The Wi-Fi / LTE Unlicensed Debate: A Path Forward

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Much ink has been spilled to date on the question of whether and how, and under what conditions, Wi-Fi and LTE unlicensed technologies can peacefully co-exist in existing and new unlicensed bands.  I don’t propose to add to that growing body of literature.  I write instead to endorse a path forward: One that side-steps the… Read more »

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AT&T Applauds Rep. Anna Eshoo and Chairman Walden on their Commitment to Facilitate Broadband Deployment

The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “We appreciate the bipartisan leadership of Ranking Member Anna Eshoo and Chairman Greg Walden to introduce legislation that will help lower the cost of broadband deployment throughout the nation. This bill will minimize the construction costs and inconveniences associated… Read more »

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When is a Defaulter Not Really a Defaulter? And Other Auction 97 Questions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week, the latest chapter of the saga that is Auction 97 unfolded in all its messy, unpredicted and unpredictable glory – Dish and its affiliate DEs surrendered over $3 billion of AWS-3 licenses back to the FCC.  Before we get to the selective default, let’s quickly review the bidding to date. First, Dish took… Read more »

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Supporting Innovation In Unlicensed Bands

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

AT&T recently joined a coalition of high tech companies and wireless operators designed to help educate consumers and policymakers about the benefits of using unlicensed spectrum to enhance speed, service quality and coverage for consumers.  Two new unlicensed technologies – LTE-U and LTE-LAA – are being developed to harness the availability of unlicensed spectrum to… Read more »

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The FCC’s Enhanced Transaction Review Standard

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Over a year ago, AT&T filed an application seeking to acquire two Lower 700 MHz B Block licenses from Club 42 CM Limited Partnership. AT&T’s ownership of 700 MHz B Block licenses is wholly uncontroversial – we purchased many in the 700 MHz auction and have been enhancing our B block footprint through small deals… Read more »

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Getting the Incentive Auction Right

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, the FCC cast a series of votes that set the stage for the incentive auction to move toward its slated March 2016 start.  The results of the votes, however, are a mixed bag and leave significant wireless industry concerns unanswered. On the one hand, the FCC has finally resolved the protracted debate on the… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Tech Transitions Order

Please attribute the following to Frank Simone, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “In the National Broadband Plan, the Commission clearly recognized the critical need to modernize our country’s communications system, and carriers have invested billions of dollars to make this happen. The ongoing transition from a circuit-switched network to an IP-based platform – over… Read more »

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Stop the Magenta Madness: A Word on the Spectrum Reserve

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

We don’t have a slick cartoon full of super heroes and telecom villains.  We aren’t generating a raft of identically-worded robo-letters.  And we aren’t tweeting apocalyptic rants about the demise of wireless choice.  But we do care about the 600 MHz spectrum auction – a lot – and we support the Chairman’s decision to deny… Read more »

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T-Mobile Should Stop Complaining and Start Investing in Rural America

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, T-Mobile filed a petition to deny a spectrum acquisition by AT&T in three rural cellular market areas (CMAs) in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. The purchase will give AT&T the needed spectrum footprint to deploy up to a 10×10 MHz LTE network in these markets, which will enable AT&T to offer faster and higher… Read more »

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A 21st Century Safety Net

by Jim Cicconi

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

Tomorrow, the Senate Commerce Committee will convene a hearing on the future of the FCC’s Lifeline program.  Given the recent GAO report on the program and the FCC report on the broadband Lifeline trial, some folks might argue that Lifeline is irreversibly broken and incapable of accomplishing any credible goals.  While I would agree that… Read more »

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