Old Whine in New Bottles

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

A group of competitive carriers led by Sprint and T-Mobile have formed a new coalition but, based on the group’s opening advocacy salvo, I don’t expect much in the way of any new or insightful arguments.  For example, they have revived the old myth that AT&T and Verizon were awarded half of their low band…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s 3.5 GHz Spectrum Sharing Order

The following statement may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “AT&T applauds the FCC for adopting today’s 3.5 GHz order that will make more spectrum available for mobile broadband use.  The Commission has taken an innovative approach in the band to facilitate spectrum sharing with incumbent government users. We look forward to the Second Further…

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The White Space Black Hole

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In 2008, in the wake of the 700 MHz auction, Google held a conference call to reveal its plans for “Wi-Fi on steroids” – a broadband wireless service to be delivered coast to coast via unlicensed white space devices, all in time for the 2009 Christmas holiday.  I remember reading a blog comment around that…

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The Devil is in the Details

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

On Friday, we filed reply comments on the FCC’s proposed procedures for the 600 MHz incentive auction.  This public notice (PN) gets down to the nuts and bolts of how the auction will be run and, in many ways, the decisions made here will be some of the most important to date. When the FCC…

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Auction 97 – More Lessons For Future Auctions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Additional reactions to Auction 97 are emerging with everyone putting their own spin on the results. First, in a blog, T-Mobile offered its view, calling the auction a disaster for U.S. consumers.  Hard to figure how they can reach that result.  The auction reallocated 50 MHz of valuable paired spectrum to the wireless industry –…

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Thoughts on Today’s Vote

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

Perhaps I’m betraying my years, but in Washington policy circles there has always been tension between those interested in solving problems and those who see policy disputes as a test of ideology.  I’d readily admit falling into the former camp, and have the policy scars to prove it.  To be sure, one must have principles…

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Lessons from Auction 97 For Future Auctions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The quiet period on Auction 97 lifted last Friday opening the period of dialogue around the most successful – and surprising – auction in the history of the FCC.  Much has already been written on the unexpected valuations and revenue raised.  I want to turn to some of the lessons to be learned from this…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Net Neutrality Proposal

Attribute the following to AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs Jim Cicconi: “We continue to believe that a middle ground exists that will allow us to safeguard the open Internet without risk to needed investment and years of legal uncertainty. We were able to find such a path in 2010, and will do…

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Title II Closing Arguments

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Today, AT&T made a couple of filings at the FCC regarding its authority to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers. Given that this decision seems driven by political considerations, I hold out little hope that the FCC will alter its course, but the letters nonetheless try to set out what we see as…

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