Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm
The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory:
“The 600 MHz incentive auction is by far the most complex auction proceeding ever undertaken anywhere in the world. The Commission must persuade two different sets of auction bidders to participate in two separate but inter-related auctions. While those auctions proceed, the Commission must conduct a dynamic repacking analysis that protects and repacks the broadcasters that remain.
“The enormous complexity of this task cannot be overstated. While AT&T is eager to see new spectrum allocations brought to market as soon as practical, we appreciate the enormity of the task the Commission faces and believe that it is essential that time be taken to get it right. The schedule the Chairman announced today to develop a robust policy and systems framework for the auction is both prudent and reasonable and AT&T looks forward to continuing to work with the FCC on this important proceeding.”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm
The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs:
“We applaud Chairman Walden and Chairman Upton for taking this critical step to ensure America’s telecommunications laws are aligned with the explosion of new technologies and expanding consumer needs. Their decision recognizes that current laws are woefully outdated, that they fail to provide the level playing field needed by competing services and technologies, and that they have become an impediment to investment and economic growth.
“We look forward to working constructively with the Chairmen and the Congress on this exciting challenge.”
Posted by: Bob Quinn on November 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm
Much has been written over the 12 months that have passed since AT&T filed its request for the Federal Communications Commission to oversee trials to facilitate the industry’s continued transition from aging communication platforms and services to new services based fully on Internet Protocol (“IP”). One important highlight in all that has been written is the vast number of customers, both business and residential, that already have made the transition. But to paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill, this is not the end of the transition, it is not even the beginning of the end of the transition, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning of the transition.
We have been very clear about our efforts to transform our network to one that is all Internet Protocol (IP). Our request for the Commission to oversee trials came on the same day we announced Project Velocity IP, a multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment plan to accelerate the historic national transition to all-IP networks and services, and we announced in our Annual Report that we expect to have fully transitioned our customers from decades-old technologies to an all-Internet Protocol network architecture by 2020.
The National Broadband Plan recognizes this transition as one that will bring “extraordinary opportunities to improve American life and benefit consumers” and the Commission’s efforts since the plan was published have set as an “express goal” facilitating the transition from traditional, TDM-based networks to all-IP networks and services. We all know, however, that while setting a worthwhile goal is important, executing a plan to achieve that goal is where much of the hard work takes place. As we approach the end of the beginning of the IP transition AT&T has begun the hard work of executing such a plan.
The first step of that plan is to align the commitments we make to our customers with the goal of transitioning to an all-IP network. That is why today we have taken a step to make sure that multi-year commitments we enter into today for aging TDM-based services reflect the on-going transition to IP and do not extend beyond the expected completion of our transition in 2020. Taking this step ensures we keep the commitments we enter into with our customers. In industry jargon, we are “grandfathering” these longer term plans for TDM-based services (i.e., allow those that have it to keep it but not enter in to new long term plans for these services).
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on November 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm
The following blog may be attributed to Ken McNeely, AT&T California President.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) completed their extensive review of the merger between AT&T and Leap/Cricket on November 8, 2013, effectuating the transfer of Leap/Cricket California wireless registration to AT&T. We appreciate the CPUC’s swift and fair consideration of the issues.
Leap/Cricket is headquartered in California, and the CPUC’s review sends an important signal to the Federal government that combining the two companies is in the public’s interest, delivers real benefits to consumers, and makes sense in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
I thank CPUC Commissioner Catherine Sandoval for her leadership in reviewing the terms of the transaction, and look forward to bringing Leap/Cricket customers into the AT&T family. We’re advancing California’s technology and infrastructure every day – helping people to connect in new and amazing ways – and we’re pleased to have taken this important step forward.
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on November 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm
The following blog may be attributed to AT&T Vice President of Construction & Engineering, Mo Katibeh:
This morning, I had the honor of attending a meeting at the White House where I had the opportunity to offer my thoughts to senior government leaders as well as top industry executives on a new initiative called Warriors 4 Wireless (W4W).
W4W is a voluntary public-private partnership that helps marry two important national goals – helping military veterans find productive jobs and advancing our country’s drive to deliver advanced wireless service across the U.S.
As we all know broadband is one of the great empowerment tools of our lifetime. Wireless enhances the broadband experience by eliminating the tether of the desktop and adding the “on-the-go” benefit of mobility. In many instances, it’s also a more cost-effective way to reach rural communities. Wireless broadband is such a powerful tool for connecting people to opportunities that the President has set a national goal of delivering 4G service to 98 percent of Americans by 2016. For our part at AT&T, we are driving to meet that target.
As committed as we are to broadband goals, AT&T is also making a big push to hire veterans and their family members. So, taking part in the W4W launch was a natural for us. The idea of combining two national goals under the W4W umbrella makes sense because many veterans already have the right skills as a result of setting up and operating military communications in the field. It’s also a practical way to say “thanks” to the men and women who have put themselves at risk to defend our freedom. And because broadband is so important for our country’s future, it’s a chance for vets to continue serving America while building their own future.