FirstNet’s Security, Reliability
Should Not Be Sacrificed

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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 worth…

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Should Not Be Sacrificed

Expanding the Reach of Connected Care Technologies

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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,…

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The New Marshall in Town

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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….

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Leaning Toward our 5G Future

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

A few weeks ago, AT&T planted a flag in the 5G ground by announcing our intent to be the first U.S. company to introduce mobile 5G service in the U.S.  We are targeting a dozen markets to roll out mobile 5G service by late 2018.  With 5G, we are building the technology infrastructure that will…

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More Heat than Light

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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…

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

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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…

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The Tale of Three Storms

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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…

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The Heart of the Storm

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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….

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Ensuring an Open Internet while Fostering Innovation and Investment

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Today, AT&T filed reply comments on the FCC’s proposal to restore the longstanding, bipartisan consensus that internet access service is an information service, a status that it enjoyed for all but two of the past 20 years. Opponents of returning internet access service to that status make no attempt to balance the costs and benefits…

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