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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.

Congratulating Carbon Hill FCCLA

Posted by Terri Williams, Regional Director for Legislative and External Affairs for AT&T Alabama on September 24, 2015

First Place STAR Event Award Winner at the Alabama FCCLA Leadership Conference and STAR Event Silver Award Winner at the FCCLA Leadership Conference

As part of the IP trials taking place here in Carbon Hill, we’ve looked to engage and inform our customers and members of this community. Our goal has been to share information and updates about the trial itself and to talk more broadly about the benefits the transition will bring about. An important part of this outreach has been with local seniors to answer questions about how smartphones and tablets work and how digital devices and technologies can make their lives - and connecting with the folks that they love – easier.

AT&T has been incredibly fortunate to have many wonderful partners in these efforts. One of the most inspiring is the Carbon Hill High School chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The Carbon Hill High School chapter of FCCLA has created a senior “tech training and literacy” program, with local high school students working one-on-one with local seniors to demonstrate smartphone and tablet basics, so they can enjoy the many benefits of our digital age. FCCLA students helped develop the curriculum for this program and worked monthly during the 2014 – 2015 school year with seniors to illustrate the importance of digital literacy and safety for all generations. The one-on-one nature of the events helped ensure seniors were able to have specific questions answered and allowed them to work with FCCLA students on an array of digital “tasks” – everything from learning how to video chat with friends and family, program security locks and codes to protect devices and personal data, post photos on Facebook, and use calendar and reminder apps for things like doctor’s appointments and important dates.

The Carbon Hill High School FCCLA has been honored at both the state and national levels for its great work on this senior tech literacy program. This press release features more information on the awards the group has garnered, including those won at the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference, held in Washington, DC this past July. Carbon Hill FCCLA students Kristen Bennett and Jordan Romine were presented with Silver awards at the National Conference for their work on the senior tech trainings project and had the opportunity to meet with members of the Alabama Congressional delegation. The program has been such a success that Alabama FCCLA will partner with the Alabama Department of Senior Services and AT&T to take the program statewide – stay tuned for more information on this effort!

Carbon Hill High School FCCLA members and award recipients Jordan Romine and Kristen Bennett

AT&T would like to congratulate the Carbon Hill High School FCCLA students and teacher advisor Rebecca Franklin on their awards and recognition and thank them, Carbon Hill High School principal Dr. Gypsy Stovall and Alabama FCCLA state adviser Jennifer Adams for their hard work on this project. We know the benefits that access to technology can deliver, but we also know that tech education and digital literacy are vital to ensuring that everyone knows how to use these technologies and can experience their benefits. The work of the Carbon Hill FCCLA students has helped local seniors understand and experience these benefits first-hand, and we are proud to have FCCLA as a partner in our efforts to educate, engage and inform folks on these important issues.

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