Member Spotlight - AT&T Iowa

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Member Spotlight - AT&T Iowa

Iowa Taxpayers Association wants you to get to know our members and to provide opportunities for networking. Each month ITA highlights a member company. 

This month's member company spotlight is on AT&T Iowa. Following is their answers to our questions regarding information on their company and why they are an ITA member.

Tell us a little about AT&T Iowa.
AT&T has been serving Iowans for 114 years. Our business over the years has changed, of course, but our spirit of service and innovation live on. Today we are focused on delivering advanced mobile services, next generation TV, high-speed internet and smart solutions for people and businesses across the state.

Customers want to stay in touch with loved ones or enjoy their favorite movies, TV shows, music and sports on any device from anywhere. That’s why fast, highly secure and mobile connectivity – to everything on the internet, everywhere, at every moment and on every device – is what drives us.

Iowans deserve the benefits of high-speed broadband and its positive impacts on the economy, schools, hospitals and health care and agriculture.

That kind of connectivity requires a significant capital investment in our wired and wireless broadband networks. AT&T has invested nearly $120 million in its best-in-class wired and wireless networks in Iowa from 2015- 2017.1 These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowa consumers and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders and position Iowa for a prosperous economic future.

We have approximately 540 employees working in Iowa as of September 30th, 2018 and more than 420 retirees living in Iowa as of August 31st, 2018. In fact, our employees gave more than 1,000 hours in Iowa to community outreach activities in 2017 – worth more than $24,500.2 

We have 116 retail locations in the state, including our company-owned retail stores, authorized dealerships and national retail stores as of September 25, 2018. 

AT&T, the AT&T Foundation and our employees have contributed more than $920,000 through giving programs in Iowa from 2015 – 2017. 

What is an interesting fact about your company?
- AT&T invested nearly $145 billion in our wireless and wireline networks over the past 5 years (2013-2017)3. During this time, we invested more in the U.S. than any other public company.
- AT&T acquires on average more than 5 patents a day, every day.
- In 2017, for the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world.
- We also placed #37 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired companies. This is our third year in a row on the Top 50 list – AT&T is the only communications company on the list

Why are you a member of ITA?
AT&T is a long-standing and proud member of ITA and appreciates working with them to have a voice in advocating for sound tax policy for the state. Through the efforts of ITA, Iowa is an attractive place to invest our resources, hire the skilled work force we need and contribute to Iowa’s economy.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to tax policy?
Iowa taxpayers are AT&T customers. Decisions about tax policy impact not only our business but our customers as well. We appreciate ITA’s expertise in promoting sensible fiscal policy to policy makers and providing information that allows for informed policy development.

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