Meeting Consumer Demand
for advanced Internet-based services
New Connections on the Horizon for West Delray Beach community
By Joe York, AT&T President — Florida, Puerto Rico & US-VI
As you may know, AT&T has announced the selection of the West Delray Beach area of Florida as one of two locations nationwide for a multi-year technology trial to be overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This pilot program will shape AT&T’s efforts to develop new products and processes in the West Delray Beach community — and nationally. The announcement is in response to a request by the FCC to companies to submit proposals to conduct trials where connections and services would be rolled out and offered to customers.
In greater numbers, and with greater frequency than ever before, consumers and businesses are choosing to use newer technologies and devices that enable more choices in how they connect: video, email, text and voice. These connections not only benefit consumers, but also communities and important community institutions, including schools, hospitals, police and fire stations, and businesses. Students can access education resources on the other side of the country or world; first responders can have the best real-time information going into emergency situations; and businesses can reach out to and expand in new markets on the other side of the state and other side of the globe.
This trial presents an important opportunity for Floridians to gain access to new technologies and products, while ensuring that the essential values of universal service, competition, public safety, reliability and consumer protection are preserved. Our goal is to get our customers the most powerful new technologies while maintaining the reliability they have come to expect from us.
Powering your quality of life
We enjoy a great quality of life in South Florida and expanding and enhancing your communications choices in the West Delray Beach area helps support that lifestyle. Wireless and broadband services are not just for the young anymore. Seniors today are living more active, independent and connected lives than ever before and advanced communications services like wireless and broadband help make this possible.
According to research released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life project in April, 6 in 10 seniors today are online and 77% have a cell phone. And newer devices like tablets are helping seniors overcome physical challenges or personal skepticism toward using technology and the Internet. What is also increasingly clear is that seniors who use these services like them and are actively using them.