Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm
The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President-Federal Regulatory:
“Today, AT&T agreed to take definitive and concrete steps to bring interoperability to the lower 700 MHz band. Challenges in the lower 700 MHz band have left the 700 MHz A Block vulnerable to interference and largely undeployed. Now, under the leadership of Chairwoman Clyburn and her Staff, an industry consensus has emerged that offers a path to achieving interoperability in the band.
“AT&T, for its part, has committed to investing considerable time and resources to the modification of its 700 MHz LTE network through the implementation of a newly-standardized software feature. That effort will allow AT&T’s network to support Band 12 capable devices. AT&T has also committed to working collaboratively with its chipset partners and OEMs to introduce, within a reasonable time frame, new Band 12 capable devices into its device portfolio. AT&T’s commitments are spelled out in detail in a letter filed today with the FCC.
“These commitments, along with actions the FCC intends to take to harmonize the service rules for the 700 MHz E Block to address interference concerns, will put the industry on a path to increased investment and deployment opportunities in the 700 MHz A Block. Chairwoman Clyburn should be congratulated for this significant achievement that will benefit the wireless industry and US consumers alike.”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 9, 2013 at 4:23 pm
By Joe Marx, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory
Last month, the California chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (CalNENA) sent a letter to the FCC intending to highlight an industry issue regarding ‘911’ wireless location accuracy. The letter says that a high percentage of wireless calls are being delivered to several public safety answering points (PSAPs) in California without enhanced 911 (E911) Phase II location Information. CalNENA included several charts that purportedly illustrate the frequency upon which 911 calls lack this information. However, the real lack of information is in the letter itself.
AT&T takes public safety issues very seriously and we are continuing to work closely with CalNENA and the FCC on this issue. Our goal is to ensure that public safety can take advantage of accurate location estimates that we provide. Despite some of CalNENA’s assertions, there is no public safety crisis in California – 911 wireless service works and California’s residents and visitors are being protected by PSAPs and first responders across the state. What CalNENA’s letter actually demonstrates is that many PSAPs fail to request Phase II location information from wireless carriers for 911 calls.
Previously, AT&T 911 location estimates were derived using a network-based location technology. While this technology rapidly provided location estimates, it was criticized by public safety as less accurate than estimates produced by Assisted Global Positioning Systems (AGPS) technology. In part based on this constructive criticism from the public safety community, AT&T decided to deploy AGPS in its 3G and 4G networks.
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm
The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer:
“Today’s approval of the AT&T/VZW/Grain deal within the FCC’s 180-day review period demonstrates that the secondary market continues to work under Acting Chairwoman Clyburn to ensure that under-utilized spectrum is deployed quickly and efficiently. We are also continuing to work with the FCC on the ATNI transaction to provide additional information which addresses the remaining open issues so that deal can be resolved in a timely fashion as well.”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on August 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm
The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs:
“AT&T is extremely disappointed at the FCC delay today on this small transaction. AT&T is ready, willing and able to make significant network investments in these rural territories to bring HSPA+ and LTE services to Allied’s customers, an investment that will not occur but for this transaction. AT&T has actively worked to address FCC concerns and will continue to work with the Commission until all issues are resolved.”
Posted by: Hank Hultquist on August 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm
Today, we informed the FCC that AT&T is willing to accept up to $100 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase 1 to deploy broadband to approximately 129,000 locations that lack any fixed broadband service of at least 768 kbps/200 kbps. Last year, AT&T declined the CAF support that was available to it, due largely to uncertainty about the company’s overall strategy for rural areas, as well as uncertainty about some of the obligations associated with acceptance of CAF money. In both cases that uncertainty has been resolved such that acceptance of this funding, and the associated obligations, now makes sense for AT&T.
Last summer, AT&T was in the middle of a strategic review regarding, among other things, its rural properties. The outcome of that review was Project VIP, a multibillion dollar investment in wired and wireless broadband. We decided to expand our U-verse and IPDSL footprint, as well as our LTE build. Acceptance of CAF funding will permit a further expansion of the U-verse/IPDSL footprint to additional locations that stand to benefit greatly, as they currently have no fixed broadband service of at least 768 kbps/200 kbps.
To its credit, the FCC also addressed the uncertainties we had identified. In particular, they clarified that: (1) CAF Phase 1 recipients will not be subject to any later-adopted broadband measurement requirements; (2) recipients will be in compliance with the requirement that pricing and usage allowances be “reasonably comparable” to urban areas, if they offer identical plans in such areas; (3) acceptance of funding will not trigger reporting requirements beyond the funded locations; and (4) obligations will end within three years.