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December 14, 2018

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

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

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 05, 2018

AT&T Teams Up with CodeVA to Launch Computer Science Education Week in Virginia

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

Students participate in coding, other events all week at the Science Museum of Richmond.

Students across Virginia will participate in coding and other activities this week in celebration of Virginia Computer Science Education Week.  AT&T contributed $25,000 to CodeVA to support this week’s events.

Chris Dovi, executive director of CodeVA, kicked off the week on Monday during a special event at the Science Museum of Richmond. The event was livestreamed to classrooms across the Commonwealth.

“Virginia was the first state to adopt computer science as a mandatory subject for all students. It did this because computer science is an essential literacy for our modern workforce.  It is only with critical corporate partner investments — exemplified by AT&T’s generous support for CodeVA — that we ensure our kids are equipped for the jobs of tomorrow and today. CodeVA is a partnership between the state and its corporate citizens working toward a common goal for our kids and our Commonwealth,” Dovi said.

A portion of AT&T’s contribution also supports CodeVA’s Eureka Workshop out-of-school programs, including CodeVA’s free, city-wide robotics club and competition team.

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a proclamation recognizing December 3-9, 2018 as National Computer Science Education Week in the Commonwealth, saying, in part: “Virginia students, especially females and minorities, will learn about the computer science field during Virginia’s celebration of Computer Science Education Week, exploring career pathways that include cybersecurity and information security; and Virginia will continue to be a leader in computer science and cybersecurity through business growth, entrepreneurship and innovation.”

"It is only with critical corporate partner investments — exemplified by AT&T’s generous support for CodeVA — that we ensure our kids are equipped for the jobs of tomorrow and today." —Chris Dovi

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, Virginia’s Chief Information Security Officer Michael Watson, State Superintendent for Public Instruction James Lane and Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall all joined the Governor, the First Lady Pamela Northam and First Daughter Aubrey Northam at the kickoff event.  Approximately 200 Richmond Public Schools middle school students who attended also spent the remainder of the day participating in Hour of Code and unplugged computer science challenges and activities at the Science Museum.

Vince Apruzzese, AT&T’s regional vice president for External Affairs in Virginia said AT&T’s support will help prepare more students for in-demand jobs — and help Virginia maintain its competitive edge.

“AT&T invests in education and job training to create a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our company, our Commonwealth and our country for the future,” Apruzzese said. “By supporting CodeVA, We’re creating opportunities for young people in Virginia to learn about and prepare for rewarding careers in technology fields.”

Over the past 2 years, AT&T contributed more than $40,000 to help CodeVA prepare the next generation of tech leaders in the Commonwealth.


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About CodeVA

CodeVA is an educational non-profit created to promote computer science all across Virginia. Based in Richmond VA, our teacher training efforts and outreach to districts, parents and policymakers assumes a statewide footprint. CodeVA was founded with the principle that anyone can code, and that every Virginia child has a fundamental right to computer science literacy. Since 2014, CodeVA has taken great strides in making computer science a priority for Virginia. In 2016, Virginia became the first state in the nation to pass sweeping computer science education reform. This law mandates that every Virginia child will receive access to essential computer science literacy – to include coding – from Kindergarten through graduation. CodeVA seeks to build a strong, vibrant 21st century Virginia workforce by providing access to computer science education for every child. Anyone can code. Everyone should.

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December 05, 2018

Virginia Asian Chamber, AT&T Team Up to Prepare Students for College and Career

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

The Virginia Asian Foundation has a program that offers internships, mentoring opportunities, scholarships, and workforce-training for Asian Pacific Islanders students in Virginia.  The Foundation will expand its reach in Fairfax, Richmond, and Virginia Beach with the help of a $25,000 contribution from AT&T.

Tinh D. Phan, chairman of the Virginia Asian Foundation, announced AT&T’s support during the Foundation’s annual gala in Richmond.

