AT&T Response to FCC’s
Action on Real-Time Text (RTT)

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on April 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“Moving forward with a proceeding to allow real-time text (“RTT”) communications to replace outdated TTY technology is long overdue and the right thing to do.  We are concerned, however, that the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) spends too much time looking backward to the rules associated with the ‘antiquated technology with technical and functional limitations’ of TTY rather than forward to spur the innovations brought about by RTT.

“RTT is a technology that is being cheered by those who are impacted the most by its introduction. The Commission should take that as an indication that its focus should be on retiring 1960s-era TTY services and not on micromanaging the details of its replacement.  Technology transitions work best when the new technology is allowed the flexibility to evolve and solve old problems in new ways.  AT&T looks forward to working with the Commission to that end in its responses to the NPRM.”

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FCC Approves AT&T’s
Wi-Fi Calling Waiver

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on October 6, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Attribute the following statement to Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs:

“We’re grateful the FCC has granted AT&T’s waiver request so we can begin providing Wi-Fi calling.  At the same time we are left scratching our heads as to why the FCC still seems intent on excusing the behavior of T-Mobile and Sprint, who have been offering these services without a waiver for quite some time. Instead of initiating enforcement action against them, or at least opening an investigation, the agency has effectively invited them to now apply for similar waivers and implied that their prior flaunting of FCC rules will be ignored.  This is exactly what we meant when our letter spoke of concerns about asymmetric regulation.”

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California PUC completes review of AT&T and Leap/Cricket merger

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on November 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm

 The following blog may be attributed to Ken McNeely, AT&T California President.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) completed their extensive review of the merger between AT&T and Leap/Cricket on November 8, 2013, effectuating the transfer of Leap/Cricket California wireless registration to AT&T.  We appreciate the CPUC’s swift and fair consideration of the issues.                                                                 

Leap/Cricket is headquartered in California, and the CPUC’s review sends an important signal to the Federal government that combining the two companies is in the public’s interest, delivers real benefits to consumers, and makes sense in an increasingly competitive marketplace.  

I thank CPUC Commissioner Catherine Sandoval for her leadership in reviewing the terms of the transaction, and look forward to bringing Leap/Cricket customers into the AT&T family.  We’re advancing California’s technology and infrastructure every day – helping people to connect in new and amazing ways – and we’re pleased to have taken this important step forward.

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The Value of Universal Design

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

By Len Cali, AT&T Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy 

Did you know that one quarter of the U.S. population consists of people who are elderly, have a disability, or both?  And 30% of households in this country have a family member with a disability.  With our aging population, roughly 10,000 people turn 65 every day.  And this trend is expected to continue for the next two decades.  Think about that.  This is a significant number of Americans whose appetite for mobile broadband technologies is just as voracious as the rest of the population. 

This week, I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address at the M-Enabling Summit held here in Washington D.C.  This was the first industry event dedicated exclusively to exploring accessible and assistive mobile platforms to better serve seniors and persons with disabilities.  

Our philosophy at AT&T has always been to design products and services that benefit as many people as possible.  And our Universal Design policy provides our suppliers and internal stakeholders with a clear set of guidelines that enable us to bring accessible products and services to the marketplace.  

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Bringing Accessible
Technologies into the Cloud

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on November 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

As National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) comes to a close, we had the pleasure to attend the FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility event last Friday in Washington.  Awards were presented for developments in mainstream or assistive technologies, standards and best practices.   

Due to the hard work by our AT&T Labs colleagues (we mean you, Jay Wilpon, Amanda Stent, Thomas Okken and Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio!) in the area of speech recognition and text-to-speech technologies, we were honored to receive the Chairman’s Lifted by the Cloud award for the AT&T Speech Mashup.  And we were further humbled and proud to receive an honorable mention for the Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility. 

It was also an honor to be among such an inspiring group of award recipients, which were selected by staff of the FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I Initiative). We have been thoroughly impressed and encouraged by the other accessible technologies and services that have been highlighted throughout the nomination process.     

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