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October 23, 2018

Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Receives $5,000 AT&T Contribution to Support Career Exploration Programs for High School Students

Posted by AT&T Wisconsin Team
Donation from AT&T Announced During Career Exploration Fair at Oshkosh West

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce received a $5,000 AT&T contribution today to support its career exploration programs for local high school students during an event at Oshkosh West High School.

The Oshkosh Chamber works in partnership with the local high schools to manage and coordinate the annual fall Interviewathon & Career Exploration program for juniors at Oshkosh West and Oshkosh North High Schools.  The purpose of the program is to educate students on the skills needed for future employment, as well as assist them in determining which careers they would be interested in.  About 750 students are expected to participate in this year’s program between the two high schools.

“Through this program, our mission is to help our area high school students explore potential careers and gain the skills and knowledge they need for future employment,” said John Casper, CEO of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.  “We are grateful to receive this contribution from AT&T to support our career exploration program.”

Over several months, students in the program are led through a curriculum that includes how to dress, timeliness, resume building, using resources to research potential employers, and more.  Students role-play a variety of careers with one another and with volunteers from the local business community so they can have a first-hand experience of different careers.  They also participate in “skills and interests: quizzes throughout the program to help them determine what careers best match with their passions and interests. 

“AT&T is proud to support the efforts of the Oshkosh Chamber and local high schools to prepare students for future careers,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin.  “As a company, we are committed to education and workforce development, and this program is a great way to support both.”

The final phase of the program is a one-day Interviewathon where area businesses and non-profit organizations are invited to participate and allow students to put their skills to action.

In the past three years of the program, area employers and non-profits have also benefited by finding new employees and volunteers.  Successful recruiters have utilized this as their first interview and in some cases, have hired students on the spot.  Employers are also asked to provide students with feedback on their interviewing skills, with many students gaining employment.

“This program is a great way for students to not only explore potential careers, but also gain the interview skills they need to get that first job,” said State Senator Dan Feyen.  “I commend the Oshkosh Chamber for partnering with our local high schools to help prepare our young people for the workforce.”

The mission of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Foundation is to promote and advance educational, economic and workforce development through a partnership of business and educational representatives.  To learn more, please visit: https://www.oshkoshchamber.com/

AT&T has a long-standing commitment to helping advance education.  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. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T helps provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, we’ve committed $400 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world.


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February 14, 2018

AT&T to Launch Mobile 5G in 2018

Posted by AT&T Newsroom

AT&T expects to be the first U.S. company to introduce mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by late 2018. The promise of mobile 5G is seemingly endless and we’re moving fast to make that promise a reality. 

To reach this ambitious milestone, we’ve taken a different approach to transforming our network. AT&T 5G services will be based on industry standards for 5G. To make this happen, we were one of the key drivers for standards acceleration last year. 

Because of that acceleration, 3GPP, the international wireless standards body, completed key elements of 5G new radio (NR) standards last month. With these specifications now available, hardware, chipset and device manufacturers can start development. This allows us to provide mobile 5G services sooner. We’re confident this latest standards milestone will allow us to bring 5G to market faster without compromising its long-term vision. 

“5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president, AT&T Technology and Operations. “We’re moving quickly to begin deploying mobile 5G this year and start unlocking the future of connectivity for consumers and businesses. With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more.” 

In addition to plans for offering mobile 5G to consumers this year, we expect to trial 5G technology with businesses of all sizes across industries to help them to transform business operations and create more engaging experiences for their customers. 

Taking 5G to the edge 

As standards continue to develop, 5G will advance and won’t just be about faster speeds on your phone. It will also mean much lower latency, which will be enhanced by a new range of applications utilizing edge computing. 

A quick primer: latency refers to how long it takes for the network to recognize you’ve requested a chunk of data and to start sending you that data. For example, it’s the brief delay between the moment you press play on a streaming video app and the moment the video shows up on your screen. 

We expect future 5G technologies will eventually allow future driverless vehicles to make real-time decisions based on information that goes beyond the individual sensors onboard the vehicle itself. Vehicles will be able to “see” around corners, through other vehicles, and at longer distances. This will enable vehicles to quickly make sense of their environment and help guide safe operations on the road. 

