The Heart of the Storm

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

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 Regulatory & State External Affairs

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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AT&T Statement on Senate Confirmation of Rosenworcel, Carr to FCC

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “I want to congratulate Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel on their Senate confirmations to the FCC, which complete a deep bench of talent and expertise at the agency. Both are dedicated and respected public officials. Consumers and our industry will…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Actions to Advance Broadband Deployment to Rural Americans

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Nearly 30 million rural Americans do not have broadband service today.  AT&T commends Chairman Pai and his fellow Commissioners for moving forward promptly with these two critical broadband programs.  The Connect America Fund II and Mobility Fund II auctions are…

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Mobility Fund II – a Win for Rural Consumers

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

While we take mobile broadband services for granted in urban environments, many rural Americans still don’t have access to wireless service to keep them connected to family, work and other vital services.   Travel just 75 miles from D.C., and chances are you could find yourself in a small community without wireless voice or broadband coverage….

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AT&T Statement on AIRWAVES Act

Today, Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum Act, or the ”AIRWAVES Act.” The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T congratulates Senators Gardner and Hassan for introducing a unique bill to address the…

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A Day of Reflection after the Day of Action

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Remember Dudley Do-Right?  He was the dim-witted but affable Canadian Mountie with the cleft chin who busied himself saving Nell from his arch enemy, Snidely Whiplash.  Snidely, of course, was always portrayed as a good nemesis should be – in a black coat and top hat, with a strangely menacing mustache and a greenish pallor. …

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When the Earth, Sun and Moon Align: Are we Witnessing Momentum for Legislation?

by Tim McKone

Executive Vice President of Federal Relations

This morning, Chairman Walden announced his intent for his Committee to hold a hearing on net neutrality in September, inviting companies from across the internet ecosystem to help craft a sustainable legislative solution.  Chairman Walden observed rightly that almost everyone is in agreement about fundamental open internet principles to prevent anti-competitive behavior such as throttling…

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Remarks by Joan Marsh at the MMTC 15th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference

The following are remarks by Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory, as prepared for delivery at the MMTC 15th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2017: We live in an age of innovation and disruption. In these interesting times, I think it’s important to be…

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