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AT&T – 129 Years of Keeping Mississippi Connected

Ever since the first telephone was installed in Vicksburg in 1881, the company that would become known as AT&T has worked to provide a reliable communications system for everyone in Mississippi. 129 years later, AT&T Mississippi now provides wireless communications, high speed Internet access and video service in many parts of the state with its U-verse service. One thing remains the same.  AT&T is still a premier communications provider in Mississippi and remains dedicated to the communities we serve.

Employment

AT&T employed more than 3,100 people in Mississippi, and our payroll represented more than $193.5 million in 2009.  AT&T operates 31 company owned retail locations in the state.

Building for tomorrow

Across the country, we’re investing billions to build the advanced networks that will create jobs and fuel economic growth.   Between 2007 and 2009, AT&T invested more than $775 million on its wireless and wired networks in Mississippi.

Giving back to the local community

AT&T Mississippi has a proud tradition of giving back to the communities we serve to advance education, strengthen communities, and improve lives.  We have contributed $1.6 million to key initiatives in 2009, including $475,000 over two years to the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation for an early educators initiative using podcasts, $312,000 over four years to support Jobs for Mississippi Graduates (JMG) programs in three schools and another $352,000 over four years to support drop-out prevention at Claiborne County High School.  

Last year, The AT&T Learning Center at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center had its official opening and is the fulfillment of a dream made possible by a $500,000 grant from AT&T. The B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is dedicated to the establishment of a museum honoring B. B. King. Through the story of B. B. King, the B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center empowers, unites and heals through music, art and education and shares with the world the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta.

People Power

AT&T employees and retirees in Mississippi also contributed more than 27,200 volunteer hours in 2009 — representing more than $568,300 worth of time.

“The investments AT&T makes in our people, the network, communities and the environment help bring prosperity, growth and opportunity to workers, families and businesses. Investing in high-tech jobs, faster wireless and wired networks, and important education programs will help stimulate both economic and job growth here at home.”

                             --- Mayo Flynt III, President; AT&T Mississippi

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