[Congressional Record Volume 155, Number 46 (Tuesday, March 17, 2009)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E684]
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                             HON. JOE BACA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Tuesday, March 17, 2009

  Mr. BACA. Madam Speaker, in this time of economic uncertainty, I rise 
to thank one company who is actively working to create new jobs and 
practice a clean, environmentally friendly business model, AT&T.
  Through a new $18 billion initiative, AT&T is pledging to increase 
its broadband capacity. Not only will this initiative increase Internet 
speed and accessibility for customers, but perhaps more importantly it 
will create 3,000 new jobs.
  Over the next ten years, AT&T also plans to create or save an 
additional one thousand jobs through a plan to invest $565 million in 
replacing its current fleet of vehicles with 15,000 domestically 
manufactured Compressed Natural Gas and alternative fuel vehicles.
  Research shows that this new fleet will save 49 million gallons of 
gasoline over the next ten years. It also will reduce carbon emissions 
by 211,000 metric tons in this same time frame.
  Madam Speaker, I applaud AT&T for its initiative in taking the lead 
in the movement to green our economy. Not only will these new 
initiatives help lead our nation out of its current economic downturn, 
but they also help to create an environmentally sustainable future for 
our children and grandchildren to enjoy. These actions set AT&T apart 
as an exemplary company, and I hope that others will soon follow their