Public Safety

As a communications company, we realize that the ability to communicate quickly, efficiently and reliably is of equal importance when it involves your safety and at times of crisis.

To that end, we have invested billions of dollars in our networks and systems to prepare for natural disasters and other public safety challenges. After Hurricane Katrina, AT&T gave 35,000 prepaid phone cards to hurricane victims, donated $1 million to the Red Cross and set up more than 1,000 phone lines near the Astrodome evacuee shelter. We donated $50,000 to the Red Cross following the tornadoes in Greensburg, Kansas, set up a portable phone bank in the area for free, local and long distance calling and offered free call management and free call forwarding. AT&T also tripled our pledge to support wildlife relief efforts in Southern California in 2007 by donating $150,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Each year, AT&T conducts readiness drills to ensure our networks and personnel are ready to respond in a moment's notice. We have dedicated professionals and technicians working with law enforcement at the state, federal and local level to ensure our neighborhoods are safe. In times of emergencies, we remain focused on our network and work to ensure that our customers and local, state and federal authorities have continued connectivity to stay informed, remain safe and keep in touch with family and friends.

AT&T Statement on Public Safety Legislation

April 21, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – Late yesterday, Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) introduced the “Broadband for First Responders Act of 2010,” legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission to make more spectrum available for public safety broadband communications.  The following statement may be attributed to AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations Tim McKone.

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E911 Filing

August 25, 2008 8:46 PM

The Honorable Kevin Martin
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20554

Re: PS Docket 07-114

Dear Chairman Martin:
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, International (APCO), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and AT&T Mobility (AT&T) submit this letter to propose improved compliance measurements for the Commission's wireless E911 location accuracy rules governing network-based technologies. APCO, NENA and AT&T have worked together to develop technologically feasible compliance measurements that improve the ability of providers to locate customers making calls to 9-1-1 from wireless phones.

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AT&T Statement on Mobile Emergency Alert System

April 8, 2008 11:03 PM

"This is clearly a significant milestone and we applaud the FCC for its efforts. While there is still much work to be done before such a system can be put into widespread use, we look forward to offering mobile emergency alerts to our customers."

"We remain committed to working with policymaker and other stakeholders on the next steps in this process."

— The preceding can be attributed to an AT&T Spokesperson

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