That’s what we mean about 5G unlocking a new level of experiences beyond just speed. 

As great as 5G will be, we know one size doesn’t fit all. 

In fact, 5G is just one of the technologies we’re deploying to give our customers network connections that are fast and responsive like never before. Wired or wireless, mobile or fixed, we’ve got it all covered. Other areas we’re working on include: 

LTE 

In 2017, we turbo-charged our LTE network and deployed advanced features in all of our markets, which greatly enhanced coverage and capacity. We were the first to launch LTE-LAA and expect to launch the technology in at least 2 dozen additional metros this year. 

AT&T 5G Evolution 

We’ve been hard at work this past year laying the foundation for mobile 5G with the launch of 5G Evolution in 23 major metros; Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Buffalo, New York; Chicago; Fresno; Greenville, South Carolina; Hartford, Connecticut; Houston; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Louisville; Memphis; Nashville; New Orleans; Oklahoma City; Pittsburgh; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; Tulsa, Oklahoma and Sacramento, California offering immersive entertainment experiences like augmented and virtual reality while on the go. 

While we’re rolling out mobile 5G in 2018, we also plan to continue to enhance our network with 5G Evolution technology in hundreds of additional metro areas. We will give you more options to access our latest wireless network offers by making additional 5G Evolution capable devices available throughout the year. 

LTE-M 

We also deployed our nationwide low-power wide-area LTE-M network in the U.S. in 2017. Plus, Mexico’s first LTE-M network is now network ready, creating the first North American LTE-M footprint. LTE-M supports large-scale Internet of Things solutions, like smart city services, smart metering, asset tracking, supply chain management, security and alarm monitoring, and personal wearables. It offers extended battery life, lower-cost modules, improved coverage underground and deep inside buildings and carrier-grade security. With these advantages, LTE-M is already spurring innovation such as the AT&T LTE-M Button, and enabling devices to be connected that were not possible before. 

Fixed Wireless Internet 

In 2017, we brought high-speed internet access to over 440,000 locations across 18 states in mostly rural areas through technologies like Fixed Wireless Internet, as part of the FCC Connect America Fund. In 2018, we plan to reach over 660,000 total locations and 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020 in those 18 states. 

As a leader in the development and implementation of Fixed Wireless Internet, we’re laying the foundation for the future of how we’ll bring consumer and business customers faster high-quality internet over a combination of wireless and wired connections, particularly in previously hard to reach locations. 

Fixed 5G and AirGig 

Last year, we also launched pre-standards 5G fixed wireless trials in Austin, Texas; Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana with residential, small business, and education customers. We also launched 2 Project AirGig trials, our innovative technology offering transport for ultra-fast low latency internet over power lines. One was in Georgia and the other international. 

Fiber for Consumers and Businesses 

In 2017, we reached more than 7 million locations across 67 metros nationwide where we market our ultra-fast low-latency internet service powered by AT&T Fiber. In 2018, we plan to add 3 million more locations on our path to reach at least 12.5 million locations across at least 82 metro areas by mid-2019. New metros areas where we plan to bring our 100% fiber network include Amarillo, Texas; Beaumont, Texas; Evansville, Indiana; Gainesville, Florida; Panama City, Florida; Springfield, Missouri and Waco, Texas.(1) 

On our fastest internet service, AT&T Internet 1000, you can download 25 songs in 1 second, a TV show in 4 seconds or your favorite HD movie in less than 34 seconds.(2) 

Additionally, we’re the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services with more than 8 million business customer locations either on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber. An ultra-fast internet connection powered by AT&T Fiber lets you easily telecommute, videoconference, upload and download large files and connect faster to the cloud. 

G.fast

In 2017, we began offering internet speeds up to 500 megabits per second with G.fast for multifamily properties across 8 metro areas outside of our 21-state traditional service area. We’ve also announced plans to give consumers a new choice for internet in apartment communities in an additional 14 metro areas areas.(3) In 2018, we plan to launch G.fast to apartment communities within our 21-state footprint. 

