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nationwide network that enables
first responders and public safety
officials in Georgia and across the
country to stay connected every
day and in times of crisis.
• Developing a next-generation entertainment distribution platform.
The pandemic underscored why
robust connectivity is fundamental. I am proud of AT&T’s investment to keep millions connected
to each other as well as keeping
them informed with our news
coverage and entertained with
our movies, series and sports.
HARRISON AND AT-PROMISE CENTER YOUTH PARTICIPANT PRESENTING OFFICER
VERONICA CAMPBELL WITH THE JUDGE ARTHUR KAPLAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
• Creating and curating industry-leading premium entertainment content. As productions have
multiplied, the local production infrastructure has
too— with enhancements like the work we are
doing to expand and upgrade our WarnerMedia
Techwood campus. This investment helps keep
the multi-billion-dollar film industry grounded in
Georgia, fostering a home-grown, Georgia-based
professional workforce. When our company began
filming in Georgia, approximately 25 percent of
the cast and crew called the state home. Today,
nearly 90 percent of the cast and crew are Georgians. The local infrastructure and local workforce
are proof that we are realizing our state’s plan to
create an economic driver for Georgians.
KENT New infrastructure is providing more internet
connectivity for Georgians. And, first responders are
getting a major boost in their wireless communications. Tell us more about FirstNet and what AT&T is doing to
bring increased coverage and
HARRISON FirstNet is the only
nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform
dedicated to and purpose-built for
America’s first responders. It was
shaped by the vision of the public
safety community following the
9/11 terrorist attacks and is built
with AT&T in a public-private
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partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority)— an independent agency within
the federal government.
As public safety’s network partner, AT&T has
moved quickly to bring more coverage, boost capacity and drive new capabilities for first responders
and the communities they serve— rural and urban.
With direct feedback from public safety and local
stakeholders, the build is being accomplished by
deploying public safety’s spectrum Band 14, launching purpose-built FirstNet sites, collaborating with
rural network providers and expanding the dedicated
FirstNet fleet of deployable network assets.
Purpose-built FirstNet cell sites are already
supporting communities across the state, including
Adrian, Arlington, Broxton, Enigma, Fargo, Georgetown, Homerville, Pearson, Ideal, Mauk and Washington. High-quality Band 14 spectrum has been added
to more than 1,300 Georgia sites supporting markets
including Athens, Atlanta,
Haralson, Chattooga, Columbus
and Jasper, with more to come.
KENT AT&T has invested heavily in our state from infrastructure to philanthropic giving.
Generous contributions have
been made to worthy enterprises
ranging from Atlanta’s Westside
fund to the Atlanta Police Foundation. Tell us about the mission
and work of AT&T.
HARRISON I am proud of the
work we do at AT&T to keep
millions of people, businesses and first responders
connected to what matters most— especially now,
when it is needed most. While you don’t design a
network for a pandemic, we recognize that innovation
and investment are key to reliability and sustaining
the strength of our networks.
In the last three years alone, AT&T invested nearly
$5.5 billion in Georgia wireline and wireless networks
to help keep Georgians connected. As work and school
locations switched almost overnight from traditional
office and classroom settings to kitchen tables, these
investments proved particularly effective.
In addition to understanding the importance of fortifying our networks, we understand connecting people
with resources they need to thrive is critical.
To help bridge the homework gap for our Georgia
students, especially amidst COVID, AT&T recently contributed $100,000 to the Georgia Foundation for Public
Education, working with Governor Kemp to provide
Wi-Fi to nearly 450 school buses in 36 school systems in
rural parts of Georgia.
We are also focused on equity of opportunity.
Through Believe Atlanta, we are collaborating with
area organizations and non-profits including the Atlanta Police Foundation, On the Rise Financial Center,
COR Atlanta and more. With company resources and
harnessing employee engagement, we intend to have a
meaningful impact in Atlanta and on society at large.
We launched Believe Atlanta in January 2018 with
a $250,000 contribution to the Westside Future Fund.
Since that time, I am proud that AT&T has contributed more than $3.5 million to key community organizations in Atlanta.
KENT You have a passion for social justice and expanded opportunities. Please tell us why you think a collective effort is so important in our state.
HARRISON At AT&T, we know everyone deserves an
equal opportunity— regardless of zip code, age, gender,
race or socioeconomic status. It’s simple. Our society
doesn’t work if it doesn’t work equally for all.
The transition to a more equitable world is the challenge— but achievable. And it exists only with collaboration. Through collaboration with our many incredible
community partners, we can and will make our Georgia
communities places where everyone can thrive.
I am a firm believer that talent is everywhere, but
opportunity is not. Everyone brings value. And, when
given an equal opportunity, voices that too often go unheard can be strengthened and uplifted to belonging.
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