AT&T Statement on New
Connect America Fund Rules

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm

The following statement may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:

“In 2011, the FCC began comprehensive reform of its universal service programs to transition them from voice services to broadband. Today’s action is a significant milestone on this ambitious agenda. CAF II will target universal service subsidies to places where there is not an adequate business case for broadband. Moreover, the FCC appears to be taking significant steps toward phasing out obsolete voice obligations. We look forward to learning more details of the FCC’s action when they are available.”

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M2M: Exploring the Business
And Environmental Benefits

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on March 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

By John Schulz, AT&T Director of Sustainability Operations

Over the last 20 years we’ve experienced a communications revolution. The ways in which people are connected globally radically changed, bringing with it change to the way we live, work and play. As people-to-people communication evolves, a new evolution is gaining momentum, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.

M2M technology – whereby sensors and networks connect all parts of a system to communicate effectively – has the potential to enable the world to do more with less and meet the needs of an increasing population. We’re truly standing at the beginning of M2M’s adoption curve – the end result of which could be a $1 trillion global industry by 2020 as well as realizing a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the total CO2 emissions of the United States and India in 2010.  

And yet, there are barriers that are slowing both the productivity and efficiency benefits to business and the environmental benefits to society. 

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Driving Innovation through Diversity

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on July 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

By Debbie Storey, AT&T Chief Diversity Officer

What a great day! I always appreciate the chance to talk about how AT&T sets the bar on leveraging diversity to drive innovation and growth, and today’s roundtable, Diversity Is Good for the Bottom Line, hosted by the Center for American Progress, was an ideal platform for sharing our story.

One of our goals at AT&T is to move the diversity discussion among business leaders and policymakers beyond traditional definitions.  Do race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation matter? You bet they do.  That’s why AT&T’s been a leader in all of these areas for decades.  We’re recognized year in and year out by organizations like DiversityInc, the Human Rights Campaign, Black Enterprise Magazine and LatinaStyle because we’re the gold standard at ensuring diversity in all our business practices.  Getting to 39 percent women employees and 39 percent people of color doesn’t happen by accident.  And it’s not by chance that people of color hold almost a third of management jobs at AT&T, compared with a national average of 22 percent.

Beyond that, however, we’ve come to understand that the real value of diversity – as it relates to a company’s workforce – comes from leveraging the unique attributes every employee brings to the workplace.  At AT&T, that means valuing people with different educational backgrounds, learning styles, cultural norms, generational views and more.  When we create an inclusive environment, where every view is welcomed and embraced, we achieve an unprecedented level of innovation and creativity. 

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Empowering Consumers
Through Sustainability

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

By Beth Shiroishi, AT&T Vice President of Sustainability and Philanthropy

At AT&T, sustainability is deeply engrained in the fabric of what we do, both in our company and throughout the communities where we live, work and serve.  Our 2011 Sustainability Report, released this week, is a testament to that focus.

This isn’t a traditional sustainability report.  This year, we worked to create a first-of-its kind experience that enables visitors to explore an interactive “city” and learn about progress being made not only by our AT&T employees and networks, but by consumers and communities who are working toward creating a more sustainable future.

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