G.fast allows us to provide residents in existing multifamily properties an ultra-high speed internet connection without placing new home run inside wire, making it a breeze to upgrade an apartment building to stream live video on DIRECTV NOW and more. 

(1) Based on the number of Fiber-to-the-Home households using publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T footprint. 
(2) Speed/Time examples are estimates. Estimate for HD movie is based on a 90-minute HD movie. 
(3) Actual speeds will vary. See att.net/speedtiers and att.com/speed101 for more information. 

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January 31, 2018

Congress needs to establish an 'Internet Bill of Rights'

Posted by Scott T. VanderSanden

You've heard a lot about net neutrality in the news lately.

I want to share with you AT&T's perspective on the issue.

You should know that AT&T is committed to an open internet. We don't block websites. We don't censor online content. And we don't throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period.

We favor federal legislation to ensure that there is one set of rules that applies to all internet companies, and includes internet and privacy protections for consumers.

A patchwork of different state rules would confuse consumers, harm competition, and impede innovation and investment.
Net neutrality
Congress needs to act to establish an "Internet Bill of Rights" that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.

For more information, I wanted you to see the open letter that our Chairman shared recently in major national newspapers.

Sincerely,

Scott T. VanderSanden
President — AT&T Wisconsin


Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

PeopleGovernment rules for the internet have been debated for nearly as long as the internet has existed, even before a professor coined the term “net neutrality” 15 years ago.


The internet has changed our lives and grown beyond what anyone could have imagined. And it’s done so, for the most part, with very few—but often changing—rules. Regulators under four different presidents have taken four different approaches. Courts have overturned regulatory decisions. Regulators have reversed their predecessors. And because the internet is so critical to everyone, it’s understandably confusing and a bit concerning when you hear the rules have recently changed, yet again.

It is time for Congress to end the debate once and for all, by writing new laws that govern the internet and protect consumers.

Until they do, I want to make clear what you can expect from AT&T.

AT&T is committed to an open internet. We don’t block websites. We don’t censor online content. And we don’t throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period.

We have publicly committed to these principles for over 10 years. And we will continue to abide by them in providing our customers the open internet experience they have come to expect.

But the commitment of one company is not enough. Congressional action is needed to establish an “Internet Bill of Rights” that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.

Legislation would not only ensure consumers’ rights are protected, but it would provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies across all websites, content, devices and applications. In the very near future, technological advances like self-driving cars, remote surgery and augmented reality will demand even greater performance from the internet. Without predictable rules for how the internet works, it will be difficult to meet the demands of these new technology advances.

That’s why we intend to work with Congress, other internet companies and consumer groups in the coming months to push for an “Internet Bill of Rights” that permanently protects the open internet for all users and encourages continued investment for the next generation of internet innovation.

Randall Stephenson
AT&T Chairman and CEO

December 18, 2017

Wisconsin to Transform Communications for Public Safety

Posted by Scott T. VanderSanden

I’d like to share some exciting and historic news with you.

Gov. Scott Walker has announced that he has accepted the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to Wisconsin’s public safety community. Wisconsin is the most recent state to opt in to FirstNet, bringing advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities.

Read more below.

We’ve appreciated the chance to work with the Governor’s team, public safety leaders statewide, and state legislators to address their questions and craft a strong plan for Wisconsin. We look forward to working with the public safety community and leaders statewide to create an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications.

Sincerely,

Scott T. VanderSanden
President — AT&T Wisconsin



Gov. Walker approves buildout plan for First Responder Network

First-of-its-Kind Solution Will Spur Investment and Modernize Public Safety Communications across Wisconsin

On Friday, Gov. Scott Walker announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help Wisconsin’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

“Clear and reliable communication is essential for first responders to do their jobs effectively,” said Gov. Walker. “This new partnership provides crucial, secure, and robust broadband access to our first responders and public safety personnel to help them save lives when every second counts. I look forward to FirstNet and AT&T implementing their plan and its widespread positive effect in protecting Wisconsin’s communities.”



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AT&T, in a public private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Wisconsin’s public safety community at no cost to the state for the next 25 years.

