AT&T Response to Tucker Carlson Tonight Segment that Aired 2/24/21

We feel compelled to set the record straight on a story that ran on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Feb. 24. The story was about the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List which governs trade activities sanctioned by the U.S. government. Unfortunately, the story that aired was misleading and failed to represent all the facts about…

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AT&T Statement on the Equality Act

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T supports the Equality Act, extending full civil rights protections to our LGBTQ+ friends, coworkers, and family. This is consistent with our long-standing commitment to diversity and our work towards inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community, and we urge its passage…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Efforts to Improve Broadband Maps

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “We applaud the FCC and Commission staff for their diligent work to improve our country’s broadband maps, a critical step to connecting all Americans. Accurate maps will more precisely target areas where gaps in broadband remain and are an…

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AT&T Statement on House Bills to Foster Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “Closing the digital divide requires modernizing all of our laws that impact broadband affordability, accessibility and sustainability. We applaud Ranking Member McMorris Rodgers, Congressman Latta, and other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for tackling issues that impede…

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AT&T Statement on $7.6B Emergency Connectivity Fund for Schools and Libraries

Attribute the following to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: The pandemic highlighted the critical need for students to stay digitally connected to their schools, teachers and classmates. Today’s markup of the reconciliation package is a step in that direction. Sufficient and stable funding for broadband connectivity is a critical component to bridging the…

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AT&T Statement on Dream Act of 2021

On Thursday, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation to permanently protect the nation’s Dreamers.  Attribute the following to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “We applaud Senators Durbin and Graham for introducing legislation to permanently protect our nation’s Dreamers, including…

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A Bold Plan for a Connected America

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Last week, the National Urban League released a report on “Connecting and Uplifting America.” The report focuses on a singular and essential question: “How can the tools of the information economy be employed to create a more equitable and inclusive society.” I am reminded of poet Amanda Gorman’s verse on Inauguration Day, where she observed that…

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E-Rate 3.0 for a Remote Learning World

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Our recent blogs have focused on modernizing the FCC’s Lifeline program and fixing the broken funding mechanism that supports the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).  The FCC’s E-rate program, however, deserves equal attention as students across the country require broadband connectivity to learn from home during the pandemic. The E-rate program was designed to help…

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AT&T Statement on Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “We commend the National Urban League’s leadership with the civil rights community and policy experts in developing the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion.  We share the plan’s goal of ending the digital divide by leveraging and improving existing tools to create a more…

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