AT&T Statement on the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit

Attribute the following to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “Keeping our communities connected and working to close the digital divide is a top priority. We support the FCC’s efforts to quickly develop a program that will enable more Americans to afford broadband connectivity during this unprecedented time.  Encouraging participation in…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Efforts to Improve Broadband Maps

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “We applaud the FCC and Commission staff for their diligent work to improve our country’s broadband maps, a critical step to connecting all Americans. Accurate maps will more precisely target areas where gaps in broadband remain and are an…

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AT&T Statement on House Bills to Foster Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “Closing the digital divide requires modernizing all of our laws that impact broadband affordability, accessibility and sustainability. We applaud Ranking Member McMorris Rodgers, Congressman Latta, and other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for tackling issues that impede…

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AT&T Statement on $7.6B Emergency Connectivity Fund for Schools and Libraries

Attribute the following to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: The pandemic highlighted the critical need for students to stay digitally connected to their schools, teachers and classmates. Today’s markup of the reconciliation package is a step in that direction. Sufficient and stable funding for broadband connectivity is a critical component to bridging the…

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A Bold Plan for a Connected America

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Last week, the National Urban League released a report on “Connecting and Uplifting America.” The report focuses on a singular and essential question: “How can the tools of the information economy be employed to create a more equitable and inclusive society.” I am reminded of poet Amanda Gorman’s verse on Inauguration Day, where she observed that…

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E-Rate 3.0 for a Remote Learning World

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Our recent blogs have focused on modernizing the FCC’s Lifeline program and fixing the broken funding mechanism that supports the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).  The FCC’s E-rate program, however, deserves equal attention as students across the country require broadband connectivity to learn from home during the pandemic. The E-rate program was designed to help…

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AT&T Statement on Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “We commend the National Urban League’s leadership with the civil rights community and policy experts in developing the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion.  We share the plan’s goal of ending the digital divide by leveraging and improving existing tools to create a more…

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AT&T Statement on Acting FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “We look forward to working with Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel as she assumes responsibility for the agency and the important tasks before her, including the management of new programs that will make broadband more accessible and affordable to…

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New Year, New Solutions: Reforming Universal Service Contributions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

On January 1, 2021, the Universal Service Fund contribution factor officially hit 31.8% — a new and alarming all-time high.  Policymakers have wrestled with concerns over the rising factor for years but crossing the 30% threshold is a serious wake-up call.  A USF contribution factor of around 5% was the norm until 2005 when it…

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2021 – Closing the Homework Gap Together

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

One thing we all learned last year was the power of connection – the critical need to stay digitally connected to our work, school, family and friends. It was a year that accelerated the move to digital, changing permanently how we communicate, learn and work. Sadly, nearly 17 million children across America are disconnected from…

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