AT&T Statement on FCC Approval of Interoperability Order and Industry Solution

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President-Federal Regulatory: “Last month, AT&T agreed to a voluntary industry framework that will resolve interoperability issues in the lower 700 MHz band. A critical prerequisite to the commitments made by AT&T is FCC action to harmonize the lower 700 MHz E Block, lowering permissible power…

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Modernizing the FCC: It’s Not Complicated

Remarks by AT&T’s Jim Cicconi as prepared for delivery at today’s Media Institute Communications Forum Luncheon in Washington, DC: It’s September in Washington, my favorite time of year.  We all pretend we’ve just gotten back from hobnobbing with the Obamas in Martha’s Vineyard, and we’re now ready to focus on the more important things.  Like…

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FCC Approves AT&T/Verizon/Grain Deal

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: “Today’s approval of the AT&T/VZW/Grain deal within the FCC’s 180-day review period demonstrates that the secondary market continues to work under Acting Chairwoman Clyburn to ensure that under-utilized spectrum is deployed quickly and efficiently.  We are…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Stopping ‘Shot Clock’ on ATN Transaction

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs: “AT&T is extremely disappointed at the FCC delay today on this small transaction.  AT&T is ready, willing and able to make significant network investments in these rural territories to bring HSPA+ and LTE services to Allied’s customers,…

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Spectrum Sharing Models above 3 GHz

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

AT&T and Google have filed a joint letter regarding the FCC’s innovative proposal to use the 3550-3650 MHz band as a way to promote major advances in spectrum sharing and small cells deployment, including “micro cells” and “het-nets.” The 3.5 GHz band, which is presently occupied by federal government radar systems, represents a significant and unique opportunity to experiment with spectrum…

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Revisiting Lower 700 MHz Interoperability

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In recent months, there has been a renewed push to drive a regulatory mandate to address the interoperability issues that challenge the lower 700 MHz band.  Perhaps acknowledging that a Band 12 mandate ignores the interference concerns present in the band, the small carriers are now arguing that B and C block licensees should be…

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Interoperability and the Thorny Issue of Interference

by Bob Quinn

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

Every three months or so, the FCC’s 700 MHz Interoperability Docket finds its way into the Washington media.  Given the recent announcement of both new and interim FCC Chairpersons and their coming agendas, I expect the issue to continue to get coverage, so let’s recap the issue and status in that proceeding. When the FCC…

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Availability of Numbers And the IP Transition

by Bob Quinn

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

FCC Commissioner Pai confirmed last week during his terrific speech at the Hudson Institute that Chairman Genachowski has circulated a draft order which would initiate a geographically limited trial gradually permitting VoIP providers to get direct access to telephone numbers without having to go through a local exchange carrier.  This is a great development on…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Adoption Of Signal Booster Standards

Attribute the following to an AT&T spokesperson: “AT&T is pleased that the FCC has adopted technical standards designed to protect our customers from interference caused by signal boosters while allowing well-designed boosters to remain in the marketplace.  For these standards to be most effective, however, it is important that they are coupled with appropriate enforcement…

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Streamlining Telegraph Rules: This is Tricky Stuff

by Bob Quinn

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

For anyone who thought that we didn’t need a comprehensive, focused inquiry on how to clear the path for communications to move from a TDM-based circuit switched world to an all-IP, broadband future, you must have noticed a ripple in the force last week (I won’t name names, but if you attended NARUC you heard…

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