Closing the Homework Gap and Bridging the Digital Divide

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

As a country, we have weathered an extraordinary year.  The pandemic laid bare fissures and inequities that we will be addressing for a long time to come.  One of the many lessons learned – if there was ever any doubt – is the critical need to stay digitally connected to our work, our schools and…

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FCC Takes Steps to Eliminate Barriers to Broadband Investments

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations:   “We are pleased that the FCC has adopted the compromise framework to reform network unbundling rules, which has broad support across the industry. We all recognize that that the global pandemic has brought to the forefront the critical need…

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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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A New Era of Spectrum Aggregation

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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 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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The Neutrality Debate
We Need to Have

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

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 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 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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