Getting Real About Spectrum

Posted by: Joan Marsh on February 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

In a town that rarely sees agreement, there is now broad consensus regarding U.S. wireless broadband demand trends and the need to ensure that America keeps pace with the global wireless revolution.  And almost everyone agrees that the key component to meeting exploding consumer demand for wireless data services is more spectrum.  Almost everyone, that is, except NAB.  In an astonishing display of denial and false accusation, NAB circulated a letter this week accusing wireless carriers of being spectrum hoarders.


The wireless industry collectively shares about 425 MHz of mobile wireless spectrum used to serve over 292 million customers, and that number is growing.  The broadcast industry, by contrast, currently uses roughly half that to serve only 10 million over-the-air households, and that number is shrinking.  The wireless industry is currently racing to build the 4th generation of wireless networks (the third voluntary digital transition), investing billions of dollars and leading the world in wireless innovation and LTE deployment.   The broadcasters, by contrast, continue to rely on the same inefficient big stick distribution model that went digital via Congressional mandate in 2009, but otherwise hasn’t changed that much since color television was first introduced in 1953. 

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Privacy in a Mobilized World

Posted by: Bob Quinn on January 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

It’s National Data Privacy Day and what better way to celebrate than to look at the progress on privacy made yesterday by our friends at GSMA – the association representing the worldwide mobile communications industry.  We have been pleased to work with the GSMA folks and other industry members to develop a set of universal Privacy Principles as part of GSMA’s Mobile Privacy Initiative.

These principles are not designed to supplant existing law, but rather to cultivate the orderly evolution of privacy frameworks across the vast array of governing bodies that have a legitimate interest in protecting the privacy of users around the globe.  The principles – which you can read in their entirety here – embody much of what we at AT&T have long believed in and practiced about privacy by design.

They stress the importance of openness, transparency and notice; define appropriate uses of personal information; and emphasize user control and choice.  They prescribe respect for user rights, security of personal information, and education of users, especially children.  We’re pleased to be a part of this Mobile Privacy Initiative and we support its goal of serving as the start of a process that will seek to shape the way privacy is advanced, managed and protected across the emerging mobile eco-system.   

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Raising Our Game in Cyberspace

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on January 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Last week, AT&T’s Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso delivered a lively keynote on cybersecurity at the State of the Net Conference in Washington, D.C.  If you weren’t able to attend in person, check out these video clips from his speech.

Are we all a security risk? Here’s Ed addressing how we all play a role in cybersecurity and why we need to raise our game as we battle cyber attacks.

Here, Ed addresses the importance of data collection in identifying what’s dangerous and why this space should constantly be evolving.

Are we too interconnected? Perhaps. Hear what Ed has to say on the benefits of intentionally designing networks that are NOT interoperable.

Are patches really effective? Hear why Ed says we have to raise the level beyond just security patching to throw off attackers.

It’s not about evolution but revolution.  Ed calls on all stakeholders to adopt a mindset of vast, dramatic and rapid change.

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AT&T Statement on Chairman
Rockefeller’s Public Safety Legislation

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on January 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, reintroduced the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act (S. 28).  The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President-Federal Relations:

“Chairman Rockefeller has long made public safety and national security a top priority for this country.  We applaud his commitment to the public safety community and his tireless efforts to ensure that first responders have the resources they need to support a nationwide wireless broadband network.  This legislation will result in a truly interoperable public safety network and will free up new spectrum and establish funding mechanisms to support the operation and maintenance of this critical network.”

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A Vibrant Connection to History

Posted by: Jim Cicconi on January 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

Last week, I spoke at the National Archives to mark the completion of a unique project to preserve the most important records of President John F. Kennedy in a digital format.  This project will enable scholars, students, and ordinary Americans to access the most fascinating documents and records of a presidency which had profound impact on who we are as a Nation.  AT&T was honored to provide both dollars and technical capabilities to help bring to life what is now the largest online digitized Presidential archive.  But this is one of those rare and special events where a corporate honor was also a very personal and emotional experience.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge history buff.  I’ve been known to spend many an hour combing through used book stores, feeling irrational joy when I find some out-of-print work.  And I’d have to admit that eyes often (ok, usually) roll in meetings when I can’t resist some obscure historical analogy.  Even in my White House days, the advance staff would usually ask someone to keep an eye on me during Presidential trips because I was known for wandering off down the halls of palaces or plazas, distracted by anything that looked really old.  I’ve also, maybe perversely, taken my senior team on a field trip to Gettysburg, not for the military study but instead for the leadership lessons one can find there.   Sure, history is escapism of a sort.  But it’s escapism with life lessons if we understand and apply them. 

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