Connecting our Communities, Celebrating Diversity, and Supporting Equality

AT&T Blog Team
April 2, 2021
Community Impact

Connecting our Communities, Celebrating Diversity, and Supporting Equality

Over the past year, one thing has been made certain: connection is crucial.

Even in the absence of traditional gatherings, the power of connectivity was not deterred. We’ve gone to great lengths to stay in touch with the rest of the world – often in unexpected ways – through regular phone calls and video chats, outdoor hangouts, even bringing the silver screen into living rooms to watch movies at home. This dedication underscores AT&T’s values within the company and outside its walls: connectivity is born from collaboration.

As we wrap up the first quarter of the year – and look forward to brighter, better days ahead – I’d like to highlight some of the work we’ve done to keep our businesses, residents and first responders connected, and to help reform national policies to help close connectivity gaps. In addition, you can read more about how we’re celebrating diversity in our company and in our communities.

I welcome your feedback.

In a Year in Which Almost Everything Changed, AT&T Provided the Reliability Customers Needed

It’s safe to say none of us saw last year coming. And the changes we’ve all experienced have been profound and ongoing. But while the pandemic scrambled everyone’s plans, AT&T’s commitment to reliability, resiliency, and outstanding service for our clients never wavered. As so much of the world felt like it was tearing at the seams, we knew our network, services, and people had to hold strong for our customers. Read more HERE.

Standing in Support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

The fight for social justice continues as hate crimes occur in the Asian American and Pacific Island community. The COVID-19 pandemic has more fully revealed another sickness in society: discrimination, prejudice and racism. So, together we stand… for each other, for our communities, for equality for all. Read more HERE.

FirstNet Focus: Collaboration is Key for Interoperability in National Capital Region

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and FirstNet were created out of a need for interoperable communications among first responders. When major events and incidents occur, public safety agencies must work together to serve and protect the community.

The National Capital Region is a densely populated region made up of over 24 counties and cities. As they work together nearly every day, local, state, and federal agencies in the area must efficiently communicate and share data as they respond to events and emergencies. Read more from the FirstNet Authority HERE.

Not Broken, Simply Unfinished. Creating Pathways to Broadband Connectivity.

  • We experienced a lot of firsts in 2020 – some better than others, peppered in with ones we will never forget. For me, one of the most notable developments of last year was the marked spotlight on public policy and the gravity it has on our day-to-day lives. We’re overdue for a lot of discussions, but particularly when it comes to closing the digital divide.
  • Over the last several months, we have laid out our thoughts on how best to address the digital divide. To do this requires more than just investing – it needs sustainability. Watch AT&T CEO John Stankey discuss how Congress and the private sector can work together to end the broadband gap.
  • Recently, the National Urban League released a report on “Connecting and Uplifting America.” The report focuses on a singular and essential question: “How can the tools of the information economy be employed to create a more equitable and inclusive society.” Read more about this bold plan and AT&T’s efforts to drive us toward a more equitable and connected future.
  • We also recently filed our application to participate in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program so we can offer low-income customers additional options for discounted broadband services.

Celebrating Those Making History Today to Shape Tomorrow

AT&T celebrates the contributions of those of those who are making history by shaping our future. In the spirit of honoring that excellence, AT&T Dream in Black presents the return of Black Future Makers, with a new group of extraordinary honorees ranging from a Grammy-award-winning music artist and civil rights activist to an independent filmmaker and medical physicist. Meet the 2021 Future Makers, here, and learn how they’re shaping the now, the new and the next for the culture.

For a chance to be honored as a Black Future Maker, consumers can post a 30 to 60 second video to social media, using the #dreaminblack and #attfuturemaker, telling what they are doing in their communities or fields to make a positive impact. Winners will be chosen each month from March through December 2021. Learn more to enter.

The Power of Women: How AT&T Works to Uplift and Empower Girls and Women

  • Women and girls witnessed history come alive this year as Kamala Harris was inaugurated as the vice president of the United States. For the first time, a woman and person of Black, Asian, and immigrant descent holds the second highest post in our country. Her election has inspired women and girls to stand up in their power.
  • However, while women comprise nearly half of the global population, in many aspects of our society, they experience inequalities that impact their professional and personal ambitions, thus limiting opportunities to let that power shine.
  • These inequality gaps have only been widened as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact women in the workforce. One of AT&T’s core values is Stand for Equality and we recognize our responsibility to support and empower women through these times. Learn more HERE