The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

FirstNet will transform the way Wisconsin’s fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, it will:

  • Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies and supporting large events like college and professional sporting games.
  • Create an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters and severe weather, including tornadoes, snowstorms, blizzards and flooding.
  • Enhance and expand network coverage along Wisconsin’s lakes and waterways to cover areas underserved today, benefitting first responders and residents throughout the state’s rural communities.
  • Provide first responders with access to dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support when needed. 
  • Usher in a new wave of dependable innovations for first responders. This will create an ever-evolving set of life-saving tools for public safety, including public safety apps, specialized devices and Internet of Things technologies. It also carries the potential for future integration with NextGen 911 networks and Smart Cities’ infrastructure.


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The First Responder Network Authority and AT&T designed Wisconsin’s network solution with direct input from the state’s public safety community. The Authority has been meeting with Wisconsin’s officials and public safety personnel for several years to address their unique communication needs. These include:

  • Expanding wireless coverage in rural, tribal and underserved areas.
  • Enabling state, local and federal agencies to effectively communicate and coordinate along Wisconsin’s borders.
  • Increasing capacity during emergencies and natural disasters through the use of deployable network assets.
  • Using existing state infrastructure where necessary and appropriate.


“By joining the FirstNet network, Gov. Walker has made public safety a priority, choosing the best network communications solution for the state,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “FirstNet brings new technologies to emergency first responders in Wisconsin over the most modernized and advanced broadband network available today. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Badger State.”

The decision enables the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Wisconsin’s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service, priority and preemption to voice and data across the FirstNet network.

By opting in to FirstNet, fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers subscribing to the service will have dedicated access to the information they need, when and where they need it – 24/7/365, like their mission.

“We applaud Governor Walker for opting in to FirstNet and giving Wisconsin’s public safety community the cutting-edge technologies they need to help protect and save lives,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “AT&T is honored to work with the state to bring FirstNet to Wisconsin, and to give our first responders the innovative communication tools they deserve.”

For more information on FirstNet, please visit FirstNet.gov/mediakit and att.com/FirstResponderNews. For more about the value FirstNet will bring to public safety, please visit FirstNet.com.

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November 08, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Scott T. VanderSanden

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,

Scott T. VanderSanden
President — AT&T Wisconsin

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October 13, 2017

AT&T Brings Faster Network, Better Access to Mobile Internet for Customers

Posted by Scott T. VanderSanden

Great news!

AT&T is improving service for its customers across Wisconsin to keep residents connected wherever they live, work and play.

So far in 2017, AT&T has made 418 enhancements to our networks here in Wisconsin to give customers faster, more reliable wireless services.

These AT&T network investments include:

ArrowThe addition of 24 new cell towers throughout Wisconsin to our 4G LTE network;

ArrowThe expansion of our 4G LTE network coverage to 83 cell towers in communities across the state; and

ArrowThe addition of network capacity on 256 cell towers across Wisconsin.

These investments include the addition of 24 new cell towers on AT&T’s 4G LTE network in Baraboo (2), Black River Falls (3), Eau Claire, Fitchburg, Fremont, Hixton (2), Juneau, North Freedom, Osseo (2), Pleasant Prairie, Sauk City, Sparta, Tomah (2), Warrens, Wausau (2), Wauwatosa and Wisconsin Dells.

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

AT&T is proud of our commitment to Wisconsin. We invested nearly $725 million in our Wisconsin wireless and wired networks from 2014 to 2016, including 588 wireless network upgrades across the state in 2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses.

These network enhancements also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

AT&T has entered into a public-private partnership with FirstNet to build and manage America’s first-ever nationwide broadband network for first responders. Should Wisconsin opt in to the FirstNet network, we expect to make a significant investment to build, upgrade and maintain the FirstNet network in Wisconsin over the next 25 years, bringing our state’s first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.

We are proud of our investment across Wisconsin, and we are excited for what the future holds.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I’m here to help.

Sincerely,

Scott T. VanderSanden
President — AT&T Wisconsin

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September 18, 2017

AT&T pledges $1.4M to hurricane relief in communities hit by Harvey & Irma with new matching donation

Posted by Scott T. VanderSanden

The devastation wrought by disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey require a long-term effort to rebuild. Team Rubicon and its cadre of high-skilled, mostly veteran volunteers are the best of the best. And we’re proud to stand with them. So now, let us come to together and raise $2 million.

