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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AT&T Applauds FCC for Helping Industry, Law Enforcement Combat Robocalls

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We applaud the FCC for its continued work to help the industry and law enforcement combat unwanted and illegal calls by further implementing the TRACED Act. We look forward to continuing to work with the Commission on…

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Broadband Connectivity
During the Age of COVID-19

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

As we continue to navigate broadband during the Age of COVID-19, it is important to take stock of what has worked well, what hasn’t and what action we need to take to ensure a prosperous future for all Americans. Let’s start with what’s working.  By all accounts, the broadband networks we all depended on to…

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During the Age of COVID-19

AT&T Statement on FCC Action to Accelerate Deployment of 5G Wireless Infrastructure

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Today, the FCC clarified Section 6409 of the Spectrum Act of 2012 to help speed up the deployment of 5G wireless infrastructure to American consumers and businesses. The COVID-19 health crisis has reinforced the need for all Americans to have access to next-generation broadband technologies and…

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AT&T Reaches Agreement with FOX to Ensure DIRECTV Customers Continue to Receive Network TV Programming After STELAR Ends

AT&T has entered into a new multi-year agreement with FOX to ensure thousands of DIRECTV customers, who might otherwise lose access to FOX with the end of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act, continue to receive FOX network content. This agreement will help essential workers stay connected during COVID-19. Until recently, STELAR authorized…

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AT&T Urges Congress to Repeal Mandate to Auction T-Band Spectrum

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “There are public safety agencies currently utilizing T-band spectrum to support daily operations and emergency events, including the current COVID-19 public health crisis. The decision by Congress in 2012 to mandate the auction of the T-band next year must be…

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