Q: How was it decided that AT&T would support and sponsor a community-based event such as the West Coast Expo?

A: At AT&T, we value community and the opportunity to let people know how we are working to support their day-to-day lives. From broadband to mobile devices to home automation, we are able to meet the demands of tomorrow’s consumers today by being attuned to people and their needs. For this reason, events like the West Coast Expo are an ideal way for us to bring our products and services directly to the consumer, interact one-on-one with them, answer their questions, and learn about their daily needs.

At the core, we know that people are driving technology. We are here to meet that demand and make life easier through technology. At the Expo, we have the unique opportunity to speak directly to the consumer and tell our story—the story of a company founded more than 130 years ago that continues to thrive because we believe in our core message of rethinking what is possible. That is thanks in large part to the consumers and diverse communities we serve.

Q: Tell our readers about the AT&T Technology Equipped “Home of the Future” that you are bringing to the WCE this year.

A: The “Home of the Future” offers Expo visitors an opportunity to experience our latest product—Digital Life, as well as our flagship U-Verse service, and our award-winning entertainment platform that allows customers greater flexibility over the way they watch television and access entertainment at home. With AT&T’s new Digital Life platform, you can interact with your home even while away. The platform offers many options to make your home more secure with uncomplicated and simple installations, and allows you to do everything from monitoring your home while you are away via your computer or mobile device to automating your thermostat and monitoring your water usage. It is a simple, more interactive way to be in control of your home even when you are away.

Q: Is this something that the average consumer can pick and choose and piece-meal together based on their needs or would a technology consultant be recommended? How do people go about making incremental technology adjustments (which allows us to manage costs, plan, ease into it?)

A: Our products are designed to be seamlessly integrated into your life. In fact, our technology is all designed to meet the demands of our consumers. We are the technology company for everyone and, with this in mind, we are developing products for everyone, regardless of how or where they choose to communicate. From mobile devices to tablets to the Internet to home automation, we are committed to connecting people with the tools they need to make life easier. We encourage Expo participants to experience our exhibit and come to our booth and speak with AT&T representatives to learn more about the services and products we offer and how they can support their day-to-day lives in tangible and meaningful ways.

Q: What kind of technology will be displayed in the home of the future?

A: The “Home of the Future” will highlight the functions and services offered by Digital Life. Technicians will be on hand to demonstrate how the house is wired and the display will include remote monitoring, computers, and remote access demonstrations so that attendees can experience first-hand the interactivity, ease, and possibilities of Digital Life. Additionally, AT&T representatives will be on hand to showcase AT&T’s mobile devices, tablets, and U-verse, our award-winning entertainment platform that allows customers greater flexibility over the way they watch television and access entertainment at home.

Q: Will you have any types of promotional items to give attendees as they visit your exhibit booth?

A: Expo attendees should come by our exhibit and find out!

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share that we haven’t touched on?

A: Just this week, AT&T was ranked No. 1 by the Wall Street Journal as it named the Top 25 Companies investing capital in the U.S., which demonstrates our commitment to investing in our customers and the technology and communications services they demand. Last year, AT&T unveiled its Velocity IP (VIP) plan: a three-year, multi-billion-dollar investment plan to expand and enhance AT&T’s network. We are upgrading our networks to keep up with growing consumer demand for the newest technologies, devices and services. The plan is to ensure that our customers have access to the people and information that’s important to them—anytime, anywhere.

What does that mean for the consumer? It means better coverage, expanded broadband connections, fewer dropped calls, and faster speeds when streaming and downloading media. It doesn’t just mean reliability in everyday communications, but also in emergency situations. And, it means that business customers can also expect increased business revenue growth as a result of this proactive fiber deployment. The bottom line is that communities can experience fast, reliable internet so that we can remain connected to the systems we need to thrive at work, at school, and in every aspect of our day to day lives. It’s not just about the technology; it’s about the possibilities for all of you—our customers.