was one of the largest announced.

Read more here


sustainability logo Sustainability

At AT&T, we work hard to help create a better, more environmentally sustainable world by providing technologies that enable things like connected cars and homes; smarter and more resilient energy grids; and tools to help cities manage traffic to reduce pollution.

Connecting to good is a daily commitment, and we take pride in tracking and measuring our progress. In August, we released our annual corporate social responsibility update on our year-round efforts.

Click here for our full report.

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January 19, 2017

Inauguration 2017: Stars, Stripes and Selfies

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

Stars Stripes and Selfies phones

Can you even begin to imagine what nearly 1 million people will look like standing on the National Mall on Inauguration Day? You can bet nearly all of these people will be holding their phones up high wanting to share the Inauguration of the country’s new President with friends and family through text messages, photos and social media. That’s a massive number of people using their smartphones in the same place at the same time. And a massive amount of demand placed on our network. There is no doubt; this is a challenge to support. But it’s a challenge we’ve been planning to take on for more than 2 years.

AT&T is investing nearly $15 million and more than quintupling network capacity throughout D.C. to boost the network for the Inauguration. We’re also making hundreds of permanent upgrades that will benefit the District for years to come, including LTE capacity upgrades to more than 20 cell sites. We’re also rolling out 7 Super Cell on Wheels (COWs) along the 2-mile National Mall, with 2 of the COWs equipped with our highest-capacity antenna — the Drum Set Antenna — providing 20 times more network capacity than a traditional cell site. This is our largest temporary network deployment ever. In total, our 7 Super COW deployment, along the National Mall, is equal to nearly 50 traditional cell sites.

2012 vs. 2016 — How has Mobile Technology Changed in 4 Years?

A lot has changed in just 4 years since the last Presidential Inauguration. Our network engineers continue to see massive mobile data growth on our network and have developed innovative technology to keep up with the demand. Since 2007, data usage on our network has grown by 250,000% — due to the rise in popularity of video streaming apps and mobile internet usage.

In 2013, during President Barack Obama’s second Inauguration, although the crowd was smaller than 2009, data usage on our D.C.-area network was more than 16 times larger than it was during Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. We expect to see even more data usage this year, as streaming video and apps (like Snapchat) have gained in popularity.

bullet pointFor the 2013 Inauguration, we deployed Cell on Wheels (COWs) to boost coverage along the National Mall, but they’re nothing like the Super COWs we have at our disposal this year. For context, one Super COW is equal to 6 COWs in 2012 and is able to provide more than 30 times network capacity.

bullet pointIn 2012, 35% of adults in the U.S. owned smartphones, compared to more than 72% in 2016. That means there will be a lot more people using social media, streaming, tweeting and snapping at this year’s Inauguration compared to 2013.

During the Inauguration, local and national network teams will watch the network closely — ready to respond quickly as needed. At AT&T, we do everything we can to make sure you’re able to share your experiences from your smartphone with others. Whether that’s streaming the Inauguration live from your desk or in person on the National Mall with a million other people.

For more information, be sure to read the Innovation Space blog by Scott Mair.

January 19, 2017

Support Innovations to Help Every Student Achieve

Posted by AT&T Vermont Team

AT&T is calling on innovative ed-tech ventures to apply for the 2017 AT&T Aspire Accelerator

Apply now for AT&T AspireIn its third year, the Aspire Accelerator’s mission is to support innovations that can help every student achieve a bright, successful future — exponentially and at scale. For- and non-profit organizations chosen to participate in the program receive financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship.

The Aspire Accelerator is open to any venture working to develop technology to support students’ educational and career success. The 11 previous participants have thrived in the program and, together, have reached more than 4 million students.

The Aspire Accelerator application is open through Feb. 7, and the program will begin with selected ventures in May 2017. To learn more and apply, please visit www.att.com/aspireaccelerator.