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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FCC Continues Implementation of Robocall Blocking Statute

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We appreciate the FCC’s continued efforts to implement the TRACED Act and help the industry and law enforcement combat unwanted and illegal calls. The Commission’s action provides further guidance as we work with the Industry Traceback Group,…

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Understanding the Potential Cost of an Expanded Lifeline Program

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Before the pandemic, we worried about the “the homework gap” – the learning that was missed because a growing number of teachers assigned homework that required internet access that was absent from many homes. Now, as the pandemic continues to force schools to rely heavily on remote learning, disconnected students are not just missing homework…

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Making Lifeline a Snap
For Eligible Households

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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 Federal Regulatory Relations

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 Statement on FCC Action to Streamline 5G Builds while Protecting Historic Properties

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “FCC Commissioner Carr has been a driving force behind establishing policies that enable timely and efficient deployment of critical wireless infrastructure for 5G. His leadership in this area has been invaluable and we welcome today’s announcement, which…

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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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