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May 23, 2019

Honoring our heroes, investing in our future

Posted by Bob Bass

This month, we take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that our veterans and first responders have made in service to us. In support of Military Appreciation Month, we’re unveiling multiple initiatives aimed at recognizing active military personnel, veterans and their families. For the sixth year in a row, we’re supporting Carry the Load through a large-scale employee volunteer effort, as well as a $100,000 donation.

We’re also using this month to double down on investing in our future, and not just in the world of tech. In addition to trailblazing 5G security standards for the future of our communications, we’re also working with the non-profit Year Up for the future of our young people and the workforce they will shape. As part of this initiative, we’ve committed to host 200 interns annually by 2022 in an effort to build a dynamic and diverse talent pipeline.

To prepare for the future, we’re always focusing on investing in our local communities. In doing so, we strive to always honor and empower those who serve others.


Bob Bass, President — AT&T Washington

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May 22, 2019

AT&T honors Military Appreciation Month

Posted by AT&T Washington Team

Carry the Load

AT&T has supported active military personnel, veterans and their families for more than 80 years, when our telephone services provided much needed connectivity during World War II. Keeping current and veteran servicemembers connected — to families, battle buddies and even job opportunities — is how we’ve “got your 6,” then and now.

AT&T Mobility Offer

This May, in recognition of Military Appreciation Month, we’re giving active military personnel, veterans, first responders and their families a $200 one-time bill credit when buying an eligible Samsung Galaxy smartphone1. This is just a small way to say thank you for your service.

One phone not enough? If you’re on one of our eligible unlimited plans and have DIRECTV, U-verse TV or AT&T Internet, you’ll get a free Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB when you add a line and buy one Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ or Note9 with both devices on AT&T Next2.

Active military, veterans, first responders and family members on an AT&T Unlimited &More or AT&T Unlimited &More Premium wireless plan can also receive discounts towards an eligible AT&T video service and AT&T Internet3 . Discounts include:

25% off wireless service on the &More Premium or &More plan (that’s 1 line starting at $52.50 or $120 for a family of 4, only $30 per line after autopay and paperless bill discounts);

$15 off per month for select video services, including DIRECTV and U-verse TV; and

$15 off per month for select AT&T Internet services.

More information about these promotions and discounts can be found in store or online at

For those with limited mobility or just pressed for time, personal delivery and expert device setup is available in select markets at no extra cost thanks to AT&T Ready to Go.

AT&T Veterans Job Initiative

AT&T sees beyond just your service. Here are 6 ways we’ve “got your 6,” veterans:

In 2013, AT&T set a goal to hire 10,000 veterans and their families over the next five years. We did it in 3 years and then, in conjunction with White House Joining Forces, committed to hiring another 10,000 veterans for a total of 20,000 by 2020. To date, we have hired more than 17,500 toward that goal.

We offer a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) that can help veterans figure out what career will be right for them after their service.

Our Veteran Employee Resource Group has been in place for 35 years and is 10,000+ members strong. It provides mentoring programs and support for active military serving in combat zones.

The AT&T Veteran Talent Network provides up-to-date information about jobs.

Our Job Search Advisor sessions give veterans a chance to speak directly to our Military Talent Acquisition Managers and learn about AT&T first hand.

We offer a support network for military spouses and our MilSpouse Virtual Job Advisor sessions provide transition assistance and career advice.

More information on each of these services can be found at AT&T Careers for Veterans.

AT&T Helps Carry the Load

This month, we will donate $100,000 to Carry the Load. In addition, we are organizing a large-scale employee volunteer effort to participate in the national relay or local city rallies across the country. Store locations around select relay routes will support relay walkers with water, energy bars and encouragement along the way. This year, 11,500 miles will be walked over 23 days, on three major routes throughout the country, by thousands — and AT&T employees will be there.

Over the last 5 years, AT&T has contributed or directed about $21 million to organizations and projects that support our military, veterans and their families. Our commitment to servicemembers and first responders isn’t just a competitive advantage. It’s a nearly century-old tradition.

We’ve “got your 6,” this month and beyond.

In addition, AT&T has launched a text-to-donate campaign for those interested in helping out. Text HONOR to 52000 to give $25 in support of Carry the Load’s mission. (This will work on all major carriers.) The funds raised will provide a continuum of care for military members, veterans, first responders and their families.