Team rubicon
AT&T will match each dollar donated to Team Rubicon through the text-to-donate program, no matter which wireless carrier you use, up to $1 million. By texting RUBICON to 80077, $10 will be donated by the customer to Team Rubicon (TR), a veteran-led disaster response organization, and then matched by AT&T.*

During disasters, our communities need rapid response, as well as sustained recovery. That’s why AT&T is committing to donate another $1.4 million to hurricane relief, which includes:

  • The $1 million matching donation to Team Rubicon

 

  • $150,000 to Telecoms Sans Frontieres, a group that is working to reestablish connectivity for emergency responders and communities in the Caribbean

 

  • And finally $250,000 to local charities in states impacted by Irma. We will work with state officials to direct the $250,000 donations where they can be most beneficial.


In response to Hurricane Harvey, AT&T previously contributed $100,000 to the Greater Houston Community Fund, $100,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund and $50,000 to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in South Texas.

To learn more about our response to Hurricane Irma, Click here. And, click here to learn about our response to Hurricane Harvey.

Together we can rebuild.

Thanks,

Scott T. VanderSanden
President — AT&T Wisconsin

*Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 90999 to STOP. Text HELP to 90999 for HELP. Full Terms and privacy policy: https://mgive.org/terms-of-service.aspx

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September 08, 2017

Heading Back to School

Posted by Scott T. VanderSanden

Dear Friend,

I want to wish all of our youth, from kindergarteners to seniors in college, the best of luck with their studies as a new school year begins. This time of the year is exciting and usually synonymous with words like “change” and “transformation.” At AT&T, that feeling of innovation never goes away because we are always planning for the future in Wisconsin. From healthcare to education, AT&T is finding innovative solutions to help us all become smarter, healthier and more connected. That’s why I am excited to share the stories below with you today.

Sincerely,

Scott T. VanderSanden
President — AT&T Wisconsin

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September 07, 2017

Closing the ‘homework gap’ for our students

Posted by AT&T Wisconsin Team

closing the homework gap

Technology and learning go hand in hand. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the internet at home, making it hard for kids to do homework and learn at their own pace and for families to stay up to date and connect with teachers.  
 
That’s why The National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and AT&T have teamed up to help close the “homework gap” and ensure SNAP-eligible families in select states1 have the resources they need for children to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
 
Through their collaboration, National PTA and AT&T will help qualifying families connect to low-cost internet service through Access from AT&T. The Access program offers those families a 10Mbps internet connection at home for $10 per month.2 You can visit ATT.com/Access for full details.
 
Together, the National PTA and AT&T will also teach parents how students are using digital technology in the classroom. Families will get tips about using technology and the internet to support their child's education at home. For example, the AT&T Digital You® portal includes English and Spanish language resources and tools for getting online, using technology safely, using online learning sites, job searching and more.
 
"Technology and the internet have created countless opportunities for teaching and learning. Having access to both is essential for students to develop the skills they need to be competitive," said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. "Increasing internet access for families is critical to help make sure all students have every opportunity for success."
 
For more information about National PTA and AT&T's collaboration, visit PTA.org/DigitalAccess.
 

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1Available only in the AT&T 21-state wireline footprint. In California only SSI recipients also may qualify.

2 Additional eligible speed tiers (5Mbps for id="mce_marker"0 a month or 3Mbps/1.5Mbps/768Kbps for $5 a month) may be provided, depending on availability at your address. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary based on factors, including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors and device capabilities, and are not guaranteed. For more information, go to att.com/speed101. Pricing excludes taxes. Service will include a monthly data allowance of either 150GB or 1TB of data/mo. depending on the type and speed of service you receive. If you exceed your monthly data plan allowance, you will be automatically charged id="mce_marker"0 for each 50GB of data usage in excess of your data plan, even if less than 50 gigabytes is used. For more information, go to att.com/internet-usage. Other restrictions apply. Go to att.com/access for full details.

