AT&T Statement on the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit

Attribute the following to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “Keeping our communities connected and working to close the digital divide is a top priority. We support the FCC’s efforts to quickly develop a program that will enable more Americans to afford broadband connectivity during this unprecedented time.  Encouraging participation in…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Efforts to Improve Broadband Maps

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “We applaud the FCC and Commission staff for their diligent work to improve our country’s broadband maps, a critical step to connecting all Americans. Accurate maps will more precisely target areas where gaps in broadband remain and are an…

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A Bold Plan for a Connected America

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Last week, the National Urban League released a report on “Connecting and Uplifting America.” The report focuses on a singular and essential question: “How can the tools of the information economy be employed to create a more equitable and inclusive society.” I am reminded of poet Amanda Gorman’s verse on Inauguration Day, where she observed that…

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New Year, New Solutions: Reforming Universal Service Contributions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

On January 1, 2021, the Universal Service Fund contribution factor officially hit 31.8% — a new and alarming all-time high.  Policymakers have wrestled with concerns over the rising factor for years but crossing the 30% threshold is a serious wake-up call.  A USF contribution factor of around 5% was the norm until 2005 when it…

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2021 – Closing the Homework Gap Together

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

One thing we all learned last year was the power of connection – the critical need to stay digitally connected to our work, school, family and friends. It was a year that accelerated the move to digital, changing permanently how we communicate, learn and work. Sadly, nearly 17 million children across America are disconnected from…

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The RDOF Auction Results and Implications for U.S. Broadband Policy

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

The preliminary results of the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction are now public and while it is a long road from auction results to authorization of funding to actual deployment, the results have significant implications for U.S. broadband policy.  The locations covered in the Phase I auction represent the rural locations that are…

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FCC Adopts Order to Foster Deployment of 5G Wireless Infrastructure

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “We welcome today’s action by the FCC to further facilitate the deployment of wireless infrastructure necessary to roll out 5G technologies and services, and we thank Commissioner Carr, in particular, for his leadership in advocating for smart policies that streamline…

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U.S. Consumers Big Winners as FCC Affirms Restoring Internet Freedom Order

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “Today, the FCC has addressed the narrow questions identified by the D.C. Circuit as part of its decision last year to uphold the Commission’s 2017 framework to ensure an open internet for consumers. The Court’s decision affirmed internet service providers’…

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Gambling with our 5G Future

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Today, AT&T is responding to a Request for Information from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that seeks comment on spectrum sharing technologies and leasing arrangements; asks whether the DoD should own and operate its own 5G network; and addresses myriad technical, statutory, legal, regulatory and policy issues associated with new approaches to spectrum sharing.  What’s really…

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FCC Takes Steps to Unleash More Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We applaud the FCC for acting quickly to move this critical mid-band 3.45 GHz spectrum into the marketplace. Following the Administration’s commitment last month to allow for commercial use in the band, the Commission’s actions today set…

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