AT&T Commends FCC’s Changes to 800 MHz Licensing, PSD Rules

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “We commend the FCC for modernizing and streamlining the cellular licensing rules by transitioning from site-by-site to geographic area licensing. The site-by-site cellular licensing regime was put in place more than 30 years ago. By its actions yesterday, the FCC…

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AT&T Statement re: President Obama’s Plan for the Government to Regulate the Internet

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “Today’s announcement by the White House, if acted upon by the FCC, would be a mistake that will do tremendous harm to the Internet and to U.S. national interests.  It is a complete reversal of a bipartisan policy that has been in place since the Clinton…

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Investing in Regulation Rather than Networks

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In the last couple weeks, in a series of meetings with the FCC, T-Mobile continued its on-going campaign for rate regulation of roaming services.  T-Mobile frames its argument as a request for clarification. But make no mistake – T-Mobile is not seeking a clarification of the Commission’s 2011 Data Roaming Rules.  It is instead seeking…

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A Most Unusual Deal

While the comment period on our merger with DIRECTV won’t close until November 5th, the recent round of filings allows us to take stock of where this deal stands in terms of both support and opposition.  And I’d have to say that, so far, we’re very encouraged. As my fellow telecom policy nerds know, the…

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AT&T Statement on the Deployment Of Wireless Broadband Infrastructure

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “The FCC order adopted today will expedite the deployment of new and modified wireless facilities, and it provides clarification of certain federal statutes that were enacted to streamline state and local review of wireless infrastructure deployments.  The regulatory relief gained from this order will directly benefit…

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Accelerating Broadband, Part III

by Jeanine Poltronieri

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I was very encouraged last week after reading a blog by Roger Sherman, Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Bureau, on the Commission’s draft report and order to modernize and streamline the rules for cellular licenses in the 800 MHz band. During the year that the FCC set aside spectrum for the first cellular licenses, Ronald…

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Accelerating Broadband, Part II

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

A couple months ago, the FCC unanimously adopted an order streamlining the rules for tower marking and lighting.  That was the first in a series of Wireless Bureau items designed to remove regulatory obstacles to clear the way for more efficient broadband deployment.  The Bureau is now moving forward with an even more ambitious effort to rationalize…

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Interference on the Line

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In May, the FCC issued a comprehensive incentive auction framework order that represented a substantial step toward a successful auction.  While the order resolved many open issues, it also set the stage for a series of new ones and the published list of follow-on proceedings made clear that significant work remains to be done. Of…

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AT&T Response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Future of Broadband Speech

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “Today, Chairman Wheeler highlighted the need for faster and better broadband, and for all Americans to have more competitive broadband choices.  We couldn’t agree more.  AT&T has been investing vigorously to make that vision a reality.  Since 2008, AT&T has invested nearly $119 billion, much of…

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Accelerating Broadband: DAS Good

The following may be attributed to Jeanine Poltronieri, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory: We write today to support proposed FCC actions to streamline and accelerate the siting of broadband infrastructure.  These steps will help get broadband services to consumers more quickly and help carriers expand their networks, and thus their services, expeditiously with as…

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