1 To qualify for the promotion, the customer must have the Military/Veteran discount on his/her account, activate a new line of service on an AT&T Unlimited &More or Unlimited &More Premium plan and purchase a select Samsung Galaxy smartphone (S10e, S10, S10+ and Note9) on the AT&T Next installment plan. Credit starts w/in 3 bills. Taxes, fees, exclusions & restr’s apply. Visit for more information.

2Ltd time. Minimum 1 new wireless line required for BOGO. Each req’s min. $750 on installment. Free after credits over 30 months. Credits start w/in 3 bills. If svc cancelled, device balance due. $30 Activation, add’l fees, taxes, speed, usage & restr’s apply. See offer details

3AT&T Unlimited &More Plans: AT&T may temporarily slow data speeds when the network is congested/busy. Video may be ltd. to SD. Add’l speed, usage, limits & other restr’s apply. See for details.

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May 21, 2019

Cybersecurity: The great 5G enabler

Posted by AT&T Washington Team


The Bottom Line: Yes, 5G will ultimately change for the better how we live, work and play, but is everyone ready for the new security threats it could bring to the table? AT&T is. We’ve already been laying the foundation with our software-defined network (SDN) and are at the forefront for discussions around future security standards. When 5G networks are ready to take centerstage, we’ll be right there to help secure it.

Why it matters: We’re at the cusp of the 5G wireless network revolution. Once it is in full swing, it will be fast. It will be ubiquitous. And like the transition from 3G to 4G before it, it will change the way we work, play and live, paving the way for the fourth industrial revolution, which technology experts and analysts say will be served by an Internet of Things (IoT) explosion. Its deployment trajectory is becoming somewhat of an unstoppable force.

New technologies that include everything from connected cars and cities to augmented and virtual reality, and ultra-high-definition video will go from proof-of-concept to public adoption thanks to the huge leaps in capacity and speed that future 5G will offer. AT&T’s 5G network will be available to its subscribers in parts of 21 cities across the U.S. this year. Performance will continue to improve, and the pace of adoption will accelerate next year.

But… (There’s always a ‘but,’ isn’t there?): None of this technological transformation can become a reality without pace-for-pace advancements in cybersecurity. With the massive increase in connectivity that will eventually be possible, as the 5G network becomes the operational backbone of society and culture, the vast quantity of data traversing 5G networks will increase the size of the threat surface as well as create opportunities for bad actors to weaponize the currently known, manageable threats. We have been preparing, because we have been architecting 5G cybersecurity for several years now.

Security industry insiders call our cybersecurity chops “the real thing” for a reason. Our reputation for security innovation is known primarily with insiders, but that’s changing with each new city to join the AT&T 5G network. All carriers deploying 5G will launch with cybersecurity standards, standards that we’ve helped develop such as roaming protection proxies, Home Network Authentication and Subscriber Identity Privacy.

But even beyond those, we’re driving proprietary security innovation within our own walls thanks to new capabilities that our SDN enables.

We can do this because we are able to study multitudes of data streams to help detect threats to our network. Our work in machine learning is our secret sauce. With it we can analyze approximately 670 billion flows of network data for anomalies — and see 110 billion potential probes for vulnerabilities — across our global IP network every day.

The evidence is in the foundation we’ve already laid for 5G on our SDN and unique cloud security capabilities. It is powered by the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), which puts us in a unique position to address cyber threats at the 5G Radio Access Network (RAN), core and edge of the network.

On the first day 5G is fully deployed, we’ll be able to detect threats AND respond to threats in near real-time, patching vulnerabilities and helping prevent attacks from being successful. With SDN and ONAP on our toolbelt, we can:

Virtualize our security controls so that we can dynamically orchestrate security across the network at a global scale.

Automate security policy throughout the network using machine learning technology to fuel our best in class threat analytics platform.

Improve agility by creating technology that automates the process of instituting firewalls and micro-perimeters to protect applications and deploying technologies that help prevent lateral movement from attackers.

Filter and scrub Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack traffic within the network in a highly-automated fashion — without customers having to deploy or manage any infrastructure.

But, nothing is hacker-proof forever: Cybersecurity will continue to be a challenge that requires everyone on the chain to assess and create new processes, tools and technology to address it. As new threats emerge, we will continue to apply more resources and technologies than ever before to help protect our network and its users from both known and unknown cyber threats—for 5G and beyond.

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May 20, 2019

AT&T creating ‘Opportunity Youth’ Internships

Posted by AT&T Washington Team

AT&T x Year Up

AT&T, with non-profit Year Up, is opening the door to internships across the U.S. for opportunity youth, defined as talented young adults seeking work who are underemployed or unemployed.

