Education & Eclipses

Dear Colleague,

The most anticipated event of the summer was, without a doubt, the recent solar eclipse. I hope everyone had an incredible time viewing this once-in-a-lifetime phenomena in Oregon. At AT&T we made it a priority to do our part, so that customers who trekked to eclipse viewing hotspots — like Madras and Mitchell, Oregon — could snap, stream and share photos and videos of their experience.

As we say goodbye to summer and prepare for a new school year, I want to wish all of our youth, from kindergarteners to seniors in college, the best of luck with their studies. This time of the year is exciting and usually synonymous with words like “change” and “transformation.” At AT&T, that feeling of innovation never goes away because we are always planning for the future in Oregon.

Whether it’s preparing for the eclipse or to head back to school, AT&T is finding innovative solutions to help us all become smarter and more connected. That’s why I am excited to share the stories below with you today.

Thanks for reading,

George Granger
President — AT&T Oregon

On Aug. 21, thousands converged along the path of totality in Central Oregon to enjoy the first total solar eclipse visible in the state since 1979. To help customers share this astronomical moment with their friends and family, AT&T trucked in some very special COWs. But not the kind you would normally think of in the vast cattle lands of Central Oregon.

We set up two mobile cell sites — or Cell On Wheels (COWs) — to get ready for the large number of smartphone users in and around Mitchell and Madras. The COWs boosted internet connectivity and kept data hungry crowds connected. And boy did Central Oregon need it! On eclipse day, our network in Madras experienced a 243% increase in traffic* compared to an average day. The improved coverage from the COWs gave customers faster and more reliable connections to share their eclipse experience, eclipse glasses selfies and all, on social networks.

We were thrilled to offer great coverage and fast speeds for our customers to share and enjoy the moment.

For more information about AT&T’s eclipse network enhancements, visit

George Granger, President of AT&T-Oregon, has focused his career on the wireless industry and a remarkable commitment to community service. He is excited to be part of the wonderful Oregon community. His work will be focused on community partnerships and working with elected officials throughout the state. Granger, whose wireless industry resume is broad, understands how government works better than most executives because he had hands-on experience in politics and working for public officials. For nearly 20 years from 1994 until he moved to Oregon in 2013, Granger was an elected member of the Castro Valley School Board, serving as president of the board three times. He was an activist president, leading three successful campaigns to pass school bonds that funded more than $100 million in facility improvements. He learned about public service at the beginning of his career, when he worked for two leading California public officials: Congressman Pete Stark and Bill Lockyer, who currently is California’s State Treasurer but previously was the state’s Attorney General and before that President of the California State Senate. Granger’s wireless career started at Cingular Wireless, where he became the company’s Director of External Affairs. In that role, he directed legislative and regulatory activities in eight states in the West Region, including California, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, and Utah. After Cingular merged with AT&T Wireless, Granger was charged with managing AT&T’s relationship in an important region of California that included Silicon Valley, then was named Executive Director of External Affairs for AT&T’s Bay Area Team, which covered Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties. In addition to his work for AT&T and the School Board Granger found time to broaden his public service through a host of boards. He served on the boards of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the East Bay Cancer Support Group, the East Bay Regional Park District Foundation, the Chabot Space and Science Center, and ECHO Housing. He also served in the roles of Chairman of the United Way Giving Campaign in Alameda County and President of the Alameda County School Board Association. Granger most recently was AT&T’s representative to help build  the “Remember Them” project. “Remember Them” is a 52-foot-long and 25-foot-high bronze sculpture in Oakland, CA that depicts 25 civil rights activists, including Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Gandi, Oskar Schindler, Harvey Milk and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. among others. “Remember Them” is the largest bronze monument west of the Mississippi and the only one dedicated to civil rights.

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