Bringing Healthcare
Into a 4G LTE World

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

By Jeff Brueggeman, AT&T Vice President of Public Policy and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer

A recent AT&T television spot shows a video diagnosis between a patient in an ambulance and an emergency room doctor over a mobile tablet device.  It’s a powerful example of how broadband technology enables cutting-edge health care solutions.  After participating in a recent seminar on Capitol Hill sponsored by the Institute for e-Health Policy, I walked away further convinced that continued broadband build out, including the expanded next-generation mobile broadband network that will be enabled by the AT&T and T-Mobile combination, will promote e-Health initiatives nationwide. 

One of the key takeaways from this seminar is the trend of e-Health toward mobile devices, which enable medical information to be shared quickly and securely.  The challenge is to provide customers with a full range of high quality e-Health offerings.  Not only do customers desire High-Definition video conferencing with doctors, but they also want low-cost, ubiquitous, mobile services, like apps that help monitor and control chronic conditions and wireless-enabled devices to remotely monitor patient biometrics in the home and on-the-go.  AT&T’s challenge is building an intelligent and secure broadband network that meets all of these needs. 

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The Facts that Matter
On Jobs and Diversity

Posted by: Joan Marsh on July 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

In a blog posting last week, Public Knowledge attempted to mount an attack on AT&T on two fronts:  jobs and diversity.  Faced with the unpleasant reality that those whose very mission is to promote and protect those agendas – labor unions and civil rights organizations – have enthusiastically endorsed the AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger, PK patronizingly dismisses their advocacy as misinformed, going so far as to accuse them of “blindly follow[ing] AT&T off of a cliff.”  But ironically, even as PK arrogantly discredits those who support the merger, its analysis is cluttered with misinformation and irrelevancies.  

For example, PK, using testimony from a state hearing, asserts that, since 2004, AT&T reduced its workforce by 40% in California while its access line loss was under 9% nationally.  Had PK bothered to check the facts it would have learned that AT&T lost over 11% of its total switched access lines last year alone, with an 11.2% access line loss in 2009 as well.  Indeed, over the past 9 years, AT&T has lost a full half of its access lines.  Yet from 2006 to 2010, AT&T employee headcount decreased by only approximately 12%.  So, far from cutting jobs at a rate that exceeds its access line losses, AT&T has lost access lines at a rate that far exceeds its headcount decreases.  

PK also conveniently ignores the significant investment that will be necessary to expand our LTE network to reach over 97% of all Americans.  That investment will create jobs, and will have job-creating ripple effects throughout the economy, particularly in rural areas.  Recognizing these important ripple effects, the CWA commissioned a study that found that the transaction will create as many as 96,000 new, quality jobs, while accelerating broadband build out and improving wireless communications.  

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Bringing LTE to Rural America

Posted by: Joan Marsh on July 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Late last month, 76 Democratic Congressional Representatives urged the FCC and the Department of Justice to give important consideration to the increased broadband wireless coverage that will be made possible by AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile.  More specifically, the letter recognized the significant benefits of expanded LTE broadband services to 55 million Americans that might not otherwise see 4G LTE deployments in their communities.

AT&T has made clear that the scale, spectrum, and other resources generated by the transaction will permit AT&T to deploy LTE – the premier next-generation wireless broadband technology – to more than 97% of the U.S. population.  That deployment in turn will create jobs, incent investment, help bridge the digital divide and help achieve the Administration’s broadband objectives for rural America, relying entirely on private capital and without the expenditure of government funds.

Free Press has long acknowledged that high-speed broadband Internet access has become a necessity for productivity and economic growth.  Free Press also acknowledges that more than one-third of Americans still lack access to a high speed service in their home and laments that “whole regions of the country are not being served by broadband providers.”  Yet, when confronted with AT&T’s commitment to deploy LTE – a faster and more spectrally efficient wireless broadband technology – to a significant portion of all Americans now under-served, Free Press glibly accuses us of misleading members of Congress and making “phony promises.”  In support of this, Free Press points to our ongoing efforts to expand our HSPA+ deployments – apparently concluding that HSPA+ is the same as LTE.

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The Facts Are In
On Wireless Competition

Posted by: Joan Marsh on June 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm

The FCC released its 15th Annual Wireless Competition Report yesterday, and the Commission should be commended for the impressive body of work that the Report represents. The Report offers a rigorous analysis of competition within multiple sectors of the wireless marketplace and highlights several key trends. The results are impressive – and they clearly portray a competitive and innovative U.S. wireless marketplace that is delivering incredible value for U.S. wireless consumers.

Importantly, the Report relies as its bedrock on an impressive compendium of facts and hard data on various aspects of the wireless industry. And taken as whole, the Report offers a decisive factual rebuttal of much of the rhetoric that has filled the debate on AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile.

Let’s look at just a few of the Report’s many findings:

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Sprint v. Sprint

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

By Wayne Watts, AT&T Senior Executive VP and General Counsel

In my 28 years as a lawyer with AT&T, I have been involved in a number of major transactions. Each has presented different issues, involved different competitive landscapes and was reviewed by different Administrations.  One constant, though, is that all of them were subjected to a thorough, fact-based review. 

I have no doubt that this will be the case again as the FCC and DOJ review the AT&T/T-Mobile transaction. It is for that reason that AT&T and T-Mobile USA have gone to great lengths to support our merger with facts. We have produced millions of pages of documents and extensively detailed pleadings supported by 19 sworn declarations.

On the other hand, final comments were filed yesterday at the FCC and merger opponents like Sprint continue to base their opposition on hyperbole, not fact. 

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