Nationally, there are an estimated 5 million young adults disconnected from stable career pathways and 12 million jobs requiring postsecondary education that will go unfilled in the next decade.1

At AT&T, we know these young people have talent and potential. So, to continue building a diverse and strong workforce, AT&T is tapping into that pipeline by committing to host 200 interns annually through Year Up by 2022.

"We need a dynamic and diverse talent pipeline to power our company — and the economy — into the future," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Inc. chairman and CEO. "Programs such as Year Up give young adults the experience they need to be career-ready and companies like AT&T the talent we need to succeed."

Year Up works to close the opportunity divide by providing young adults with the skills and experience top companies seek. The organization guides participants through a year-long program where they spend six months in the classroom and six months interning with a corporation. This combination prepares participants to be competitive in a quickly evolving workforce and positions them on a path to success.

In 2016, AT&T contributed $1 million to launch a Year Up campus in Dallas, and in 2018 hosted interns at Year Up sites in Atlanta, Dallas and Miami. We’re expanding with additional interns in 2019 to Chicago, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Sunrise, Fla., and our commitment to 200 interns is a nearly seven-fold increase over 2018.

Interns will work in a variety of positions, including retail, customer care, finance and external affairs. The expansion is part of the AT&T Aspire initiative, which provides access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.

“AT&T’s collaboration with Year Up is a clear sign of a broader commitment to inclusive hiring practices and transforming the workforce to create meaningful career pathways for all people,” said Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO. “I applaud their leadership in serving overlooked communities that help them gain the necessary skills and opportunities to drive change in communities and growth in their companies.”

One of those talented young adults is Julio Fumero, who completed his Year Up internship with AT&T in Miami in 2014. After demonstrating a remarkable work ethic and strong performance, he was hired as a full-time employee and plans to stay for the long-term, saying he wants to retire from the company.

“Without Year Up, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Fumero says. “The program taught me valuable skills that have helped me grow at AT&T — time management, writing skills, and teamwork. I feel like I’m finally on a path of success.”

AT&T’s commitment to closing the opportunity divide expands beyond our work with Year Up and includes collaborations with programs such as Per Scholas and Genesys Works. Through technology training and professional development, these organizations help young adults across the country pursue careers in tech-based industries where their skills will put them on a path to success.

1 Figures provided by Year Up.

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February 22, 2019

#DreamInBlack with Black Future Month

Posted by AT&T Washington

During Black History Month, we celebrate the legacy and awe-inspiring contributions of those committed to equality. Their efforts preserve a rich cultural heritage and pave the way for future generations.

In the spirit of honoring that excellence, AT&T’s Dream in Black presents Black Future Month, a celebration during the 28 days of Black History Month where we’ve been honoring 27 inspiring creators making history by shaping our futures, today.

But what about the 28th?

Are you someone making history in your community, or do you know someone else who is? Through this Sunday, February 24, you can nominate yourself or a trailblazer you know to be named an AT&T Future Maker by sharing a post with the hashtag #DreamInBlack. It's your last chance to nominate.

The contest winner will be listed alongside celebrities like Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer and Van Jones and have the opportunity to attend the NAACP Image Awards on March 10 in Los Angeles.

And just this week, AT&T announced its commitment to spend $3 billion with black suppliers across the U.S. by 2020.

We've also launched an exclusive emoji sticker set as part of our Black Future Month celebration.

The exclusive stickers are available via download from the iTunes or Google Play store for customers.

It’s just another way AT&T is helping people connect in meaningful ways.

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November 10, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Bob Bass

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.

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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!


Bob Bass
President — AT&T Washington

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August 02, 2017

Announcing the employee-nominated organizations receiving AT&T funding

Posted by AT&T Washington Team

Dear Friends,

Earlier this year, we asked for your ideas of organizations that AT&T* should consider supporting through a portion of the External Affairs community contributions budget. Not surprisingly, we received many nominations for incredible organizations doing important work in Washington. The nominations were carefully considered and were run through a vetting process to ensure that the organizations met AT&T’s eligibility criteria to receive funding. This took longer than we had anticipated since nominations were received for more than 80 different organizations — which is fantastic! We are pleased to announce the following employee-nominated organizations will receive funding from AT&T in 2017:

blue diamondSeattle Youth Symphony Orchestra ($2,500) The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras is the largest youth orchestra training program in the United States. Each year, it serves about 1,500 students with diverse backgrounds with four full orchestras, 3 summer festival programs, and partnerships with local public schools.

