Broadband Connectivity
During the Age of COVID-19

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

As we continue to navigate broadband during the Age of COVID-19, it is important to take stock of what has worked well, what hasn’t and what action we need to take to ensure a prosperous future for all Americans. Let’s start with what’s working.  By all accounts, the broadband networks we all depended on to…

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During the Age of COVID-19

AT&T Statement on FCC Action to Accelerate Deployment of 5G Wireless Infrastructure

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Today, the FCC clarified Section 6409 of the Spectrum Act of 2012 to help speed up the deployment of 5G wireless infrastructure to American consumers and businesses. The COVID-19 health crisis has reinforced the need for all Americans to have access to next-generation broadband technologies and…

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AT&T Reaches Agreement with FOX to Ensure DIRECTV Customers Continue to Receive Network TV Programming After STELAR Ends

AT&T has entered into a new multi-year agreement with FOX to ensure thousands of DIRECTV customers, who might otherwise lose access to FOX with the end of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act, continue to receive FOX network content. This agreement will help essential workers stay connected during COVID-19. Until recently, STELAR authorized…

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Fighting COVID-19 Scam Robocalls

By Linda Vandeloop, AT&T AVP-Federal Regulatory An increasing percentage of fraudulent robocalls are using COVID-19 as bait, as scammers try to take advantage of the global health emergency. The good news is that AT&T, along with others in the industry, have established mechanisms to identify illegal robocall campaigns and take steps to mitigate them.  Having…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Efforts to Combat Spoofed Robocalls

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 help stem the proliferation of illegal and unwanted robocalls. Today’s order and further notice is an important step in this fight.  We look forward to continuing to work with the…

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AT&T Statement on Rural
Digital Opportunity Fund

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “AT&T is committed to helping close the digital divide and ensuring that consumers across the U.S. can reap the benefits of broadband.  We applaud the Commission for making targeted changes to the original proposal that should help…

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Digital Opportunity Fund

AT&T Statement on Passage of Legislation to Improve U.S. Broadband Mapping

In passing S.1822, the Broadband DATA Act, the Senate continued the bipartisan efforts of the House, which passed H.R. 4229, the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (Broadband DATA Act), and H.R. 4227, the Mapping Accuracy Promotion Services Act (MAPS Act), earlier this week.  The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive…

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AT&T Statement on Pallone-Thune TRACED Act: Legislation to Combat Robocalls

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “We applaud Chairman Pallone, Ranking Member Walden, Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Markey for putting consumers first and working together on targeted legislation to help combat robocalls.  Fighting the scourge of robocalls is a constantly evolving challenge and we greatly…

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STELAR Lapses, Local Broadcaster Monopoly Pricing Doesn’t

On Tuesday, the House passed the Television Viewer Protection Act and the Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019, which contain satellite TV-related provisions. The Senate is expected to pass the same provisions no later than tomorrow. The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External &…

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AT&T Statement on Creation of Dedicated Suicide Hotline

The following may be attributed Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We support the Commission’s proposal to develop a feasible and effective designated dialing code for access to suicide prevention and mental health crisis intervention services, which will help save lives, and we look forward to participating in the…

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