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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.



AT&T Statement on FCC's Tech Transitions Order

“In the National Broadband Plan, the Commission clearly recognized the critical need to modernize our country’s communications system, and carriers have invested billions of dollars to make this happen. The ongoing transition from a circuit-switched network to an IP-based platform – over which voice, data and video services converge – has created extraordinary opportunities for consumers.  The order adopted today threatens to stifle this transition by erecting new regulatory obstacles that serve to benefit not consumers, investment or competition but rather select companies."

“The FCC cannot call on the industry to invest in more fiber deployment, raise the bar for what qualifies as a broadband service and then make it more difficult to retire services that do not even qualify as broadband.  We share the Commission’s goal to protect consumers as this revolutionary technological movement continues. But requiring carriers to prolong the use of and maintain an outdated infrastructure is not the way to go about doing that.”

This statement can be found in it's entirety here.


National Digital You Program

Posted by AT&T Alabama Team on August 12, 2015
Get Your Internet Game On - Safely!

AT&T launches Digital You - a national program to teach you ways to help protect yourself online

Do you know someone who claims they’re “too old” to get online? Or who has had their email — or social media — account compromised? Anyone who has been bullied online? Someone who has posted something they later regretted?

If so, you are not alone!

That is why AT&T, with the help of Common Sense Media, AARP and other national community organizations, is launching Digital You.

This new program is designed to help educate and empower people to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience.

Digital You includes features like:

bullet pointA new AT&T website (digitalyou.att.comoffering research-based materials about how to use devices safely and effectively for parents, youth, seniors, people with disabilities and others, with key information in Spanish.

bullet pointCommunity events, training and discussions are led by AT&T employees and community organizations across the country.

bullet pointDigital Compass, a free, interactive game, was developed by Common Sense Media to help teach pre-teens how to make smart decisions online.
   

Digital You can help you take advantage of what the Internet has to offer — while also teaching you ways to help protect yourself from identity theft, online harassment and scams.

So get your Internet game on! Check out Digital You at:
digitalyou.att.com.

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21%  of Internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over by someone else without permissionof Internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over by someone else without permission.[1]

 
 

33% of disconnected adults say that they stay offline because accessing the Web is too difficult or frustrating; they are physically unable; or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware or hackers

of disconnected adults say that they stay offline because accessing the Web is too difficult or frustrating; they are physically unable; or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware or hackers. [2]



43% of teens (13-17 years old) say they have posted something online that they later regrettedof teens  (13-17 years old) say they have posted something online that they later regretted.[3]
 

>40% of teens (13-17 years old) have been bullied online — 25% report it has happened more than onceof teens (13-17 years old) have been bullied online — 25% report it has happened more than once.[4]
 

 

 

[1]Pew Research Center, “Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online,” September 5, 2013
[2]Pew Research Center, ”Who’s Not Online and Why,” September 25, 2013
[3] Moessner, Chris. "Cyberbullying, Trends and Tudes." NCPC.org. Accessed February 10, 2014, http://www.ncpc.org/resources/files/pdf/bullying/Cyberbullying%20Trends %20-%20Tudes.pdf.
[4]The Online Generation Gap: Contrasting attitudes and behaviors of Parent and Teens, Submitted to The Family Online Safety Institute by Hart Research Associates, Nov. 14, 2012.
 

Providing Accessible Connections for Our Customers

Posted by Terri Williams, Regional Director for Legislative and External Affairs for AT&T Alabama on August 04, 2015
At AT&T, connecting our customers – using the newest and best products, services and technologies – is our job. The trial technology programs in Carbon Hill and the West Delray Beach...

Celebrating Seniors & Attending the M4A Older Americans Picnic

Posted by Terri Williams, Regional Director for Legislative and External Affairs for AT&T Alabama on May 15, 2015
It was great to get out and celebrate seniors and enjoy a beautiful day last week at the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging’s (M4A) Older Americans Picnic. The picnic took place at the Sumiton...

Learning from Alabamians with Vision Loss

Posted by Terri Williams, Regional Director for Legislative and External Affairs for AT&T Alabama on May 04, 2015
On Thursday, April 22, AT&T Alabama team members and I participated in the National Federation of the Blind of Alabama Northwest Chapter’s first “Living with Vision Loss” health...

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