September 06, 2017

WATCH: Helping the blind ‘see’ the solar eclipse

Posted by AT&T Wisconsin Team

Solar eclipse

Click here to watch the video

On Aug. 21, people across the U.S. stepped outside and experienced one of nature’s most visual phenomena — a total solar eclipse. But, what about people who are blind?
 
The start-up Aira had a possible solution.
 
Aira came to the Connected Health AT&T Foundry to improve wireless connectivity for their ground-breaking platform, using smart glasses and remote technology to connect those with diminished vision. The user, called an Aira Explorer, taps on the glasses to connect to an Aira agent who offers assistance. Using a video camera, the agents can “see” from the wearer’s perspective in near real time. Then, the agent can communicate back to the wearer.
 
On Aug. 21, a Nashville-based Aira Explorer stepped outside, connected with his Aira agent and began to experience the eclipse through his mind’s eyes. The conversation broadcasted live, sharing the audio eclipse experience for all.

But we didn’t want to stop there, so AT&T tapped Georgia Tech’s Sonification Lab to develop a soundtrack built using eclipse data. Think of it as an eclipse soundtrack driven by data. In lab, the team of students and researchers, based out of the School of Psychology and School of Interactive Computing, has been taking images and data points from past eclipses and turning them into sounds that showcase what is happening in the sky.

So, while millions watched the sky, people who are blind were able to listen as the sun and moon created a symphony of their own. A symphony that will now, through the power of technology and the AT&T network, be more accessible to all.

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September 05, 2017

Start the School Year Strong with the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge!

Posted by AT&T Wisconsin Team

Khan Academy Learn Storm

As students swap out their beach bags for backpacks, it can be a tough transition back to the classroom after summer break. Some studies show that a full month of learning may be lost during this short period away from school.

Share LearnStorm with your student's teacher

To help students get back in the groove of school, AT&T is teaming up with Khan Academy to help ensure that teachers and students have the tools needed to start the school year strong. Khan Academy’s LearnStorm is a free, 6-week online challenge from Sept. 12 to Oct. 20 that will help students build the skills and mindsets they’ll need for a successful year of learning.
 
LearnStorm is open to all learners in grades 3 through 12, with an enhanced experience for educators in accredited U.S. schools or homeschools who sign up their classes. Teachers or parents assign videos, exercises and educational articles to students. Students then complete the assignments on their computers or mobile devices to earn prizes individually, for their class and for their school!
 
Share LearnStorm with your student's teacher to get their classroom signed up today! You can also sign your child up for Khan Academy and have them complete the LearnStorm challenge on their own, starting Sept. 12.

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September 04, 2017

More competitive tax rates will fuel investment, encourage hiring and increase wages

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tax code in Wisconsin


We know that when more people are working, they have more money to spend. And, when investment increases, so does economic activity and hiring.
 
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make the United States more competitive globally and to unlock domestic investment and job creation by businesses of all sizes.

Fixing our broken tax code — which just about everyone agrees is too complex and confusing — is essential to jump-starting private sector investment and accelerating economic growth.

At AT&T, we are confident that these reforms will encourage all businesses to step up their capital investment plans. Indeed, significant and comprehensive tax reform will put AT&T in a position to invest more, such as in efforts to expand our broadband fiber and wireless build-out.

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August 14, 2017

Connecting people to opportunity: AT&T Annual Sustainability Report

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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 24, 2017

AT&T honoring our nation’s heroes

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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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April 03, 2017

AT&T to Deliver Nation's First-Ever Public Safety Network

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There’s no connection more important than one that can save a life. During emergencies, lives depend on public safety personnel communicating without interruption. Unfortunately today, police, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel often lack the interoperable communications capabilities needed to coordinate and communicate across agencies and jurisdictions when disaster strikes.

That’s why FirstNet, an independent authority established by Congress in 2012, has just selected AT&T to build and manage America’s first-ever nationwide broadband network dedicated to first responders. This is a major step forward for public safety and for the broadband network our nation’s first responders have fought for and deserve.