“Virginia Asian Foundation is committed to helping Virginia develop our future talent.  With AT&T’s support, we will help our Asian American workforce develop leadership and jobs skills that will help sustain Virginia‘s economic vitality into the future,“ Phan said.

Vince Apruzzese, AT&T’s regional vice president for External Affairs in Virginia, made the announcement during the event.

“We work with organizations like the Virginia Asian Foundation to help prepare the next generation of Virginia’s business and technology leaders. Our support will help equip more young people in Virginia with the tools they need to succeed,” Apruzzese said.


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About the Virginia Asian Foundation 

Created in 2007, the Virginia Asian Foundation  promotes education and civic empowerment activities to encourage Asian Americans to realize the American dream.  Learn more at http://aabac.org/va-asian-foundation/va-foundation/.  You also can follow the chamber @VAAsianChamber. 

About AT&T Impact

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, 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. Follow us @attimpact.

November 30, 2018

Urban Alliance Receives $1 Million from AT&T to Help Students Graduate High School Prepared for Economic Self-Sufficiency

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UA One of Ten Recipients of $9.25 Million in Contributions to Organizations Across the U.S.

Based on its long track record of preparing underserved high school students for college and career success after high school, Urban Alliance was awarded $1 million as one of ten recipients nationwide to share in $9.25 million in celebration of AT&T Aspire’s 10-year anniversary. Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is the company’s initiative to help provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.

The contribution was announced during a special event at Wakefield High School in Arlington, one of 29 schools Urban Alliance partners with in the greater Washington, D.C. area. 

Progress has been made since AT&T launched Aspire. The 2015-16 national high school graduation rate now stands at 84.1%, an all-time high and up from 74.9% for the class of 2008. But as a part of the Grad Nation campaign to drive America to a 90% high school graduation rate by 2020, more work needs to be done.

Currently, one in six students fails to graduate high school on time with their class. The ten nonprofits, including Urban Alliance, are working on the front lines every day to change the fate of those students. The nonprofits were selected from previous AT&T Aspire competitive funding awardees based on their effectiveness in helping students graduate ready for career or college. These programs use evidence-based approaches and are able to demonstrate a measurable impact on the students they serve.

“For our country to succeed in the 21st century, our workforce needs the right skills, and young people need a high school diploma to stay on track for college and career success. Through Aspire, we support programs that help students who need it the most walk across the graduation stage ready for their future,” said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T External Affairs in Virginia. “We’re excited to continue working with Urban Alliance to help more young people in the region achieve success.”

AT&T’s contribution will fund the expansion and enhancement of Urban Alliance’s core High School Internship Program (HSIP) and workforce readiness training in both Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. to enable more students in the region to graduate high school with the skills needed for lifelong economic self-sufficiency.

With this support, high school seniors enrolled in HSIP will receive industry-focused training to prepare them for future employment in high-growth sectors, in addition to the program’s year-long job and life skills training; paid, 9-month professional internships; mentoring; and post-high school planning assistance. Urban Alliance will also expand its workforce readiness training program (originally funded by AT&T) to underclassmen starting as early as freshman year of high school in Washington, D.C. and to also include growth-industry-specific training.

Overall, AT&T’s contribution will enable Urban Alliance to prepare over 860 students for post-high school success.

Students hail from 29 schools in the region: Anacostia Senior High School; Arlington Career Center; Benjamin Banneker Academic High School; Calvin Coolidge Senior High School; César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Parkside High School; Chance for Change Academy; Columbia Heights Educational Campus; E.L. Haynes Public Charter School; Eastern Senior High School; Falls Church High School; Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus; Frank W. Ballou High School; Friendship Public Charter School – Friendship Collegiate Academy; H.D. Woodson High School; H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program; IDEA Public Charter School; Justice High School; KIPP DC; McKinley Technology High School; Mount Vernon High School; Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Ron Brown College Preparatory High School; T.C. Williams High School; T.C. Williams High School Satellite Campus; Theodore Roosevelt High School; Thurgood Marshall Academy; Wakefield High School; Washington-Lee High School; and Woodrow Wilson High School.

