Making Lifeline a Snap
For Eligible Households

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Benefit programs designed to help vulnerable populations have been improving their processes for many years through technology.  The USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program replaced “food stamps” with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards in the late 1990s, providing beneficiaries broad choices in shopping and enabling them to pay with “plastic.” To add further convenience,…

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For Eligible Households

We Need to Fundamentally Rethink How USF Programs are Funded

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

As of July 1, the Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution factor exceeded 26%.  In other words, for every dollar consumers and businesses spend on voice and data transport services, service providers must pay more than a quarter towards supporting USF programs, a heavy tax by any measure. The USF contribution factor has been creeping up…

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AT&T Commends FCC for Taking Steps to Implement Broadband DATA Act

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We welcome today’s action by the FCC to implement the Broadband DATA Act to create more accurate broadband maps. Creating more granular and detailed broadband maps sets an important foundation to close the broadband gap.  We look forward to continuing to…

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Broadband Connectivity
During the Age of COVID-19

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

As we continue to navigate broadband during the Age of COVID-19, it is important to take stock of what has worked well, what hasn’t and what action we need to take to ensure a prosperous future for all Americans. Let’s start with what’s working.  By all accounts, the broadband networks we all depended on to…

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During the Age of COVID-19

AT&T Statement on Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020

Today, the U.S. Senate advanced the Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020 (S. 3717), legislation requiring the information technology systems used by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to be upgraded. The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “The National Telecommunications and Information Administration plays an…

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AT&T Statement on the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “Today’s signing of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 is a major victory for national security. This important legislation will help secure American communications networks and ensure a trusted global 5G supply chain. We applaud the Administration…

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AT&T Statement on Pallone-Thune TRACED Act: Legislation to Combat Robocalls

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “We applaud Chairman Pallone, Ranking Member Walden, Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Markey for putting consumers first and working together on targeted legislation to help combat robocalls.  Fighting the scourge of robocalls is a constantly evolving challenge and we greatly…

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AT&T Statement on 5G Spectrum Act

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “The U.S. leads the world in the deployment of 5G, and we applaud Senators Roger Wicker and John Thune for their commitment to maintaining America’s leadership position. Coupled with the FCC’s announcement yesterday, the 5G Spectrum Act will ensure that…

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AT&T Applauds Senators for Advancing the Bipartisan IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “We applaud Senators Warner, Gardner, Hassan and Daines for their leadership on Internet of Things (IoT) security, and their work in advancing the bipartisan IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 to further strengthen our Nation’s defenses against cyber attacks.  AT&T is committed…

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AT&T Supports the Bipartisan Modern Television Act of 2019

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “Congress today begins a reboot of the rules governing the video and television marketplace.  With the bipartisan introduction of the Modern Television Act of 2019, Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) recognize that the nearly 30-year-old TV rules…

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