Walking in L.A.

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

When I was a student at UCLA, my car (that was uninsured for theft) was stolen. I suddenly found myself without basic transportation in Los Angeles. The logistics of getting to school and work became quite challenging, forget about attempting a doctor’s appointment or a social event. I became a slave to bus schedules and… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC Wireless Bureau’s Decision to Close Sponsored Data Inquiry

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Today’s announcement is a win for the millions of consumers who are reaping the benefits of services made available through free data programs. We’re pleased that these innovative products will be able to continue to flourish in the marketplace.”… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Protecting Customers’ Privacy Rights

Today, in a petition to stay the Federal Communications Commission’s flawed privacy rules, several associations representing U.S. internet service providers (ISPs) released detailed principles, fully supported by AT&T, that reaffirm ISPs’ commitment to protecting customers’ privacy online. The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T has… Read more »

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How the Public Safety Bureau Paper Gets Cybersecurity Wrong

By Chris Boyer, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy  Last week, the FCC’s Public Safety Bureau issued a white paper on “Cybersecurity Risk Reduction” that raised several issues around the role of Internet service providers (ISPs) in cybersecurity.  While there are too many flaws in the paper to mention them all here, two… Read more »

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Leaning Toward the IP Future

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Three years ago, AT&T commenced two technology transition trials with the goal of identifying and resolving operational, technical, and public policy issues associated with migrating legacy TDM services to an IP future. Now, three years later, AT&T has achieved many of the goals it established for the trials:  the trials accelerated and increased the dialogue… Read more »

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AT&T Response to Wireless Bureau’s Review of Sponsored Data Programs

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “It remains unclear why the Wireless Bureau continues to question the value of giving consumers the ability to watch video without incurring any data charges. This practice, which has been embraced by AT&T and other broadband providers, has enabled… Read more »

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AT&T Responds, Again, to Wireless Bureau’s Sponsored Data Inquiry

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “As we explain (again) in the response provided to the Wireless Bureau today, the video entertainment marketplace is ripe for disruptive change, which is exactly why consumers have enthusiastically embraced Data Free TV in all its competitive forms. That… Read more »

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Making Access to Broadband A Reality for Low-Income Americans

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

AT&T has long supported universal access to broadband for all Americans.  And through our Access from AT&T low cost broadband program, we are making broadband a reality for low-income consumers for $10 a month or less.  We believe that, at this time, Access from AT&T is a better way for AT&T to address broadband adoption than… Read more »

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The Next Logical Step in Intercarrier Comp Reform

By Matt Nodine, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory Turning around an aircraft carrier, if done correctly, takes lead time, requires great care and precision, and depends on a large crew with a variety of skills, all working together in harmony for a common cause. Intercarrier compensation reform (ICC) is one such ship. Wisely,… Read more »

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Broadband Investment: Not for the Faint of Heart

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

July 2007: In exchange for FCC action on its demand for four specific “open access” conditions on the 700 MHz Upper C Block, Google commits to bidding $4.6B in the 700 MHz auction. January 2008: When the auction closes, it becomes clear that wireless companies – not Google – shouldered the multi-billion dollar cost of… Read more »

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