The FirstNet network will strengthen and modernize public safety’s communications capabilities, enabling them to coordinate and respond more quickly and effectively during day-to-day operations, as well as man-made and natural disasters. The ability to share data, videos and photos — and to access apps — can provide life-saving insights even before emergency personnel arrive on the scene.

FirstNet

Our employees represent a nearly 140-year-old heritage of providing innovative, robust, resilient networking capabilities for first responders and public safety agencies. We look forward to collaborating with FirstNet and each of the 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia to develop adoption plans specific to their needs.

For more information on the selection of AT&T, please visit att.com/FirstResponderNews.

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November 18, 2016

Life Academy Program at Green Valley Enterprises Earns Support from AT&T

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Contribution Supports the Green Valley’s “Life Academy” program to help students with diverse Needs

BEAVER DAM, WI, Nov. 18, 2016 — AT&T is supporting Green Valley Enterprises’ Life Academy program to help students with diverse needs transition into adulthood. 

The Life Academy helps the transition into adulthood for 18-21 year old students with special needs who have met academic requirements to graduate from high school.

“The addition of these new course materials will help our students to reach their full potential,” said Brian Jacobson, Executive Director, Green Valley Enterprises. “We could not do the work we do without the generous support of others and we appreciate AT&T’s contribution to help us serve students.”

AT&T is contributing $2,500 to Green Valley Enterprises to purchase books and course materials to help the students do fact-based and experienced-based training for different types of careers.

“Young people with diverse needs and their parents rely on the work of Green Valley Enterprises as they work toward living independent lives,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “Green Valley Enterprises is a shining example a local Wisconsin organization focused on its mission, and AT&T is proud to offer our support to bring students these important learning tools.”

“The Life Academy program is making a difference by helping young people with diverse needs transition into becoming adults,” said Rep. Mark Born. “I admire the important work that the team at Green Valley Enterprises is doing to help them, and appreciate the great support to the Life Academy program from AT&T.”

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November 18, 2016

Dual Enrollment Academy at Waukesha County Technical College earns AT&T support

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Contribution from AT&T to WCTC program for high school students to take college-level courses in key programs

BEAVER DAM, WI, Nov. 18, 2016 — AT&T is contributing $5,000 to the Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) Foundation to support the Dual Enrollment Academy program.

The Dual Enrollment Academy at WCTC is a program that allows high school seniors to take college-level courses in programs that have high-skill, high-demand, and high-wage employment opportunities.

“AT&T is committed to supporting educational opportunities that help students achieve academic success today so they can become the leaders, innovators and workers of tomorrow,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “We are proud to support the Dual Enrollment Academy at Waukesha Technical College because it is helping students prepare themselves for success in college and careers.”

WCTC’s Dual Enrollment Academy is designed to provide high school seniors with a head start in jobs in high-demand fields while providing them an opportunity to earn college credits – prior to high school graduation. The initiative awards participants with a WCTC diploma (upon successful completion) along with high school credits.

“We want to help students recognize the tremendous career opportunities available to them and how the Dual Enrollment Academy will give them a head start on realizing those opportunities,” said Ellen S. Phillips, president of the WCTC Foundation. “AT&T is a valued supporter of our efforts, and we are able to help enhance and grow our relationships with partnering Dual Enrollment Academy employers, thanks to its generous support.”

AT&T has more than 3,000 employees in Wisconsin and, from 2013 through 2015, the company invested more than $835 million in its wired and wireless networks in the state.

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November 16, 2016

More Students to Receive Help Toward Graduating Thanks to $5,000 AT&T Contribution to Program at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay

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Contribution Supports “BE GREAT: Graduate” Program that Helps More Teens Graduate from High School

GREEN BAY, Nov. 15, 2016 — AT&T is helping Green Bay students stay on track to graduate from high school through a contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay. The $5,000 AT&T contribution supports the Club’s successful graduation initiative.

Called “Be GREAT: Graduate,” the program is helping more students graduate from high school by providing weekly academic support for students who may be at risk of dropping out of school. The program will help 115 Green Bay area teens succeed academically and graduate from high school.

Currently, about one in five students in the U.S. does not graduate high school with their peers.

