AT&T Supporting North Carolina First Responders, Others Impacted by COVID-19

AT&T Blog Team
April 27, 2020
Public Safety

AT&T Supporting North Carolina First Responders, Others Impacted by COVID-19

AT&T North Carolina is stepping forward to support North Carolina organizations assisting first responders, medical personnel and families directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than $250,000 will help provide nourishing food for local first responders, healthcare workers and others struggling with food insecurity, as well as helping provide online connectivity for students and families who might not otherwise have access to broadband services.

“Just as all our lives are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we all can play a part in helping our neighbors and our communities come through these days”

Trey Rabon President of AT&T North Carolina

“Just as all our lives are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we all can play a part in helping our neighbors and our communities come through these days,” said Trey Rabon President of AT&T North Carolina. “As part of our company’s community-focused ‘Believe’ initiative, we are honored to support organizations that are helping students have the resources needed for distance learning, addressing the tragedy of hunger, and caring for the men and women on the front lines who are caring for others.”

The North Carolina organizations receiving funding include:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, the Urban League of Winston-Salem, the Durham Public Schools Foundation, Greensboro Urban Ministries and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC – which are serving people who are food-insecure;
  • The Great Balls of Fire Foundation, and the Feed the Firefighters Foundation – which are working with local restaurants to provide food for first responders;
  • The NC Healthcare Foundation and Atrium Health Foundation – which are supporting healthcare workers;
  • The Kramden Institute – which provides digital learning and tools to low-income families; and
  • The North Carolina Business Committee for Education – which is helping close the “Homework Gap” by bringing connectivity to students who do not otherwise have access to broadband.

“While social-distancing is crucial to do to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19, our collective ability to come through this crisis successfully hinges on our willingness to reach out and help those most affected,” said Julia Wacker, Senior Vice President of the NC Healthcare Foundation. “We appreciate the support of AT&T and all those companies and individuals who are contributing time and resources to this ongoing fight.”

At the national level, AT&T’s response to COVID-19 includes:

  • For a limited time, waiving Home Internet Data Overage Charges for all AT&T Internet and AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet consumers.  Additionally, we’ll continue to offer internet access for qualifying low-income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program;
  • Waving late fees for wireless customers impacted by COVID-19 and automatically adding 15GB of mobile hotspot with tethering;
  • Providing eligible nurses and physicians three months of free wireless service for a smartphone or tablet with eligible new or existing FirstNet Mobile–Responder plan.1 FirstNet is the nationwide wireless communications network designed for first responders and those who support them;
  • Helping feed front line responders and others in need impacted by COVID-19 through a $5.5 million initiative which began with a $1.5 million contribution to World Central Kitchen and contributions to Feeding America, the Salvation Army and Team Rubicon and a host of local organizations across the country. Consumers can also get involved through a text-to-give program. Through the program, you can donate $10 to World Central Kitchen (text FOOD to 80100), Feeding America (text America to 5055), Team Rubicon (text RUBICON to 2022) or Salvation Army (text HOPE to 5200) increasing the impact we can have from coast to coast; and
  • 55 million students now learning from home in the U.S. alone, AT&T created a $10 million Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to give parents, students and teachers tools they need. The fund also provides resources to maintain meaningful connections and bonding opportunities for those isolated from family and friends.

For more information our response to COVID-19, as well as information about network, please go to

1 *Ltd. time offer. Credits equal to 3 months of recurring service charges (incl taxes & fees) on a FirstNet Mobile–Responder plan for smartphone or tablet will start within 3 bills. Available only to eligible physicians and nurses who have, or qualify and subscribe to a new, FirstNet Mobile–Responder plan. For current subscribers, credits will automatically be applied to an existing line of service. New subscribers may migrate an AT&T line of service or activate a new FirstNet Mobile—Responder line of service. New subscribers must qualify for FirstNet service and complete verification process within 30 days. Customer must provide or purchase their own device and use a FirstNet SIM. See offer details at