“Unfortunately, the statement … is all we really have available at this time,” he wrote in an email.
Larry Williams, president and chief executive of the Technology Association of Georgia, praised AT&T as a “part of the fabric of our technology community for decades.”
TAG has been a leading cheerleader for growth in tech jobs, as well as for the cluster of research centers that companies have been developing around Georgia Tech. Work in and around Atlanta is fueling the “convergence” of different technologies in music as well as television and film, he said.
He said he doesn’t see AT&T’s decision to move the entertainment jobs as being in conflict with “the narrative” of Atlanta and expressed confidence in the future.
“It is a great time for the technology industry in Georgia,” he said. “I think we’ll continue to grow in important ways.”
AT&T last year had revenue of $163.8 billion. The company this week announced revenue for the more recent quarter of about $39 billion.
The company, based in Dallas, last year announced plans for an $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, parent of Atlanta-based Turner and its various cable TV, internet and other businesses. The deal awaits review by federal regulators.