It’s hard to believe what our state and nation has endured for the past six months. COVID-19 has changed the way we live, learn, work and interact with one another. We’ve seen a renewed and essential conversation on racial justice and equality. There’s much work ahead on these and other fronts, and we’re focused on helping find solutions while planning for the future.
Through it all, our employees remain committed to keeping Pennsylvania connected and to supporting our communities during these challenging times – much like we have done for more than a century.
This edition highlights our support for projects that prepare young people for college and careers; our continued build out of our network, including the FirstNet mobile broadband network for public safety; and our investments in the Commonwealth.
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AT&T Helps Organization Boost Students’ Skills
Despite the many challenges they’ve faced this summer, several local organizations pressed ahead with programs that help young people prepare for college and career. And, the AT&T Foundation proudly supported these groups, helping them meet their missions and achieve their goals.
The organizations include:
AT&T Helping Teachers & Students Go Back to School
The new school year looks very different for teachers and students across the U.S.
It’s especially true for educators serving pupils with special needs. Just 1 in 5 families with children in special education reported receiving all the support services to which their children were entitled when schools started distance learning.1
To help, AT&T matched donations up to $250,000 to special needs distance learning projects posted from low-income school districts to DonorsChoose, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform that allows public school teachers to request support for resources. To learn more about other projects you can support, click here.
AT&T Expands FirstNet Network, Adds New Cell Sites Across Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites and other network enhancements statewide. This new infrastructure is a part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place across the state, bringing increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety.
New FirstNet cell sites have launched in the following communities:
We’ve also added 9 new cell sites throughout Western Pennsylvania to enhance the area’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents, visitors and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. The new sites are in:
AT&T Invests More Than $850 Million Over Three-Year Period to Keep Pennsylvania Connected
AT&T is proud to have the nation’s best and also fastest wireless network,1 as well as the largest network in North America.2 From 2017-2019, we invested more than $850 million in our wireless and wireline networks in Pennsylvania to expand coverage and improve connectivity in more communities, including more than $425 million in the Philadelphia area.
That investment has increased reliability, coverage and overall performance for residents and businesses, which is essential for connecting our customers with family, friends and colleagues – no matter the distance. It’s also improved critical communications services for Pennsylvania’s first responders using the FirstNet network.
1 Best Network based on 2019 GWS OneScore. Fastest based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data median download speeds for Q2 2020. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.
2 Based on comparison of carrier owned & operated networks. No AT&T on-net coverage in select countries, including Canada.