Does Lifeline Need a Life Boat?

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week, the GAO issued a report on its investigation into the FCC’s Lifeline program, a program designed to deliver essential communications services to low income families but one that has grown at an alarming rate.  The report’s findings are both expected and surprising – expected in that the report highlights areas of weakness in…

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AT&T Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Brendan Carr to Federal Communications Commission

The following may be attributed to Robert Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “President Trump’s nomination of Brendan Carr comes at a critical point as our nation embarks on transitioning to the next generation wireless communications infrastructure. His commitment to public service and wide range of expertise, especially in the…

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There Are Still Payphones?

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The first payphone was installed in New Haven, Conn. in June 1880 with payphone usage peaking in 2000 when there were more than two million payphones in service. By 2009, AT&T had exited the payphone business and, by the end of last year, it was estimated that less than 100,000 payphones remained in service in…

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AT&T Statement on Nomination of Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Commissioner

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T is pleased that President Trump took action to ensure that the FCC will once again benefit from Jessica Rosenworcel’s considerable intellect. Her service as Commission Staff, Congressional Staff and FCC Commissioner provides a depth of experience…

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The Real Debate Over The Open Internet

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Yesterday, Chairman Pai announced that he would open a proceeding to revisit the question of whether Congress directed the FCC to regulate the internet using the regulatory framework adopted in 1934 for the monopoly-era telephone networks. To be clear, this proceeding is not about whether the open internet will continue to be protected and preserved….

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AT&T Statement on Chairman Pai’s Renomination to FCC

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “President Trump’s decision to renominate Chairman Pai to the FCC is a recognition of the tremendous value he brings to the agency. In just a few short weeks, Chairman Pai has demonstrated his commitment to making…

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AT&T Statement on Chairman Pai’s Process Reform Pilot Program

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Clear and transparent processes lead to better regulatory results. FCC Chairman Pai made clear his commitment to these goals with the voting process reform he enacted at his first Open Meeting. “Today’s announcement underscores that commitment even further. The…

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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…

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AT&T Statement on Announcement FCC Chairman Wheeler will Step Down in January

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “It would be disingenuous to suggest that we did not have significant differences with the direction the FCC took under Chairman Wheeler.  However, Chairman Wheeler has been a respected leader in the video and wireless industries for over…

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FCC Hosts Second Meeting of Robocall Strike Force; Industry Delivers Short and Long-Term Solutions

Today, AT&T committed to immediately start working with vendors and to be ready for carrier interoperability verification by the 4th quarter of 2017. These standards will make it easier to mitigate robocalls and go after the bad actors. AT&T fully intends to meet this aggressive timeline.   The following are remarks by AT&T Chairman & CEO…

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