AT&T’s Solutions for a Connected Future

AT&T Blog Team
May 25, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability


AT&T’s Solutions for a Connected Future

Building connections is what AT&T does best, and we can go even further by bringing together technical experts and local advocates who understand their communities’ needs.

While the pandemic demonstrated the power of the internet to transform how we live, work and play, the past few years have also underscored what many local officials already knew: many Americans still struggle to access affordable high-speed internet. We’ll need to work together to bridge barriers to broadband access, adoption and affordability in underserved communities.

Our expertise in delivering internet across the country means that we know how to work collaboratively and effectively. We want to hear from you because we recognize that every community has their own unique connectivity needs. Our range of solutions can be tailored to what your local neighborhoods need – now.

Expanding Our Fiber Coverage

To meet the increasing connectivity needs of tomorrow, communities can access internet service through AT&T Fiber where it is available. Investing in fiber today will not only “future-proof” your community for the connectivity needs today and years from now, it also offers better security, reliability and durability when compared to other network technologies.

We’re bringing our ultra-fast, multi-gig capable fiber to households and businesses across the country as part of our efforts to expand coverage through our multi-billion-dollar capital investments as well as through public-private projects. We have public-private projects already underway in places like:

Along with fiber, wireless solutions will be critical to the way we live, work and play in the future, allowing us high-speed connectivity regardless of location.

AT&T’s 5G is leading the drive toward the future of connectivity with examples ranging from enhancing the quality of healthcare to implementing smart city solutions.

  • Quality of connectivity enhances quality of healthcare: our fast and reliable 5G will transform medical care by powering innovative technologies to improve patients’ experiences.
  • From delivering lightning-fast speeds to enabling smart water irrigation solutions, we’re helping pave the way for smart cities to transform the way we live and improve the quality of life for those who live in them.

Establishing Reliable Emergency Communication Networks

At AT&T, we have long been committed to serving the public safety community – we see it as both our obligation and our honor. We understand how important first responders are to keeping us safe during emergencies.

Whether it’s a hurricane, flooding event, rescue operation or any other life-threatening situation, first responders need quick and reliable communications to protect themselves and the communities they serve.

FirstNet, built with AT&T, offers first responders access to emergency response deployable assets that supply mobile coverage on-demand during disasters and times of network congestion. Stationed across the country, these assets serve as portable cell sites boosting communications support in times of need.

As more Americans deal with severe weather instances on an increasingly regular basis, public safety communication becomes a valuable tool for authorities to keep all constituents safe.

Securing Networks Against Cyber Threats

Government agencies constantly face cyber threats from bad actors attempting to infiltrate critical physical infrastructure. That’s why AT&T not only builds networks: we maintain, upgrade, and secure internet connections.

AT&T Cybersecurity safeguards digital assets by increasing efficiency in cybersecurity and reducing the risk cyber threats have on operations. In critical industries such as healthcare, AT&T Cybersecurity provides comprehensive cloud security solutions, assessments, and threat detection and response to ensure that sensitive personal health information is protected.

Bridging the Digital Divide

Expanding access is only the first step in closing the digital divide. Addressing barriers such as affordability and adoption are also necessary in connecting people to the digital world. We are working with communities to build on our commitment to address these issues in innovative ways.

Through AT&T Connected Learning Centers, AT&T ScreenReady and collaborations with local and national organizations, we are actively providing resources and learning opportunities that build digital literacy skills and encourage leveraging the technology needed for full participation in learning, the economy and society at large.

To tackle affordability, we are driving down the cost of home internet for eligible households to the best monthly rate possible – $0. This free option is made possible by combining our low-cost Access from AT&T program with federal benefits from the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).1

We’re here to share our tools and expertise with you, creating a more connected America for everyone.

1 Plans up to 100Mbps. Ltd. availability/areas. Free internet subject to continued participation in the ACP and application of the ACP benefit to Access from AT&T plans.