If You Build It, They Still May Not Come: Thoughts on Digital Literacy and Engagement

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

In the digital divide debate, much of the focus is on solving for two problems – broadband availability and affordability. To be sure, both are essential pieces to any solution that is targeted toward getting 100% of Americans connected. But there is a third leg of the stool that is less well understood and often…

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Fighting Against Robocalls – and Introducing AT&T ActiveArmor℠

By Linda Vandeloop, AT&T AVP-Federal Regulatory Last week, we submitted information to the Federal Communications Commission for its second annual Call Blocking Report. It was a good opportunity to take stock of our robocall efforts and think about what more can be done to protect consumers. For such a major effort, we take a multi-pronged…

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AT&T Statement on Expanding Access to ‘988’ Hotline

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “We applaud the FCC for its leadership in recognizing the critical need for a dedicated hotline to suicide prevention and mental health crisis intervention resources. The launch of the ‘988’ dialing code can help save the lives of countless…

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Broadband Availability:
Sizing the Scope of the Challenge

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

As legislators and policymakers debate the best approach for closing the digital divide, the analysis should be grounded in data to illuminate the scope of the challenge we currently face. First, we must highlight the critical importance of address-level mapping to target funding as precisely as possible to those housing units currently lacking adequate fixed…

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Sizing the Scope of the Challenge

Defining Broadband
For the 21st Century

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

As we turn the corner on the pandemic, and drive toward economic recovery, delivering broadband connectivity to every home and every farm, in every city and town, large and small, has become a national priority.  Billions of dollars have already been directed to broadband infrastructure and affordability in stimulus legislation, and we anticipate a significant…

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AT&T Statement on Unleashing Critical Spectrum in 3.45 GHz Band

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “We applaud the FCC for moving swiftly to develop rules that will enable commercial use of this valuable mid-band spectrum, while protecting incumbent federal users.  In order for the U.S. to maintain its global lead in 5G, we need…

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Impact of California ‘Net Neutrality’ Law on Free Data Services

California has enacted a “net neutrality” law banning “sponsored data” services that allowed companies to pay for, or “sponsor,” the data usage of their customers who are also AT&T wireless customers. Unfortunately, under the California law we are now prohibited from providing certain data features to consumers free of charge. Prior to California’s law, sponsored data…

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AT&T to Offer Emergency Broadband Benefit to Customers

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “Today, we are filing our application to participate in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program so we can offer low-income customers additional options for discounted broadband services. We appreciate the Commission’s efforts to move swiftly to implement this program…

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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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