Delivering on the Broadband Promise to All Americans

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

If last week’s House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on broadband infrastructure is any measure, there appears to be growing consensus that any new infrastructure bill should include dollars for broadband – arguably the most essential infrastructure for American progress and productivity. As Chairman Blackburn observed, “we are all tired of hearing stories about parents…

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AT&T Statement on Chairman Pai’s Renomination to FCC

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “President Trump’s decision to renominate Chairman Pai to the FCC is a recognition of the tremendous value he brings to the agency. In just a few short weeks, Chairman Pai has demonstrated his commitment to making…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Order Eliminating Outdated Accounting Rules

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Despite dramatic upheavals in the telecom industry over the course of the last few decades, outdated accounting rules remained in place for price cap carriers until today.  At today’s meeting, the Pai Commission adopted an Order eliminating these costly and…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Action on Mobility Fund II and CAF II Auctions

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “While many of us take broadband services for granted, many Americans living in rural communities remain unconnected.  Low population density, topographical barriers, and significant geographical distances make it economically unviable to deploy broadband in many rural areas. Today, the FCC,…

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Walking in L.A.

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

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

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

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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AT&T Statement on FCC Wireless Bureau’s Decision to Close Sponsored Data Inquiry

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Today’s announcement is a win for the millions of consumers who are reaping the benefits of services made available through free data programs. We’re pleased that these innovative products will be able to continue to flourish in the marketplace.”…

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AT&T Statement on Chairman Pai’s Process Reform Pilot Program

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Clear and transparent processes lead to better regulatory results. FCC Chairman Pai made clear his commitment to these goals with the voting process reform he enacted at his first Open Meeting. “Today’s announcement underscores that commitment even further. The…

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AT&T Statement on Protecting Customers’ Privacy Rights

Today, in a petition to stay the Federal Communications Commission’s flawed privacy rules, several associations representing U.S. internet service providers (ISPs) released detailed principles, fully supported by AT&T, that reaffirm ISPs’ commitment to protecting customers’ privacy online. The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T has…

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How the Public Safety Bureau Paper Gets Cybersecurity Wrong

By Chris Boyer, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy  Last week, the FCC’s Public Safety Bureau issued a white paper on “Cybersecurity Risk Reduction” that raised several issues around the role of Internet service providers (ISPs) in cybersecurity.  While there are too many flaws in the paper to mention them all here, two…

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