Knowledge is Power

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

At AT&T, we believe control of wireless products and services should be in the hands of our customers.  We believe that customers should understand what fees they will incur when they use their devices.  And we believe we need to provide our customers with the tools they need to understand their usage and manage their…

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The Mobile Broadband Tsunami

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Although I don’t normally like to advertise for our competitors, I can’t help but draw attention to GigaOm’s recent mobile broadband buying guide, which does a great job of highlighting the robust competition in the mobile broadband space.  The guide seeks to navigate the vast array of choices available to consumers and notes that, with…

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When Apps Attack

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Anyone who believes that FCC-mandated net neutrality could or should be applied to wireless networks ought to read Mike Dano’s recent article at FierceWireless.  Dano’s focus is an FCC filing earlier this year by T-Mobile which described in detail the damage caused by a poorly designed instant messaging app that pinged the network with substantial frequency creating…

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Getting More for Less in the Wireless Marketplace, Says GAO

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

The GAO recently released a report on competition in the wireless industry.  The report was overwhelmingly a good news story for American consumers.  First, and most importantly, the report contained a wealth of data confirming that the wireless marketplace is effectively competitive.  For example, it found that there are more than 140 facilities-based companies offering…

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The Summer’s Hottest Hotspot

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Last month, Chicago’s Wrigleyville became the summer’s hottest hotspot.  Not because of the swinging bats of the Chicago Cubs.  And not because of the cool crowds gathering at Murphy’s Bleachers or the Cubby Bear.  On August 4, AT&T launched the Wrigleyville hotzone – a Wi-Fi installation in the shadow of Wrigley Field designed to enhance…

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Unlocking the Potential Of AWS-3 Spectrum

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Yesterday, Chairman Genachowski removed from circulation the AWS-3 draft item, ending a long and largely frustrating debate about disposition of the AWS-3 spectrum at 2155-2180 MHz.  A mountain of paper was amassed over the question of whether the spectrum should be auctioned subject to a unique set of restrictions that would have limited the use of…

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A Few More Thoughts on Wireless

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

I got a lot of reaction to my original blog entitled Wireless is Different.  Some good, some critical, but all of it important to the debate.  I welcomed it all, especially the responses from those that disagreed, because it creates an opportunity for a better explanation, a more detailed understanding of what’s actually happening out…

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Wireless is Different

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

It’s now day four of the aftermath of the Verizon-Google net neutrality announcement and the number of voices weighing in on the matter continues to grow.  Monday’s news fanned what was already a passionate discussion.  And it also brought into focus a critical aspect of the net neutrality debate – the treatment of wireless networks…

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The Fallacy of the 1 GHz Line

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

One of the many things that caught my eye in the FCC’s most recent Wireless Competition Report is a detailed analysis of carrier spectrum holdings.  Not surprising – spectrum has been called the lifeblood of the industry. In the report, the Commission takes an in-depth look at who holds what and where. But they draw…

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Dewey Defeats Truman

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Occasionally, a conclusion is reached that is so unhinged from the facts that it defies explanation.  So it is with the 14th Edition of the Mobile Wireless Competition Report released today by the FCC. Actually, it was not a conclusion in this case that baffles, but the lack of one.  After reviewing an extensive record…

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