AT&T Statement on Commissioner Baker’s Departure from FCC

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm

FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker today announced her departure from the Commission.  The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External & Legislative Affairs, and Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: 

“The FCC, the industry, and American consumers have greatly benefitted from Commissioner Baker’s dedication to public service and her extensive knowledge in communications policy.  We are sorry to see her leave the Commission but we wish Meredith all the best and we look forward to continuing to work with her in her new capacity.”

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AT&T Applauds Rep. Eshoo on Her
Commitment to Broadband Deployment

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs.

“We are grateful to Rep. Eshoo for introducing legislation that will facilitate broadband deployment in areas where highways are being built with federal funding. This terrific bill provides an imaginative way to lower deployment costs while easing some of the inconveniences citizens encounter during the installation of fiber-optic communications cable. We look forward to continuing to work with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Eshoo and Rep. Waxman, an original cosponsor. We appreciate their leadership in helping to get our nation to 100 percent broadband availability.”

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Does Sprint Really Care
About West Virginia?

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

The following statement is in response to Sprint’s filing with the West Virginia Public Service Commission and may be attributed to J. Michael Schweder, AT&T’s President of the Mid-Atlantic Region:

“AT&T is trying to bring the latest and fastest mobile Internet service to most of the citizens of West Virginia.  Since Sprint is trying to stop that, we hope state officials will ask Sprint what its own plans are for bringing LTE speeds to the people of West Virginia.  We suspect Sprint either has no such plan, or that its own plans pale in comparison to AT&T’s.  In either case, we’re confident West Virginians will see Sprint’s filing for what it is – a cynical effort to hurt a competitor, even if the ones truly hurt are the many people of West Virginia who would be denied the fast mobile Internet speeds they need and want.”

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Public’s Interest is in Improved Service,
Expanded LTE Wireless

Posted by: Joan Marsh on April 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Today, we filed some paperwork with the FCC – our official applications to transfer licenses from T-Mobile USA, Deutsche Telekom ’s U.S. subsidiary, to AT&T.  We also filed a public interest statement and some other supporting documents.  It’s certainly a lot to read so we tried to break it down into key points.  You can check out a comprehensive executive summary of our filing on our MobilizeEverything website.  

The bottom line is that our merger with T-Mobile USA will offer significant benefits to American consumers.  It will address capacity constraints that both of our companies face, which will enable the combined company to provide improved services in the many urban, suburban, and rural markets where the enormous surge in broadband usage is fast consuming available capacity.  What this means is fewer dropped calls, fewer failed call attempts, and better data throughput. 

Our subscribers have the highest percentage of data hungry smartphones among all U.S. wireless providers.  We’ve seen mobile data volumes on our network skyrocket by a staggering 8000% from 2007 to 2010…and we expect to see accelerating growth going forward. 

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AT&T Statement on USF and ICC Reform

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on April 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The FCC officially began its process today to modernize its telephone subsidy programs, the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) system.   The comments we filed today highlight the urgent need to update these policies if the Commission hopes to achieve its National Broadband Plan goals.  The following statement may be attributed to AT&T’s Vice-President, Federal Regulatory Hank Hultquist:    

“The overriding goal of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan – to ensure that all Americans have access to, and use, broadband services – will not be achieved unless sweeping reforms of USF and ICC are enacted.  Policymakers have long recognized that broadband is ‘the straw the stirs the drink’ for future economic growth, jobs and innovation, and is critical for improving healthcare, education and the environment.  And, to achieve these broadband goals, policies that are hindering broadband investment and adoption in rural and high-cost areas need to be reformed.   

“We all understand that communications technology is undergoing a historic transformation from narrowband Plain Old Telephone service (POTS) to broadband IP-enabled services.  Where we once bought local or long distance voice service separately, voice is now simply another app you download.  Where we once tethered a black rotary phone to a wall, we are now tethering wireless devices to go online from a laptop.  But regulatory policies and regulations have woefully lagged behind these changes, and by doing so are thwarting our country’s broadband goals. 

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