“We believe that early access to high-quality employment and workforce readiness training can prevent underserved youth from disconnecting from future employment or education,” said Eshauna Smith, CEO of Urban Alliance. “We are grateful to AT&T for recognizing the critical role of youth employment in building sustainable, successful futures for our youth. Their support will help us open the door to economic opportunity for more young people in the greater Washington, D.C. area.”

With more than 20 years of experience providing workforce opportunities to thousands of economically disadvantaged students in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Detroit, Urban Alliance has a track record of improving post-high school outcomes for underserved youth. A recent six-year study found that completing Urban Alliance’s High School Internship Program had a measurable impact on young men attending college, mid-GPA students enrolling in four-year colleges, and students’ retention of professional soft skills.

100 percent of Urban Alliance students graduate from high school, and over 90 percent are accepted to college. A further 80 percent of enrolled alumni continue to a second year in college, and 80 percent of all alumni are connected to a college, career, or career-training pathway one year post-program.

AT&T has funded Urban Alliance’s work in the D.C. metropolitan area since 2014. AT&T invests in education and job training to create a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our company – and our country – for the future. Since 2008, we’ve committed $450 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world through the AT&T Aspire initiative. AT&T Aspire brings together the power of our network – our employees, our technology and organizations – to connect people to opportunities through education and job training.


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About Urban Alliance

Urban Alliance is a national youth development nonprofit that provides economically-disadvantaged young people with the exposure, opportunity, support, and training needed to prepare them for lifelong economic self-sufficiency. Urban Alliance’s core program partners with the business community to match underserved high school seniors with paid, professional internships, job skills training, one-on-one mentoring, and ongoing post-program support to expand their idea of what is possible in the future. Founded in Washington, D.C. in 1996, Urban Alliance has since expanded to Baltimore, Chicago, Northern Virginia, and Detroit. To date, Urban Alliance has placed over 4,000 students in paid internships, and served another over 18,000 through job skills training. For more information, visit https://theurbanalliance.org.

November 19, 2018

AT&T Brings Faster Network to Culpeper Customers

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team
4G LTE Expansion Will Give Customers Better Access to Mobile Internet

AT&T  has added a new cell site to its 4G LTE network in Culpeper to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.  

The new site will help customers located near East Stevens Street and South East Street in Culpeper get the most out of their mobile devices. With 4G LTE service, they’ll see better service when watching videos, posting to social media, or texting family and friends.

"We’re always working to provide better coverage. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.” —Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president of AT&T in Virginia

“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,” said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president of AT&T in Virginia. “This new site 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.”

We constantly invest in our network to give customers the high-quality services they need to stay connected. This helps Virginia residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network, whether at home, at work or on the go.


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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.

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October 22, 2018

AT&T Takes “IT CAN WAIT” Message to Langley High School

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team
Virtual Reality Experience Shows Students and Staff the Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving

Try the 360-degree experience for yourself.

On October 22, 2018, AT&T* and Langley High School teamed up to remind students and staff about the dangers of smartphone distracted driving as part of AT&T’s  IT CAN WAIT campaign. It was the latest event in Virginia – and the 8th year that AT&T joined other companies and organizations from Northern Virginia to remind Langley students that “It Can Wait”!

Research shows that 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving.** People are doing much more than texting from behind the wheel. 

To drive home the message, AT&T set up its new virtual reality experience in the cafeteria, allowing students and staff to experience firsthand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone.  Other participating companies and organizations included State Farm Insurance, INOVA-Fairfax Hospital and The Art of Driving

IT CAN WAIT is a national movement urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones—distracted driving is never OK. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. It has now expanded to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.

IT CAN WAIT

 Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly 90% of audiences surveyed.
  • Inspired more than 32 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Worked with departments of transportation in Texas, Kentucky and other states on research that suggests a correlation between It Can Wait campaign activities and a reduction in crashes.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving. 

