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New Connections on the Horizon in Carbon Hill
By Fred McCallum, President — AT&T Alabama

Carbon Hill has been proposed by AT&T as one of two locations in the country where we will implement a new trial technology program overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This will serve as the model for providing our customers with access to our ultra-fast, Internet-based network.

What we learn together in Carbon Hill will enable cities, small towns and rural communities across America to take advantage of this communications technology.

We are excited to work with our customers, to hear about their experiences and to understand what we can do to make their transition to the future of technology safe, easy, simple and seamless. We will be on the ground in Carbon Hill talking to customers about their communications needs, so that we can find solutions and put them in place — both here in Alabama and around the country.

I am excited that Carbon Hill has been selected for this trial. AT&T and our Alabama employees are proud to be a part of the fabric of our state. We live and work here; we send our children and grandchildren to the local schools; we cheer on the local sports teams; and we shop at the local stores. We know we provide more than just a service; we are connecting our friends, our neighbors and our communities to another. This trial will help ensure that AT&T can continue giving Carbon Hill, and all of Alabama, the efficient, reliable and affordable connections they want.

Read more about the National Technology Trial.


The Carbon Hill community engages with the It Can Wait® movement

Posted by Mickey Harbin, AT&T Alabama Executive Director for Legislative and External Affairs on October 13, 2014

According to the National Safety Council, texting while driving was involved in more than 200,000 vehicle crashes in 2012, often causing injuries and deaths.(1) Here in Alabama, texting while driving is a primary offense.Fred McCallum TV Interview on ICW It’s a dangerous act, but working together, we have the power to stop texting while driving and help end the behavior once and for all.

At AT&T, we are dedicated to empowering consumers to use technology responsibly and make the communities where we work and live safer. By sharing the no texting while driving message with our loved ones, colleagues and neighbors, we can influence others to stop.

We know the sense of community is strong here in Carbon Hill from the work we’ve done in meeting with folks and listening to them as part of the IP trials. That strong sense of community will be vital as we work to make our roadways safer and change behavior.

That’s why we brought our It Can Wait no texting while driving campaign to Carbon Hill recently.  Hundreds of students joined us in the school auditorium to hear from local officials about this dangerous habit. 

Dr. Gypsy Stovall, principal of Carbon Hill High, kicked off the presentation to students.  State Sen. Greg Reed spoke about how we can make a difference in the community by reaching out to friends and families. And students from the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club, helped speak and organize the event.

After the assembly, local leaders and students had the opportunity to take a spin on our vehicle simulator that demonstrates the dangers of texting while driving firsthand.

State Senator Greg Reed using ICW simulator

At a time when afterschool activities are in full swing and new drivers are hitting the road, this was a great opportunity for AT&T and the Carbon Hill community to raise awareness and provide solutions to texting while driving.

We couldn’t be more grateful for the support of the Carbon Hill community. The principal, FCCLA students and others have taken an active role in reaching out to community members, especially teens. On average, teens send five times as many text messages a day as a typical adult(2) and 75 percent of teens surveyed said texting while driving is “common” among their friends.(3)

The truth is though, it’s not just teens – and it’s not just texting. Nearly half of commuters self-reported texting while driving, and 43 percent of those who did called it a “habit.”(4) What’s more, drivers face other distractions like tweeting, emailing and surfing the web behind the wheel too.

The good news is that with the help of thousands of advocates across the country, more than five million personal commitments to never text and drive have been made. Thanks to the engagement of communities like Carbon Hill, we can make texting while driving a problem of the past.

(1) Annual Estimate of Cell Phone Crashes 2012 Report published by the National Safety Council.

(2) Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Research.

(3) AT&T national online survey among 1,200 teenagers aged 15 –19 years old on their driving and texting habits.

(4)Commuter survey conducted by ResearchNow on behalf of AT&T.

AT&T sets up for Hillfest in downtown Carbon Hill

Posted by Terri Williams, Regional Director for Legislative and External Affairs for AT&T Alabama on September 22, 2014
No one can say that the Carbon Hill community doesn’t know how to maximize summertime family fun as long as possible. As the season slowly changes from summer to fall, Hillfest 2014 kicked off...

Generations learning together

Posted by Terri Williams, Regional Director for Legislative and External Affairs on August 06, 2014
It has been such a pleasure for me to spend time in the Carbon Hill area over the last few months. Along the way, I’ve met some folks who have made my job and my time in the Carbon Hill...

Updating You On Our Progress in Carbon Hill

Posted by Fred McCallum on June 18, 2014
We all know the way we communicate is changing. When I talk to friends and neighbors, business owners and customers across Alabama, we marvel at how far we’ve come: from corded phones attached...

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