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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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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The Roaming Marketplace is Working

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

T-Mobile, which advertises itself as the “un-carrier,” has asked the FCC to “un-do” its data roaming rules, which were established in 2011 to facilitate reasonable data roaming arrangements while continuing to incent network investments.  T-Mobile now asks for a “declaratory ruling” which would effectively eviscerate that FCC decision and run afoul of the D.C. Circuit…

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Spectrum Sharing: Let’s Walk Before Running

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The FCC recently released proposed rules for the 3.5 GHz proceeding, a proceeding that has received a lot of attention as it is the first attempt to apply the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report that promotes the sharing of federal spectrum with non-federal users. The Commission has identified this spectrum…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Spectrum Aggregation and Auction Eligibility Order

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T has long argued that the FCC should adopt a spectrum aggregation and incentive auction framework that will encourage all carriers to participate vigorously in the upcoming auctions.  We specifically supported broad participation in the incentive auction,…

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AT&T Statement on Markup of Senate Tax Extenders Package

AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson issued the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee markup of the EXPIRE Act: “We applaud the markup of this important piece of legislation. The bill’s two-year commitment to these crucial tax-extenders is a bridge to meaningful comprehensive tax reform that provides the certainty needed to drive investment and…

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AT&T Statement on the FCC’s AWS-3 Report and Order

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “One of the greatest benefits of LTE-Advanced is the ability to do carrier aggregation or CA, which permits network operators to aggregate spectrum bands fragmented by legacy allocations into broader bands that enable faster data rates.  Initial CA launches are well…

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Going All-IP in Alabama, Florida

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The United States is in the midst of a historic network transition that FCC Chairman Wheeler has called “the fourth network revolution,” comparing it to the invention of the printing press, the birth of the railroad, and the advent of instantaneous communication made possible by the telegraph and the telephone.  The source of this revolution,…

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The FCC Decides to Lead on IP

by Jim Cicconi

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

The FCC today made a bold leap forward on the path to a modern 21st Century broadband world by agreeing to oversee industry-wide geographic trials.  These trials will convert legacy Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) networks to an all-IP broadband architecture.  While couched in the terms of telecom arcana, this decision is important and profound.  All…

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The End of the Beginning of the IP Transition

by Bob Quinn

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

Much has been written over the 12 months that have passed since AT&T filed its request for the Federal Communications Commission to oversee trials to facilitate the industry’s continued transition from aging communication platforms and services to new services based fully on Internet Protocol (“IP”). One important highlight in all that has been written is…

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