Empowering the Consumer

By Celia Nogales, Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Today, CTIA – The Wireless Association, released an updated version of the “Consumer Code for Wireless Service.”  Developed seven years ago, the Code is designed to ensure consumers have the information they need in choosing and managing wireless services.  With the rapidly changing marketplace, consumers can choose from a…

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The USF Beat – Part 2: The Mississippi and Alabama Situation

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

My previous blog post examined how a wireless provider like AT&T mobility ended up getting money from the Federal Universal Service Fund (USF), and why AT&T continues to receive money from a fund which it has been urging the FCC to reform for years. In this blog, I take a closer look at the USF…

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Walking the USF Beat

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

If, like me, you’re in a sports fan diaspora (i.e., you grew up someplace else and continue to follow the teams you rooted for when you were a kid), you’re probably familiar with the feeling you get when the local paper has a full-length article about one of your teams.  It’s a mix of excitement…

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AT&T Statement on USF Bill

Today, U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Lee Terry introduced the Universal Service Reform Act of 2010. The following may be attributed to AT&T’s Executive Vice President-Federal Relations, Tim McKone: “AT&T applauds Chairman Boucher and Rep. Terry for their determined efforts to bring the benefits of…

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AT&T Statement on Sen. Rockefeller and Public Safety Legislation

Background – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today announced his intent to introduce the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act. The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President-Federal Relations. “AT&T applauds Senator Rockefeller’s commitment to introduce the Public…

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The 20th Anniversary of the ADA

By Susan Mazrui, AT&T Director of Public Policy On Monday, I had the privilege to participate in events led by the White House, in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Commerce, highlighting the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the role that technology has played in providing a…

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It’s Not Just About Price

In the FCC’s 14th Annual Wireless Competition Report, the Commission identifies three broad categories of non-price rivalry among wireless providers, including, (1) network upgrades; (2) product information and perception; and (3) downstream product differentiation.   With the launch of a new smartphone almost every month – the new Bold, the new iPhone, the Incredible – the…

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An Unreasonable Conclusion

The FCC’s conclusion that broadband is not being reasonably deployed in the U.S., on a national basis, based upon 7 million homes in rural America that would require $23.5 billion in federal subsidies to connect to wireline broadband, is an unreasonable conclusion.  Here is why. As a part of its National Broadband Plan, the FCC…

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