‘It is Much Easier to Be
Critical than to Be Correct’

Posted by: Joan Marsh on June 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

There is one overarching imperative that drives this merger:  giving AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers the network capacity they need to enjoy the full promise of the mobile broadband revolution.  The combination of these two companies, and their uniquely complementary networks and spectrum holdings, will create new capacity – the functional equivalent of new spectrum – to handle rapidly escalating mobile data traffic.  Indeed, the capacity of the combined company will exceed that of AT&T and T-Mobile operating separately.  

The winners will be America’s consumers because the extra capacity will enable us to offer them better service — faster data speeds and fewer dropped and blocked calls.    

And with the scale, spectrum, and other resources generated by this transaction, the combined company will be able to offer Long Term Evolution, or LTE — the premier next-generation wireless broadband technology — to an extra 55 million people and more than 97 percent of the U.S. population, all without reliance on government funds.  And that is a big win for rural America because it gives those communities the same high quality broadband service that consumers in urban areas will receive.  It also means more jobs and more investment.  

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The Innovators Have Spoken

Posted by: Bob Quinn on June 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

In the past couple weeks we have seen incredible support for our merger with T-Mobile come from a large and broadly diverse number of high-tech companies that recognize the need for robust capacity to support further growth and innovation in mobile broadband.  And the most recent positive statements regarding the benefits that this transaction will bring came today from TechNet – The Voice of the Innovation Economy.  

The opposition is fond of throwing out unsubstantiated claims that our T-Mobile merger is going to somehow kill innovation and drive our society back in time (via DeLorean?  Or maybe a hot tub?) to the age of two-pound brick phones again. My friend Gigi Sohn actually brought one of those with her to the Senate Judiciary Hearing last month.  I’ve been shaking my head about this for weeks, baffled that this idea is perceived as credible by anyone. And I’m not just talking about those of us in the industry.  

Your average consumer is regularly bombarded with an extraordinary selection in new devices, apps and services.  Over the course of the past 15 years, this industry has been characterized by mind-blowing innovation, and continually new and improved services for lower prices.  Is there really a legitimate fear that all of that innovation and wonder will simply end with this transaction?  Of course not, but the rhetoric from our merger opponents on the “innovation issue” has continued.  Well, they can finally stop beating that drum because this week, the innovators have spoken and they are telling policymakers a different story. 

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It’s World IPv6 Day

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

By Chris Boyer, AT&T Assistant Vice President-Public Policy, and Brooks Fitzsimmons, AT&T Assistant Vice President-Project Program Management 

Every day there seems to be a new gadget or other device hitting the market.  Earlier this week, all eyes were on San Francisco to see the latest news coming from Apple’s WorldWide Developer Summit.  So, what does this have to do with IPv6?  Simply put, the explosive growth of the Internet driven by computers, smart phones, netbooks, tablets and the like, while bringing new innovation, is also creating a challenge for technologists – we are running out of IP addresses.  

Currently, IP addresses fall under the IPv4 standard which has been in place since 1981.  However IPv4 lacks sufficient address space (4.3 billion) to keep up with the surging demand.  IPv6 is the successor technology to IPv4 and should be capable of supporting a virtually limitless number of devices.  

Thus, today, the Internet Society (ISOC) is hosting World IPv6 day, which involves several organizations, including AT&T, offering content over IPv6 for a period of 24 hours as a sort of “test flight”.   The purpose is to encourage all industry stakeholders to adequately gear up for the actual transition to IPv6. 

AT&T is participating in World IPv6 day both as a content provider (YP.com and research.att.com) and as a provider of network and hosting services.  In those capacities, AT&T’s research labs will be monitoring the performance and reachability of the web sites and our backbone network and peering points.     

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AT&T Statement on High-Tech,
VC Support for T-Mobile Merger

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Yesterday, several companies and venture capitalists in the high-tech community filed letters with the Federal Communications Commission in support of AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile USA.  The following statement may be attributed to AT&T Chairman, CEO and President Randall Stephenson:  

“We’re pleased to have such strong support from Silicon Valley for our merger.  These are among the most innovative companies and investors in America, and they recognize the link between our merger with T-Mobile and continued innovation in mobile broadband.”

AVAYA, Brocade, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM and Yahoo! 

Sequoia Capital 

Joint Venture Capitalist Letter

Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

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Empowering Entrepreneurs at
National Small Business Week

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

By Cathy Martine, AT&T EVP-Small Business Solutions & Alternate Channels

Thousands of small business owners and their supporters recently descended upon Washington, D.C., for the 48th annual U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week to honor and recognize the contributions and achievements made by outstanding entrepreneurs. This year’s theme of empowering entrepreneurs couldn’t be more appropriate, as I had the good fortune to be there and witness government agencies, thought leaders and enterprises come together to offer support and provide small companies with the resources, tools and technologies they need to work better, faster, smarter and more efficiently.   

Here at AT&T, we are dedicated to supporting the needs of small businesses and we participated in many events throughout the week to demonstrate that support. From our sponsorship and collaboration with SCORE for the “Growing Your Business While on the Go” workshop, to providing insights during the Exporting Forum, we had the chance to engage with small business owners and hear first-hand how technology is enabling these companies to thrive.   

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