Understanding the Potential Cost of an Expanded Lifeline Program

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

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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AT&T Statement on
FCC’s 5G Open RAN Forum

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “This forum will provide an opportunity to discuss the critical need for government policies that foster a diverse and secure 5G marketplace through the deployment of open standards-based solutions. We appreciate Chairman Pai’s leadership and we look…

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FCC’s 5G Open RAN Forum

We Need to Fundamentally Rethink How USF Programs are Funded

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

As of July 1, the Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution factor exceeded 26%.  In other words, for every dollar consumers and businesses spend on voice and data transport services, service providers must pay more than a quarter towards supporting USF programs, a heavy tax by any measure. The USF contribution factor has been creeping up…

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AT&T Commends FCC for Taking Steps to Implement Broadband DATA Act

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We welcome today’s action by the FCC to implement the Broadband DATA Act to create more accurate broadband maps. Creating more granular and detailed broadband maps sets an important foundation to close the broadband gap.  We look forward to continuing to…

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Broadband Connectivity
During the Age of COVID-19

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

As we continue to navigate broadband during the Age of COVID-19, it is important to take stock of what has worked well, what hasn’t and what action we need to take to ensure a prosperous future for all Americans. Let’s start with what’s working.  By all accounts, the broadband networks we all depended on to…

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During the Age of COVID-19

AT&T Statement on Rural
Digital Opportunity Fund

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “AT&T is committed to helping close the digital divide and ensuring that consumers across the U.S. can reap the benefits of broadband.  We applaud the Commission for making targeted changes to the original proposal that should help…

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Digital Opportunity Fund

AT&T Statement on Passage of Legislation to Improve U.S. Broadband Mapping

In passing S.1822, the Broadband DATA Act, the Senate continued the bipartisan efforts of the House, which passed H.R. 4229, the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (Broadband DATA Act), and H.R. 4227, the Mapping Accuracy Promotion Services Act (MAPS Act), earlier this week.  The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive…

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AT&T Statement on 5G Spectrum Act

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “The U.S. leads the world in the deployment of 5G, and we applaud Senators Roger Wicker and John Thune for their commitment to maintaining America’s leadership position. Coupled with the FCC’s announcement yesterday, the 5G Spectrum Act will ensure that…

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AT&T Statement on D.C. Circuit Court Net Neutrality Decision

Attribute the following statement to AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel David R. McAtee II:  “Today, the D.C. Circuit upheld the FCC’s 2017 decision to pursue a market-based, ‘light-touch’ policy for governing the internet — an approach that relies on Title I of the Act as opposed to the utility-style regulation under Title…

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AT&T Statement on Promoting Telehealth in Rural America

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal & State External Affairs: “AT&T supports the FCC’s efforts to streamline the Rural Health Care Program and prevent waste, fraud and abuse. These steps will offer much needed transparency to the process, helping rural healthcare providers maintain the integrity of the…

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