Gambling with our 5G Future

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Today, AT&T is responding to a Request for Information from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that seeks comment on spectrum sharing technologies and leasing arrangements; asks whether the DoD should own and operate its own 5G network; and addresses myriad technical, statutory, legal, regulatory and policy issues associated with new approaches to spectrum sharing.  What’s really…

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AT&T Statement on Bicameral Bill to Open Mid-Band Spectrum for Commercial Use

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, Executive Vice President of Federal Relations, AT&T. “We commend Ranking Member Walden, Ranking Member Latta, Ranking Member Guthrie, Chairman Wicker and Chairman Thune for introducing legislation designating valuable mid-band spectrum to be auctioned for 5G deployment. This legislation follows a letter signed last week by 19 senators…

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FCC Votes to Expand Use of Spectrum Band in Support of Public Safety

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “The 4.9 GHz band, while currently under-utilized, contains enormous potential to provide more expansive support of public safety communications. Informal coordination requirements have limited the spectrum band’s usage to date, and we appreciate the FCC’s efforts to…

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FCC Takes Steps to Unleash More Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We applaud the FCC for acting quickly to move this critical mid-band 3.45 GHz spectrum into the marketplace. Following the Administration’s commitment last month to allow for commercial use in the band, the Commission’s actions today set…

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FCC Continues Implementation of Robocall Blocking Statute

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We appreciate the FCC’s continued efforts to implement the TRACED Act and help the industry and law enforcement combat unwanted and illegal calls. The Commission’s action provides further guidance as we work with the Industry Traceback Group,…

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

By Susan Santana, Vice President Legislative Strategy, AT&T California Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) is a time to reflect on the incredible contributions Latinos have made to our country’s social and economic vitality, as well as the importance of advancing cultural awareness and inclusion as a social and business imperative. I was born in…

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A New Era of Spectrum Aggregation

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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 Federal Regulatory Relations

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 Federal Regulatory Relations

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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