To learn more, visit ItCanWait.com


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 * 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.
**Research commissioned by AT&T and conducted by Braun Research. Polled 2,067 people in the U.S. aged 16-65 who use their smartphone and drive at least once a day. Additional information available here.

September 10, 2018

AT&T Networks Prepare for Hurricane Florence

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

AT&T* is ready for Hurricane Florence in Virginia with an arsenal of disaster response equipment and personnel on standby.

AT&T started its storm preparedness process as we closely monitor Hurricane Florence. The storm is expected to impact the Eastern coast later this week. Our preparation includes: 

  • Topping off fuel generators.
  • Testing high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites.
  • Protecting physical facilities against flooding.
  • Staging other emergency response equipment in strategic locations for quick deployment following the storm.

AT&T also improved the network redundancy in storm-prone areas. We have installed more generators at critical cell towers and switching facilities and moved electronics essential to network operations above expected flood levels. 

“Customers rely on us, especially during major storms," said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia. "That's why we practice readiness drills and simulations throughout the year. And we do all we can to have our networks prepared when severe weather strikes. We’ve worked for the past few days to position equipment and crews, and are ready to respond if needed. We’re in touch with Virginia public officials in their storm response efforts.”

The AT&T National Disaster Recovery (NDR) program is one of the industry’s largest and most advanced disaster response programs. The NDR fleet includes hundreds of technology recovery and support trailers that can be quickly deployed to support customers and first responders.

Response equipment readied in the wake of an event includes:

  • Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs)
  • Emergency communications vehicles (ECVs)
  • Flying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs)
  • Drones
  • A self-sufficient base camp. This is complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and meals ready to eat (MREs).
  • Hazmat equipment and supplies
  • Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning
  • Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts

Just as we prepare, we encourage customers to do the same. Additional information and tips for disaster preparedness can be found here.  

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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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August 17, 2018

Governor Northam Highlights Workforce Agenda, Job Opportunities during Visit to AT&T Facility in Lebanon

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

During a tour across Southwest Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam visited AT&T’s Lebanon call center to discuss his economic development agenda and learn more about AT&T’s operations in the Commonwealth and the job opportunities at the center.  AT&T expects to hire around 170 new employees at the center this year. 

During the visit, the Governor toured the facility and met with recently hired employees. 

“As governor, it’s my mission to bring economic opportunity to every corner of the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “I’m glad to see a company like AT&T expanding its footprint and investing in growing its employee base in Lebanon.”

Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia said the company is hiring customer service and sales representatives at the center, which has operated in Lebanon since 2003.

“Gov. Northam is working hard to help create opportunities for Virginians and to help our Commonwealth maintain its competitive edge,” said Apruzzese. “We are glad he was able to join us to talk about his plans for workforce and economic development in the state and learn about the job opportunities we have in Lebanon.”

During the visit, the Governor met with a group of newly hired employees who are training for their new customer service and sales jobs at the facility.  Apruzzese said the employees are among the 170 individuals AT&T expects to hire at the center this year. 

Gov. Ralph Northam, center, visited AT&T’s facility in Lebanon, VA on August 17.  He’s joined by (l to r) AT&T's Tony Barton and Vince Apruzzese.

Gov. Ralph Northam, center, visited AT&T’s facility in Lebanon, VA on August 17.  He’s joined by (l to r) AT&T's Tony Barton and Vince Apruzzese.

AT&T’s people are leading the way for everything the company does. That’s why it’s committed to giving team members the benefits, tools and resources they need to reach their fullest potential – both professionally and personally.   Interested individuals can apply online, which includes completion of a required assessment.  More details are available at work.att.jobs/lebanoncsr.

In addition to creating jobs in Virginia, AT&T is investing in its network across the Commonwealth. AT&T invested more than $550 million in our Virginia wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017.