blue diamondSalmon for Soldiers($1,000) Salmon for Soldiers helps military veterans who suffer from paralysis, post-traumatic stress, brain injuries and other challenges through fishing. Activities help reduce stress while creating new relationships with others who love fishing.

blue diamondHand-in-Hand/Safe Place ($1,500) Hand-in-Hand provides care and support for children who have faced trauma, been removed from their home. They also support foster parents and offer services to families in crisis, so that children remain safe.

blue diamondCamp Prime Time ($1,500) Camp Prime Time is a place where children with a terminal/serious illness or a disability can enjoy the beauty of the mountains with their families.

blue diamondNa’ah Illahee Fund ($2,500) Na’ah Illahee is a catalyst for Native women and girls. They work with small organizations across the Pacific Northwest to promote Native women and girls as leaders and to strengthen their connections within Native communities and cultures.

blue diamondLambert House ($1,000) Lambert House is where life gets better. It is a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, providing them with daily opportunities to make friends with other young people and with supportive adults.

Each of these organizations have been notified of their award. The nominating employee for each organization will be contacted to schedule a check presentation. We look forward to promoting the great community work accomplished by each of these, as well as the other institutions that receive support from AT&T in Washington. And once again, thank you to everyone who submitted an organization to be considered.

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May 24, 2017

Carrying the Load in Washington in support of our military

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Why I Carry The Load

Enjoying a day away from the office with a few hot dogs, cold drinks and a lot of sun makes for a great Memorial Day, but that isn’t exactly what the day is all about.

In 2003, AT&T employee Matt Foster left his family, friends and future wife for an active duty deployment in the United States 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 him to get involved with 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.

At AT&T, we know our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. As a company, it is an honor to support them. As a sponsor of this year’s Carry The Load, AT&T is proud to stand behind all participants last week in Washington at the West Coast kickoff. Learn more about how to get involved and see the full relay route from coast to coast here.

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November 11, 2016

This Veterans Day, AT&T is inviting you to thank a veteran at home or a veteran you've never met

Posted by AT&T Washington Team

We are proud to join our voices to yours with the simple message to our veterans: thank you for your service!Twitter Bird

Please click here to share your story, or scroll below to view others messages of thanks.


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June 15, 2016

AT&T Washington Stands with Orlando

Posted by AT&T Washington Team

In the wake of the tragic event against the LGBT community in Orlando on June 12, AT&T is dedicated to showing our support.


AT&T wireless customers can text “Orlando” to 20222 to donate $10 to ORMC’s (Orlando Regional Medical Center) Level One Trauma Center to help with ongoing medical support needs. No text message fees apply.

The Orlando community and the Orlando Level One Trauma Center will continue to be in our thoughts.

The donation will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance.

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June 09, 2016

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June 06, 2016

Congratulations to the AT&T Washington Winners of the PVSA

Posted by Bob Bass

Dear Friends,

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”

For many AT&T employees, the answer is serving their communities in their own unique ways a few hours every month. Some have mentored students in science and math by building a robot for a national competition; others have organized a USO (United States Organizations) event for active duty service members and veterans; and a few even planned kayak trips for youth. Over a year, these individual hours of serving can add up to hundreds of service hours, which contribute to millions of hours across our company.

This month, we recognize 4,527 employees, including 148 in Washington, who logged more than 100 hours of community service in 2015. They are receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), a prestigious honor given by the President of the United States in recognition of sustained volunteer service. Many employees this year volunteered more than 500 hours and will be honored with a Gold Award for their outstanding service to their community. Additionally, we are recognizing 77 international employees who will also be honored for their service.

Here are individuals who received the honor in our state: 

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We would like to congratulate our PVSA 2015 recipients for their commitment to serving and improving the communities where they live and work. We also would like to thank them for answering the most pressing question: “what are you doing for others?”

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President — AT&T Washington

March 01, 2016

Native American Political Leadership Program

Posted by AT&T Washington Team

Full scholarship opportunity for Native American students

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship program designed to give Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduate students an educational opportunity at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The program, which receives contributions from AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, awards scholarships based on academic ability, leadership potential and an interest in politics. Native American undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to apply and can receive assistance in the application process.

Program detailsWhat does the NAPLP scholarship cover?

  • Tuition and fees for the two core classes, plus an optional third course (up to 9 credit hours total)
  • Housing in a George Washington dormitory
  • A small stipend for books and living expenses, paid in two installments
  • Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)

AT&T Foundation and the NAPLP 

Since 2005, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have contributed more than $2.5 million to George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program.

