Reflecting on 2020 and serving our communities

Cheryl Riley
December 28, 2020
Broadband Access and Affordability, Community Impact, Public Safety

Reflecting on 2020 and serving our communities

As we near the end of this unpredictable and challenging year, I wanted to share with you a summary of AT&T’s efforts in North Dakota during 2020.

We’re honored to have invested more than $35 million in capital expenditures in the state from 2017-2019 and infused nearly $79,000 into North Dakota organizations in 2020 alone.1

We spent the majority of our spring efforts responding to the early effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, reacting quickly to support community organizations who were addressing critical needs. We care about the communities we serve and want to do our part to address food security, health care providers, and first responders on the front lines of COVID-19. AT&T made some critical shifts in funding to help organizations like the Great Plains Food Bank, Ministry on the Margins, Sanford Health Foundation, YWCA Minot and others throughout the spring.

While the pandemic disrupted the way each of us work, learn and communicate, AT&T was especially challenged to ensure our network met North Dakota’s changing connectivity needs and wireless gaps. As a result, we continue to invest and make progress on our network to bring North Dakotans high quality connectivity for their homes and businesses. We announced new site tower builds that span the entire state, many clustered in NW North Dakota where wireless gaps were largest. These brand-new AT&T towers support customer connectivity and first responders benefiting the public’s safety and wireless experience.

As we draw to a close and we reflect on the year behind, I’m grateful that our work at AT&T can extend beyond towers and telephones. We’re always looking for ways to support our customers and employees across the nation—not only to keep them connected, but to better their daily lives. We’re grateful for our North Dakota collaborators this year, and hopeful for a healthy 2021 for all.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time. I look forward to visiting with you soon.

Happy holidays!


Cheryl Riley


1  The AT&T Foundation contributed $23K in donations and the Company contributed the remainder.

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