AT&T has more than 2,600 employees working in the Commonwealth, including around 305 veterans. In addition, more than 2,740 AT&T retirees call Virginia home. Global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work™ and Fortune Magazine named AT&T one of the 2016 Best Workplaces for Diversity.

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August 17, 2018

AT&T Invests More Than $550 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Networks in Virginia

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

At AT&T[i], we invested more than $550 million in our Virginia 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.

The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. In 2017, AT&T made greater than 564 wireless network upgrades in Virginia.

“Virginia can remain as a top state for doing business through sound public policies that attract sustained private sector investment,” said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president, AT&T Virginia. “We’re investing in our network infrastructure to meet current customer demand and to pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead. We’re working to keep Virginians connected.”

Since the formation of the FirstNet public-private partnership a little over a year ago, governors from all 50 states, 5 territories and Washington, 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 Virginia 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 Virginia, 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.

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June 15, 2018

Commonwealth of Virginia Approves Statewide Use of AT&T ESInet™ to Transform 911 Communications

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

The Commonwealth of Virginia 911 Services Board has approved the AT&T* ESInet solution as the recommended platform to provide NextGen 911 communications statewide. The IP-based call routing service uses the National Emergency Number Association’s i3 standards and the core features of AT&T ESInet™ to modernize aging 911 infrastructure.

“We are proud to work with the Commonwealth of Virginia on this critical upgrade of their 911 infrastructure,” said Brian Troup, vice president, AT&T Public Sector. “AT&T ESInet will provide Virginia with an advanced network to better meet the needs of their residents, first responders and 911 dispatchers now and in the future."

With AT&T ESInet, localities across Virginia will be able to:

  • Manage how calls and text messages are routed. This helps ensure they reach the desired 911 agency. Location-based, geospatial routing lets public safety answering points (PSAPs) quickly adjust their service boundaries to accommodate emergencies. This allows them to provide a more targeted response and will help save precious time.
  • Handle unexpected call volumes. When high call volumes occur, AT&T ESInet can automatically distribute calls to neighboring PSAPs. This makes it easier to speed emergency responsiveness and manage 911 calls.
  • Apply dynamic routing capabilities. Using a highly secure, private network connection, PSAPs can set rules for how to route 911 voice calls and text messages. For example, a rule could be set to route all calls originating in a defined area directly to a special command post within a pre-defined event boundary like a college campus. This gives public safety direct, on-site access to 911 callers.
  • Maintain service during a natural or man-made disaster. PSAPs across Virginia can access geographically diverse and redundant call processing locations throughout the country for support as they need it.
  • Improve incident awareness. Localities that upgrade their 9-1-1 capabilities with AT&T ESInet will be able to support text messages, and in the future, pictures and videos.

“An ESInet will help usher in the future of 9-1-1 in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Steve Marzolf, director of the Integrated Services Program at the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). “It will help us in our goal to create and ensure a seamless network throughout the whole state. Existing technology and infrastructure is outdated, but with this contract, Virginia is on the leading edge of emergency communications and services.”

AT&T was previously selected to provide NextGen 911 services in Fairfax County, Virginia. That contract can be used by all of Virginia’s state localities. These localities can notify Virginia’s 911 Service Board of their interest in the contract, reach a participation agreement with AT&T and move forward with deployment.

Using the contract meets state procurement regulations and eliminates the need for localities to spend money and staff time on procurement. Localities also can implement the upgrade through their own procurements or contract vehicles, and only need to notify the 911 Service Board of their decisions to do so.

AT&T ESInet is one of the latest evolving emergency communications tools available to Virginia. In July 2017, Virginia opted in to FirstNet – America’s communications platform purpose-built for and dedicated to first responders. With both AT&T ESInet and FirstNet, Virginia’s public safety community will be able to create an efficient flow of communications from the caller to the 911 call taker to the first responder.

To learn more about AT&T ESInet, go here.

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