A New Era of Spectrum Aggregation

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The FCC has long relied on a spectrum aggregation tool to assess any transaction where an applicant is acquiring or gaining leased rights for spectrum.  The tool, triggered when an entity’s spectrum holdings would exceed a specified level, is designed to evaluate whether any one entity’s wireless license holdings would cause competitive harm. If the…

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Understanding the Potential Cost of an Expanded Lifeline Program

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Before the pandemic, we worried about the “the homework gap” – the learning that was missed because a growing number of teachers assigned homework that required internet access that was absent from many homes. Now, as the pandemic continues to force schools to rely heavily on remote learning, disconnected students are not just missing homework…

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The Neutrality Debate
We Need to Have

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

This Wednesday, the FCC will take comments on NTIA’s petition on reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a provision enacted in 1996 to address a narrow set of concerns involving nascent internet platforms that then played only a marginal role in American life.  The purpose of the provision made sense at that moment…

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We Need to Have

The March on Washington and the Meaning of Social Justice

by Tanya Lombard

AT&T Vice President of Multicultural Engagement and Strategic Alliances

Today’s March on Washington is a landmark event in the push for equality and social justice. Taking place on the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, the March brings together the civil rights community’s most important leaders, including the National Action Network, National Urban League and NAACP. Our…

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AT&T Statement on
FCC’s 5G Open RAN Forum

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “This forum will provide an opportunity to discuss the critical need for government policies that foster a diverse and secure 5G marketplace through the deployment of open standards-based solutions. We appreciate Chairman Pai’s leadership and we look…

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FCC’s 5G Open RAN Forum

Making Lifeline a Snap
For Eligible Households

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Benefit programs designed to help vulnerable populations have been improving their processes for many years through technology.  The USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program replaced “food stamps” with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards in the late 1990s, providing beneficiaries broad choices in shopping and enabling them to pay with “plastic.” To add further convenience,…

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For Eligible Households

We Need to Fundamentally Rethink How USF Programs are Funded

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

As of July 1, the Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution factor exceeded 26%.  In other words, for every dollar consumers and businesses spend on voice and data transport services, service providers must pay more than a quarter towards supporting USF programs, a heavy tax by any measure. The USF contribution factor has been creeping up…

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AT&T Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

The following may be attributed to Venessa Harrison, President of AT&T Georgia: “We are saddened by the loss of one of our nation’s great heroes and an icon in American history, Congressman John Lewis. A champion for human dignity and a rabble-rousing trailblazer in the best sense, Lewis’ passion and commitment for equal justice in…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Action to Streamline 5G Builds while Protecting Historic Properties

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “FCC Commissioner Carr has been a driving force behind establishing policies that enable timely and efficient deployment of critical wireless infrastructure for 5G. His leadership in this area has been invaluable and we welcome today’s announcement, which…

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AT&T Commends FCC for Taking Steps to Implement Broadband DATA Act

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We welcome today’s action by the FCC to implement the Broadband DATA Act to create more accurate broadband maps. Creating more granular and detailed broadband maps sets an important foundation to close the broadband gap.  We look forward to continuing to…

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