The Power of Licensed Spectrum

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, or PCAST, recently released a Report on “Realizing the Full Potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth.”  The recommendations contained in the Report were driven by the fact that mobile data volumes continue to grow at an astounding pace, and that responding to this demand…

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AT&T Statement on PCAST Government Spectrum Report

Washington, D.C. – The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) today released a report on government-held spectrum.  The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “While we are still reviewing the PCAST report, we are encouraged by the sustained interest in exploring ways to free up…

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Rewarding Misbehavior…

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

Earlier this week, I wrote about the special access order circulated at the Commission and explained why a backwards looking focus on legacy, practically-obsolete technology would lead to less fiber infrastructure investment, less innovation, less job creation and would be completely contrary to the Obama Administration’s goals in each of those areas.  Today, I am…

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Repealing De-Regulation: How Not to Build a Roadmap Towards an All-IP World

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

The FCC has circulated an order that would undo more than 12 years of Clinton-era, deregulatory pricing policy on legacy non-packet services.  The services in question are called “special access” services – 95% of which are slow 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) TDM (think POTS) services.  That is not a misprint.  We are not talking about 100…

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Administration Takes Step to Free Up Federal Spectrum for Commercial Use

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a report outlining how spectrum currently allocated to the U.S Government can be made available for commercial mobile services. The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President-Federal Regulatory: “Today, the NTIA released its report on clearing the path to reallocate 95 MHz…

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Clips from FSF’s Telecom Policy Conference

Jim Cicconi On Tuesday, AT&T’s Jim Cicconi spoke at the Free State Foundation’s Telecom Policy Conference and addressed government regulation of the Internet.  He discussed the steps some international policymakers have taken to impose onerous regulations on the industry.  And while President Obama and his Administration has strongly opposed such measures, the US Government’s policies…

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AT&T Statement on T-Mobile Closing Seven Call Centers

The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “Yesterday, T-Mobile made the sad announcement that it would be closing seven call centers, laying off thousands of workers, and that more layoff announcements may follow. Normally, we’d not comment on something like this. But I…

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The Value of Public-Private Partnerships

By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Homeland Security Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that AT&T is the first company to be certified under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program, or PS-Prep, which is a partnership between DHS and private entities and is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency….

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Administration’s White Paper On Privacy Strikes Positive Tone

By Jeff Brueggeman, AT&T Vice President of Public Policy and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Collaboration, consensus and consistency are key design principles in developing good public policy.  And we’re encouraged that a white paper issued yesterday by President Obama’s Administration embraces those principles. All of us have a stake in the Internet ecosystem – whether it’s…

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Keeping the Internet Safe

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: “Keeping the Internet safe for consumers to browse, transact business and communicate is an important objective not only for AT&T but any other business that operates online.  “AT&T has a long history of working with the…

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