Walking in L.A.

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

When I was a student at UCLA, my car (that was uninsured for theft) was stolen. I suddenly found myself without basic transportation in Los Angeles. The logistics of getting to school and work became quite challenging, forget about attempting a doctor’s appointment or a social event. I became a slave to bus schedules and…

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FCC Reform: Let’s Start With the Enforcement Bureau

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

FCC reform is a topic of much discussion these days.  Indeed, Chairman Pai has already initiated some important process reforms and we anticipate that more are coming.  Clearer and more transparent processes will lead to better regulatory results. We have also been contemplating reform and will, from time to time, be posting our ideas for regulatory…

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Leaning Toward the IP Future

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Three years ago, AT&T commenced two technology transition trials with the goal of identifying and resolving operational, technical, and public policy issues associated with migrating legacy TDM services to an IP future. Now, three years later, AT&T has achieved many of the goals it established for the trials:  the trials accelerated and increased the dialogue…

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Making Access to Broadband A Reality for Low-Income Americans

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

AT&T has long supported universal access to broadband for all Americans.  And through our Access from AT&T low cost broadband program, we are making broadband a reality for low-income consumers for $10 a month or less.  We believe that, at this time, Access from AT&T is a better way for AT&T to address broadband adoption than…

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BDS Reform: Winners and Losers

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Yesterday, Chairman Walden cautioned the FCC that instituting new regulations at this time is unnecessary, unwanted and unfair.  Yet next week, the FCC plans to vote on the sweeping nationwide re-regulation of TDM-based transport and access services.  The FCC’s proposal, as outlined in the Business Data Services (BDS) Fact Sheet released some weeks ago, picks…

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Making Mobility Fund II Work

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

As part of the Connect America Fund (CAF), the FCC created the Mobility Fund – a universal service support mechanism dedicated exclusively to mobile services – and in 2012 held the first Mobility Fund (MFI) auction. Since that time, the FCC has gained substantial experience with other CAF programs, including CAF I and II. So,…

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A Personal Note

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

This week, I am privileged to take over leadership of AT&T’s Federal Regulatory team in AT&T’s DC office. I take the reins from my mentor, boss and friend, Bob Quinn, as he rises to succeed Jim Cicconi, who leaves us for the next chapter of his life and a richly-deserved retirement. This opportunity comes to…

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Broadband Investment: Not for the Faint of Heart

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

July 2007: In exchange for FCC action on its demand for four specific “open access” conditions on the 700 MHz Upper C Block, Google commits to bidding $4.6B in the 700 MHz auction. January 2008: When the auction closes, it becomes clear that wireless companies – not Google – shouldered the multi-billion dollar cost of…

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Facts not Fiat

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, AT&T filed its response to a July 27 Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) issued by the FCC for alleged violations of the lowest corresponding price (LCP) requirements of the E-rate program.  These rules say that in order to participate in the E-rate program, a carrier must charge a participating school, library or consortium no…

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A Return to Permission-Less Innovation

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The latest chapter of the Wi-Fi vs. LTE-U saga unfolded this month as the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) announced that, after many months, it was finally closing in on an approved LTE-U coexistence test plan but surprised everyone by suggesting that the test plan should also include LTE-LAA. To understand why this is so aggravating, we…

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