“Today, too many teenage students, especially those from families with lower incomes, drop out of high school and are unable to recover from that decision academically,” said John Benberg, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay. “At the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, our graduation program is working, but it requires resources. We are excited that AT&T is yet again supporting this program and helping these young students improve their lives forever.”

“The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay is making a real difference in the lives of these students, by encouraging them to stay focused academically for a better education and a better life,” said State Rep. John Macco. “The ‘BE GREAT: Graduate’ program is working, and we appreciate the support it receives from a good corporate citizen, AT&T.”

AT&T has contributed more than $170,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay over the last four years.

“It is vitally important that these students continue their road to academic achievement, because they are tomorrow’s workers, dreamers and leaders,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay program is working because students are graduating, and at AT&T we are excited to support it and the difference makes for even more young lives in Green Bay.”

BE GREAT: Graduate is a coaching program designed to help at-risk students bridge the difficult gap between middle and high school and ultimately achieve academic success. Each graduate (middle school age Boys & Girls Club Members) is paired with a graduation coach (trusting, caring adult/staff) who is charged with nurturing and building the relationship to a point where trust is developed. This relationship is the cornerstone on which the program is built. The graduation coach is given information about the graduate’s attendance, behavior and academic progress. This is the basis for weekly meetings that focus on the graduate’s strengths and develops problem solving strategies for areas in need of improvement. The graduation coach also works to open the lines of communication between the Club, the schools, and home.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay has a formal partnership with Green Bay Area Public Schools to identify students at risk, provide timely access to school performance records, and work together to boost school engagement.

AT&T Aspire is the company’s signature education initiative focused on school success and career readiness. With an unwavering commitment to data-driven education outcomes, AT&T Aspire has impacted more than 1 million students since its launch in 2008. AT&T Aspire is the company’s signature philanthropic program and a $350 million commitment to education, designed to help students succeed in school, the workforce and in life. As part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T supports programs including the BE GREAT: Graduate program at the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, because we recognize the importance of educational opportunity, and we want to help young learners access it.

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November 08, 2016

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

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

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

 

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September 20, 2016

Dane County Humane Society Receives $5,000 AT&T Cares Award Thanks to AT&T Pioneers in Wisconsin

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Award will continue growing the Dane County Humane Society’s lifesaving program for animals in its care 

MADISON, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 – Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) will continue to grow its lifesaving work for animals thanks to a $5,000 AT&T Cares Award.

The organization was nominated for the award by the Wisconsin Chapter of the AT&T Pioneers, a volunteer organization comprised of AT&T employees and retirees working to help make a difference in their communities. AT&T Pioneers volunteer at DCHS and were inspired by the spirit of hundreds of volunteers who help the organization.

“We are truly thankful to the AT&T Pioneers for this generous recognition and support to help grow our lifesaving work for animals in Dane County,” said Pam McCloud Smith, executive director, Dane County Humane Society. “Thanks to this AT&T Cares donation, we can find more new homes for more animals. This is really great news.”

Dane County Humane Society is a private, non-profit open admission shelter saving all of the healthy and treatable animals who come into its care. About 9,000 animals, including companion animals, exotic species, farm animals and orphaned or injured wildlife, pass through its doors every year. DCHS accepts all animals that need assistance no matter their age, health status, or temperament. In addition, DCHS guarantees that all healthy companion animals and those with treatable medical/behavioral conditions will find new homes.

“This AT&T Cares donation will help Dane County Humane Society improve the lives of more animals and the people who welcome them into new, caring homes,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “The AT&T Pioneers in Wisconsin continue to step forward by volunteering and supporting important community initiatives here in Dane County and throughout the state. We are proud of their volunteer leadership that helps make a difference for people throughout Wisconsin. ”

“Dane County Humane Society continues to do remarkable work to provide shelter to animals in need in Madison and throughout Dane County. This contribution is great news because it will help the Humane Society save more animals and find them good homes,” said Wisconsin State Representative Chris Taylor. “We appreciate the volunteer efforts of the AT&T Pioneers. Initiatives like this help improve the quality of life for our residents and the animals who become part of their families.”

To learn more about Dane County Humane Society, log on to: www.GiveShelter.org.

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