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students should apply to the program as early as possible to ensure maximum opportunities for internships in the Washington D.C. area. Some of the organizations that participate in the internship program include, but are not limited to, the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Education Association, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Indian Health Board and the White House Initiative on American Indian & Alaska Native Educators.

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February 24, 2016

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November 09, 2015

Returning to Serve Those Who Have Served

Posted by Bob Bass

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The brisk, Midwestern fall left a chill in the air — a perfect night to wrap your hands around a hot bowl of soup in a warm home. Fortunately, for nearly 500 young children in Detroit, the doors to the homeless shelter were open. Their parents had seen these kinds of rough nights before. Not just on the streets of Detroit, but — in many cases — while deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan or other locations where their country had sent them. They are veterans ... and, along with their children, they are now homeless. The person next to them in the foxhole was no longer their fellow service member. It was their child.

VolunteerOn this cold night, the warm food was being generously served by volunteers, many who had also previously served in uniform. They had returned home and moved on to other careers. But, they were trained to leave no one behind. And, so as they shared food, clothes, gift cards, go-phones and their time, they returned to service.

For one of those volunteers, Sheila Parson, this is her “night job.” During the day, she works at AT&T on the Talent Acquisitions team. Thanks to her and so many of her colleagues' tireless efforts in the company, they have been able to successfully help more than 10,000 veterans also find a career at AT&T. At night, she manages a nonprofit organization that she had formed — QSA Foundation — to help homeless children and military families, as well as volunteers with AT&T Veterans (an employee resource group dedicated to serving veterans/members of the military).

VeteransAnd as they do on so many occasions, AT&T employees and retirees, who were returning to service, transformed a shelter into a home.

For AT&T, this isn’t just about filling jobs or helping in the community around select national holidays; this is a part of our DNA. And, we’re honored by the years of recognition that G.I. Jobs Magazine has bestowed on us, naming AT&T as one of the Top 50 Most Military and Military Spouse Friendly Employers.

It’s why Sheila and more than 4,500 of her co-workers at AT&T have been recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Leading up to this Veterans Day, AT&T has been working with Cell Phones for Soldiers to host events for AT&T employees to serve homeless veterans in cities around the country.

And as we do every day, not only on the 11th day of the 11th month of every year, we say thank you: to Sheila, our other AT&T employees, retirees and every American who has worn the uniform or whose family has served. And to the 10,000 employees, who are serving our customers with the same level of professionalism you learned in the military, we know we have a lot to learn from you as we welcome you to our ranks!

Please pass the word about job openings to other veterans who may be interested — they can learn more here.


Bob Bass
President — AT&T Washington

Please watch

DIRECTV (Channel 239) and U-verse (Channel 1114) customers can watch AT&T’s original documentary “GI Jobs” starting on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on AUDIENCE® Network. “GI Jobs” documents the struggles and obstacles that veterans face to find a job after they separate from the military. They can also live  stream it on the DIRECTV App and U-verse App for smartphones and tablets, and

September 03, 2015

AT&T Washington aids wildfire disaster relief efforts

Posted by Bob Bass

Dear Friends,

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the thousands of firefighters in Washington State, and around the Northwest, for their fearless work to fight the largest series of wildfires in our state’s history.

As they continue to fight the fires, and thousands of people regroup from the damage, I would like to share how you can help as well as AT&T’s ongoing activities to support the recovery effort.

Any AT&T employee — or customer — who wishes to lend financial support to the relief effort, can donate to the American Red Cross by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999.

AT&T has donated $25,000 to Red Cross to support its hundreds of workers, providing emergency help for people impacted by the wildfires.

To help the relief effort, text REDCROSS to 90999Since the wildfires began the Red Cross has opened and supported 20 emergency shelters, providing meals, water and other emergency supplies.

We are all committed to helping these communities get back on their feet.

AT&T will continue to partner with the Red Cross, local authorities and volunteers to provide assistance and resources as needed.

I also want to acknowledge the extraordinary and tireless efforts of our AT&T team.

Our people have gone the extra mile to keep people connected during this difficult time.

Here are some of the highlights of those efforts over the past several weeks:

Bullet pointDeployed an AT&T Remote Mobility Zone (ARMZ) for 200 personnel working at the Chelan Complex Fire.

Bullet pointDispatched an ARMZ unit to support the Carpenter Road Fire (approximately 35 miles NW of Spokane) which is providing Cellular service to approximately 400 personnel.

