Broadband Products Supporting Low-Income Households

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

There is a lot of momentum in Washington, D.C. and in state governments right now to improve the adoption of broadband by addressing the issue of affordability for low-income communities. But the challenge has also produced a lot of debate over the best way to move forward. To decide what policies will do the most…

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FirstNet’s Newest Deployable
Assets are Furry Ones

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

FirstNet®, Built with AT&T is the premier platform in the U.S. for public safety communications, providing first responders dedicated connectivity on a purpose-built, highly secure network to support their communication during everything from major events to disasters to everyday operations. On FirstNet, we make sure first responders have connectivity when and where they need it. Public…

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Assets are Furry Ones

If You Build It, They Still May Not Come: Thoughts on Digital Literacy and Engagement

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

In the digital divide debate, much of the focus is on solving for two problems – broadband availability and affordability. To be sure, both are essential pieces to any solution that is targeted toward getting 100% of Americans connected. But there is a third leg of the stool that is less well understood and often…

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Broadband Availability:
Sizing the Scope of the Challenge

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

As legislators and policymakers debate the best approach for closing the digital divide, the analysis should be grounded in data to illuminate the scope of the challenge we currently face. First, we must highlight the critical importance of address-level mapping to target funding as precisely as possible to those housing units currently lacking adequate fixed…

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Sizing the Scope of the Challenge

Defining Broadband
For the 21st Century

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

As we turn the corner on the pandemic, and drive toward economic recovery, delivering broadband connectivity to every home and every farm, in every city and town, large and small, has become a national priority.  Billions of dollars have already been directed to broadband infrastructure and affordability in stimulus legislation, and we anticipate a significant…

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For the 21st Century

A Bold Plan for a Connected America

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Last week, the National Urban League released a report on “Connecting and Uplifting America.” The report focuses on a singular and essential question: “How can the tools of the information economy be employed to create a more equitable and inclusive society.” I am reminded of poet Amanda Gorman’s verse on Inauguration Day, where she observed that…

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New Year, New Solutions: Reforming Universal Service Contributions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

On January 1, 2021, the Universal Service Fund contribution factor officially hit 31.8% — a new and alarming all-time high.  Policymakers have wrestled with concerns over the rising factor for years but crossing the 30% threshold is a serious wake-up call.  A USF contribution factor of around 5% was the norm until 2005 when it…

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2021 – Closing the Homework Gap Together

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

One thing we all learned last year was the power of connection – the critical need to stay digitally connected to our work, school, family and friends. It was a year that accelerated the move to digital, changing permanently how we communicate, learn and work. Sadly, nearly 17 million children across America are disconnected from…

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The RDOF Auction Results and Implications for U.S. Broadband Policy

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

The preliminary results of the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction are now public and while it is a long road from auction results to authorization of funding to actual deployment, the results have significant implications for U.S. broadband policy.  The locations covered in the Phase I auction represent the rural locations that are…

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Gambling with our 5G Future

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Today, AT&T is responding to a Request for Information from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that seeks comment on spectrum sharing technologies and leasing arrangements; asks whether the DoD should own and operate its own 5G network; and addresses myriad technical, statutory, legal, regulatory and policy issues associated with new approaches to spectrum sharing.  What’s really…

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