Working together, we can build a stronger New York City

AT&T Blog Team
December 21, 2021
Broadband Access and Affordability, Public Safety


Working together, we can build a stronger New York City

At AT&T, we’re working together to help build a stronger New York for everyone. AT&T has worked to connect Americans to help them live, learn, work, and succeed for over a century. In New York City, we’ve created a more connected city by investing in people, and in the infrastructure needed to connect them – and here’s how:

  1. We’ve made significant investments in New York’s public safety through FirstNet.
    FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform built with and for First Responders and the public safety community. Working alongside Congress, it was shaped by the experience of the first responder community following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. FirstNet is giving first responders, access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and preemption across voice and data.
  2. Having contributed more than $13 million to New York City non-profits since 2018, AT&T is committed to helping create brighter futures for disadvantaged youth.
    AT&T has supported non-profits across the five boroughs in New York City’s highest-need neighborhoods that serve young people living there. This past summer, we helped kids experience the joy of day camp focused around STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) through our $100,000 contribution to the YMCA of Greater New York. And we encouraged businesses and individuals to contribute $100,000 to the New York Forever Summer Camp Project by agreeing to match contributions if they hit that mark. In addition, AT&T provided funding for several COVID-related programs at the YMCA, supporting one of the only in-person learning facilities during the school year for the families of first responders and front-line workers. These initiatives allowed parents to go to work knowing their children were learning in a safe environment, and ensured that these children could stay engaged in school, avoiding the obstacles of the homework gap and digital divide.

    We’ve also continued to support Women in Need (WIN), the largest provider of shelter to homeless women and families in New York City. When the organization and its families were in crisis during COVID-19, our contribution ensured WIN could continue providing STEM study and career preparation to hundreds of local students.
  3. We’ve made investments to help expand AT&T’s network and infrastructure in NYC.
    From 2018-2020, we expanded coverage and improved connectivity in more communities by investing $550 million in communications networks in New York City. We’re also expanding our 5G footprint to offer reliable and highly secure broadband across the country and in New York. We offer 5G to 250 million people in cities and towns nationwide – including New York City and other municipalities across New York State.

We’re proud of the progress we’ve helped foster in New York around connectivity – but our work is far from over. We’re committed to continuing to work together with non-profits, first responders, and all our communities to help keep New Yorkers connected.