Bullet pointSet up a 2G backpack ARMZ unit serving the Tower Fire compound near Priest Lake, Idaho providing Wi-Fi and Cellular service to approximately 250 personnel.

Bullet pointProvided a satellite Cells on Light Trucks (COLT) to support fire-fighting communications at the Chelan Complex Fire command site.

Bullet pointDeployed a charging station in Brewster, WA — the site of a large evacuation center serving people impacted by the Okanogan Complex Fire.

Bullet pointDeployed a charging station at the Red Cross site in Spokane, WA for them to use for a shelter in that area.

During times like these, words cannot express my gratitude for your generosity and compassion. Thank you for all that you do, and please continue to keep those impacted by these wildfires in your thoughts.


Bob Bass
President — AT&T Washington

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September 02, 2015

AT&T Washington Newsletter

Posted by Bob Bass

Dear Friends:

We’ve certainly had a busy 2015 so far.

We recently announced the completion of our acquisition of DIRECTV. AT&T not only helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services, we’re now also the world’s largest provider of pay TV. I'm excited to welcome DIRECTV to the AT&T family.

I am looking forward to the exciting opportunities that we face in the second half of the year, and I hope you are as well.

To find out more about what we are doing in Washington, feel free to explore our updated site. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at: if you have any questions.


Bob Bass
President — AT&T Washington

September 01, 2015

AT&T and DIRECTV are now ONE!

Posted by Bob Bass

AT&T Inc. has completed its acquisition of DIRECTV. The newly combined company — the largest pay TV provider in the United States and the world — will offer millions of people more choices for video entertainment on any screen from almost anywhere, any time.

AT&T and DIRECTV are now one!Current customers of AT&T and DIRECTV do not need to do anything as a result of the merger. They’ll continue to receive their same services, channel lineups and customer care.

Customer account information, online access and billing arrangements remain the same.

The integration of AT&T and DIRECTV will occur over the coming months. In the coming weeks, AT&T will launch new integrated TV, mobile and high-speed Internet offers that give customers greater value and convenience.

With the completion of its DIRECTV acquisition, AT&T will continue to deploy its all-fiber GigaPower Internet access service — the company’s highest-speed Internet service, which allows you to download a TV show in as little as three seconds. When the expansion is complete, AT&T’s all-fiber broadband footprint will reach more than 14 million customer locations.

“Combining DIRECTV with AT&T is all about giving customers more choices for great video entertainment integrated with mobile and high-speed Internet service,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “We’ll now be able to meet consumers’ future entertainment preferences, whether they want traditional TV service with premier programming, their favorite content on a mobile device, or video streamed over the Internet to any screen."

“This transaction allows us to significantly expand our high-speed Internet service to reach millions more households, which is a perfect complement to our coast-to-coast TV and mobile coverage,” Stephenson said. “We’re now a fundamentally different company, with a diversified set of capabilities and businesses that set us apart from the competition.”

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August 31, 2015

Calling All Data Developers!

Posted by Bob Bass

AT&T and GradNation in search of app to increase U.S. graduation rate
Help us increase the U.S. graduation rate.
Some say “two heads are better than one.” We say “the more the merrier."

Therefore, in an effort to help boost high school graduation rates, AT&T Aspire and GradNation are challenging you — the innovators, the analyzers, the educational professionals — to produce an app or interactive data visualization that is creative, original and, most importantly, will impact the U.S. high school graduation rate.

Through AT&T Aspire, AT&T invests in new tools and solutions that support college and career readiness. With GradNation, led by America’s Promise Alliance, in collaboration with Civic Enterprises and The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, we are working toward a goal of a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate in the United States by 2020.

In 2013, we hit a record high of 81.4 percent, and we are on track to meet our goal — but we need help getting there!

Meanwhile, data analytics have become a growing force for smarter business. It helps to improve decision-making, productivity and customer service. But we know that the power of better insights is not limited to business. So, we’re giving it a go to improve public service and philanthropy, too! Thus, Data for Diplomas was born.

Data for Diplomas a ChallengePost contest that kicked off on August 25, with $40,000 in prizes and the support of AT&T Aspire and GradNation. If you are a data scientist or developer, we encourage you to check out the contest, registration and the full rules on DevPost.

The contest is open now until Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.  

Winners will be announced in December!

You can use #Data4Diplomas and follow AT&T’s @ConnectToGood to get the latest contest news. 

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