A New Era of Spectrum Aggregation

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The FCC has long relied on a spectrum aggregation tool to assess any transaction where an applicant is acquiring or gaining leased rights for spectrum.  The tool, triggered when an entity’s spectrum holdings would exceed a specified level, is designed to evaluate whether any one entity’s wireless license holdings would cause competitive harm. If the…

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Understanding the Potential Cost of an Expanded Lifeline Program

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

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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The Neutrality Debate
We Need to Have

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

This Wednesday, the FCC will take comments on NTIA’s petition on reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a provision enacted in 1996 to address a narrow set of concerns involving nascent internet platforms that then played only a marginal role in American life.  The purpose of the provision made sense at that moment…

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We Need to Have

AT&T Statement on
FCC’s 5G Open RAN Forum

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “This forum will provide an opportunity to discuss the critical need for government policies that foster a diverse and secure 5G marketplace through the deployment of open standards-based solutions. We appreciate Chairman Pai’s leadership and we look…

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FCC’s 5G Open RAN Forum

We Need to Fundamentally Rethink How USF Programs are Funded

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

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 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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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 Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020

Today, the U.S. Senate advanced the Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020 (S. 3717), legislation requiring the information technology systems used by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to be upgraded. The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “The National Telecommunications and Information Administration plays an…

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AT&T Joins New Policy Coalition to Advance 5G Supply Chain Innovation and Deployment

Today, AT&T joined a coalition to advocate for government policies that promote the adoption of interoperable solutions for further innovation of the 5G supply chain in the Radio Access Network (RAN). Multi-vendor 5G deployments enable a more competitive marketplace and give network operators greater flexibility to draw on the innovations of multiple suppliers to upgrade…

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AT&T Statement on Renomination of FCC Commissioner O’Rielly

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We are delighted that the Administration has renominated FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly for another five-year term. Consumers and our industry have been and will continue to be served by his commitment to strengthening America’s communications infrastructure. His…

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