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.
Generations learning together
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 community even more enjoyable.
Recently, I had the chance to join one of the meetings of the “Young at Heart” group at the First Baptist Church of Carbon Hill, a fun group of seniors who live in the community and meet every other month. We had a great time of fellowship, a delicious pot luck meal, and I was able to talk a little bit about why AT&T is spending so much time in Carbon Hill.
Folks of all experience levels were in the room, from residents who considered themselves experts to those who had never used a tablet or wireless device before, and this made it even more fun and interactive. Mr. Campbell, a long-time Carbon Hill resident, is already an expert at using smartphones and showed the others in the room how he uses his device to capture and share videos of his favorite pet, a dog appropriately named “Dog”.
The highlight of the day for me was when I passed around some tablet devices I had brought to the meeting. I was able to show the seniors in the room how the technology that these devices deliver can help make communicating easier than ever before.