Going All-IP in Alabama, Florida

Posted by: Hank Hultquist on February 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

The United States is in the midst of a historic network transition that FCC Chairman Wheeler has called “the fourth network revolution,” comparing it to the invention of the printing press, the birth of the railroad, and the advent of instantaneous communication made possible by the telegraph and the telephone.  The source of this revolution, like the three that preceded it, is nothing less than human genius. A series of inventions including, among others, the microprocessor, fiber optics, cellular communications networks, packet-switching and the Internet protocol, made this revolution possible. While it is in the first instance a revolution in technology, it has disrupted and transformed industries across the economy. It has revolutionized the way we live, work and play, and brought a myriad of benefits to consumers and to the nation as a whole.

It is also transforming the communications business at an extraordinary rate.  Although many might not even be aware they have done so, a significant majority of Americans have already transitioned away from circuit-switched telephony.  In the 22 states where AT&T is the legacy “phone company,” more than 70 percent of residential consumers have abandoned legacy phone service choosing instead to go with wireless services or VoIP services.  And the number of housing units still connected to circuit-switched services provided by the legacy phone company has dropped below 20 percent in some areas.

So many consumers have made this transition for the simple reason that IP-based services provide them with far greater value than circuit-switched telephony.  Mobility, text-based communications, video chat, and social networking are just a few examples of the extraordinary benefits that IP networks enable for their users. And these may be just the beginning.  The continuing integration of IP networks with cloud computing and the Internet of things will leave circuit-switched telephony so far behind that the only place left to it will be somewhere in the Smithsonian.

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AT&T Statement on the
Congressional Spectrum Caucus

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Brett Guthrie and Doris Matsui announced the formation of the Congressional Spectrum Caucus. The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:

“AT&T applauds Representatives Guthrie and Matsui for continuing to make spectrum policy a top priority and for recognizing the critical role good policy plays in strengthening our economy.  The availability and better utilization of spectrum is key to meeting consumers’ demands for new and innovative wireless broadband services.  The Congressional Spectrum Caucus will provide Members with an important opportunity to learn about and discuss ways to meet our nation’s spectrum goals and to get more of this valuable resource into the commercial marketplace.”

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Going Global: Benefits of Trade

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

By Jake E. Jennings, AT&T Executive Director of International External and Regulatory Affairs

Currently, the U.S. is negotiating three trade agreements – the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. When completed, American businesses and workers will gain more open access to two-thirds of the world economy.

Last week, the Obama administration laid out a compelling case for its ambitious trade agenda during a speech by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman at the Center for American Progress. Ambassador Froman did an excellent job of clearly articulating how trade agreements will drive economic growth, boost labor and environmental protections.

He noted trade agreements:

• create new opportunities through increased market access;

• give U.S. companies the ability to sell products and services in those countries just as foreign companies can do so today without the agreements; and

• level the playing field by raising standards and values on everything from environment, labor and e-commerce.

Ambassador Froman also highlighted that cross-border collaboration and data exchange will drive tomorrow’s innovations.

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AT&T Statement on ‘911’
Location Accuracy

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

The following statement may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:

“AT&T fully supports the FCC’s goal of improving accuracy in locating ‘911’ wireless callers in both outdoor and indoor locations.  Unfortunately, the Commission has tentatively proposed unrealistic targets for location accuracy indoors.  Indeed, the recent FCC CSRIC Report shows that no vendor currently has proven technology that can meet the proposed standards.  We remain committed to working with the Commission and the public safety community to craft a realistic, effective solution that takes the greatest advantage of existing technology to ensure consumers can rely on ‘911’ no matter where they are or what service they use.”

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AT&T Statement on Net Neutrality

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:

“AT&T has built its broadband business, both wired and wireless, on the principle of Internet openness.  That is what our customers rightly expect, and it is what our company will continue to deliver.  That is also why we endorsed the FCC’s original rule on net neutrality, and is why we pledged to adhere to openness principles even after the recent court decision.

“As the FCC embarks on a new proceeding to clarify its authority under section 706, we will, of course, participate constructively and in the same spirit with which we worked with the Commission on its original rule.  We believe the FCC possesses sufficient authority under section 706 to preserve Internet freedom and openness, and that it can do so without over-regulation.  Indeed, and as the court recognized, section 706 was clearly intended by Congress as a tool to enhance broadband investment and deployment.  Thus, it is vital that, as the FCC defines its authority, it do so in a way that does not inhibit the very investment section 706 was intended to assist.”

 

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