Investing in Regulation Rather than Networks

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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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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 Federal Regulatory Relations

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 Federal Regulatory Relations

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 an AT&T spokesperson:  “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, as contributions from the entire industry will be necessary…

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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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