Girl Power

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

I am a huge fan of Girls Who Code — an organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology one girl at a time.  Each summer, AT&T hosts a GWC cohort at a number of locations across the country, including in the DC office.  And every summer I’m given the honor of spending time… Read more »

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FirstNet’s Security, Reliability
Should Not Be Sacrificed

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body recently submitted comments to the FCC seeking “clarification concerning the guidelines and requirements for interoperability and roaming between the NPSBN and commercial wireless carriers.” Colorado withdrew those comments, and for good reason – these issues have been clearly addressed.  But as FirstNet builds momentum, it may be worthRead More FirstNet’s Security, Reliability
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Expanding the Reach of Connected Care Technologies

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

At its August Open Meeting later this week, the FCC will vote on a Notice of Inquiry into developing a “Connected Care Pilot Program.”  This program would promote connecting telehealth services to low-income consumers and veterans, particularly those who live in rural areas, through broadband-enabled healthcare services delivered outside the scope of traditional healthcare facilities,… Read more »

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A Bright Light in
Chicago’s South Side

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The AT&T team had the privilege a few weeks ago of visiting St. Sabina, an African American faith community on Chicago’s South Side. The Church, which is led by Father Mike Pfleger, espouses the credo to live as believers and doers of the Word so that when church disciples pass thru the church doors theyRead More A Bright Light in
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The New Marshall in Town

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

I write today to salute my mentor, friend and sister, Cynt Marshall, as she takes the helm as the interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. Cynt retired last year from AT&T after 36 years of dedicated and inspirational service, and certainly could have rested on her many laurels. But that is not the Cynt way.… Read more »

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More Heat than Light

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

History will remember the day that the FCC acted to adopt a rational and balanced regulatory framework of internet governance.  A day when the FCC Chairman reflected on a debate that was “more heat than light,” on the vital need for investment in broadband infrastructure in the United States and on the dangers of an… Read more »

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Responding to Disasters – Answering the Call in PR, USVI and CA

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

It’s been two weeks since I wrote a blog detailing the impact the 2017 hurricane season has had on our network and facilities, and why the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Maria in particular has made restoring the communications infrastructure in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands such an enormous challenge. Since that time… Read more »

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The Tale of Three Storms

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The 2017 hurricane season has been a monster. Three storms engulfed our country, followed by three very extensive yet different recovery and restoration efforts. As the impacted communities struggle to get back on their feet, it’s worth exploring some of the differences. Hurricane Harvey was all about water, and its communications recovery story is all… Read more »

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The Heart of the Storm

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

I travelled to Houston yesterday with John Donovan and members of his leadership team to survey the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey, which was unimaginable. We visited a central office (CO) that was swamped by six feet of water in the middle of a neighborhood where piles of debris flanked the curbs in every direction.… Read more »

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