What are the qualities that define a community? Unity, commitment, and adaptability – all values, when woven together, describe the values our teams work hard to uphold, in and outside the company.
As 2020 comes to an end, we remain steadfast in our commitment to be there for friends, families, coworkers and neighbors. Whether it’s addressing social and economic barriers or empowering those particularly affected by the pandemic, we continue to collaborate with civic and non-profit organizations to provide our communities with the resources they need.
When it comes to racial inequality, it cannot be solved overnight. To do our part, we continue to actively reevaluate how to make a positive impact. Our $10 million commitment to create economic opportunities and foster upward mobility for Black and underserved communities is just one of the many ways we are helping to combat long-standing social inequities.
While the homework gap has existed for decades, COVID-19 has brought national awareness to the problem. Although America’s networks have performed well during the pandemic, many rural and low-income families don’t have the internet access they need to work and learn. We believe in the equality of education and connection is at our core. And now that the classroom has gone digital, we are refocusing our efforts to expand student connectivity.
It is vital we continue to support each other through the COVID-19 pandemic to emerge stronger than ever. From opening opportunity’s doors to closing technology gaps, I invite you to read below and learn more about our journey to building a resilient community.
Have a happy holiday season, and let’s all look forward to 2021.
Investing in Maryland: Public Safety Broadband Network Expands in Cecil and Charles Counties
First responders in Cecil County and Charles County are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of a new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites. 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.
The new site in Earleville provides coverage along the Elk River. It will also serve White Crystal Beach, West View Shores, and Hack Point communities, as well as the Cecil County Public Works Department.
"This is great news for Earleville, Cecil County and the surrounding areas. This new infrastructure will help advance public safety through our first responders and improve connectivity for area residents, businesses and visitors. It is essential we improve broadband and cellular service in Rural Maryland and throughout the Eastern Shore. I’m pleased to see this expansion of services take place," said Maryland State Senator Steve Hershey.
The new site in Charles County is near Middletown Road and Berry Road in Waldorf.
“I am appreciative of the FirstNet Authority and AT&T for this critical infrastructure investment necessary to support our first responders and communities in Southern Maryland,” said Maryland Delegate Edith Patterson. “This new site will also benefit businesses and families who now have more access to better mobile broadband services.”
Both sites were constructed using Band 14 spectrum, as well as AT&T commercial spectrum. Band 14 is nationwide, high quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet.
Leveling the playing field: changing barriers to opportunities
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to rapidly change the ways we live and work. So, in a time not short on challenges, how do we change barriers to opportunities? We level the playing field.
Supporting equality and upward mobility for underserved communities
At AT&T, we believe each of us has a role to identify and address racial inequality wherever it exists. Many actions can yield positive changes. However, is not a one size fits all approach. Here’s what we’re doing to make a difference:
AT&T Backs YouthBuild to Construct Strong Communities
Young people are facing strong headwinds as they pursue career success in today’s economy. But there are bright spots.
AT&T has supported YouthBuild since 2014, most recently providing the organization a $250,000 contribution to support the work of eight local YouthBuild programs around the country, including Civic Works YouthBuild in Baltimore.
With love and respect, YouthBuild partners with opportunity youth to build the skillsets and mindsets that lead to lifelong learning, livelihood, and leadership. Responding to the urgent need for knowledge, training and opportunity, YouthBuild primarily serves young people who lack a high school diploma and financial resources.
Read more here.