A WiFi Router, a Soup Can and an Extension Cord Walk into a Bar…

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I am sure you have heard many versions of the “walk into a bar” joke, but these three characters, once they get together, can cause some real damage to our critical communications networks, such as preventing a 9-1-1 call from going through. Let me explain. The Federal Communications Commission last fall opened a proceeding to…

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FCC Takes Next Step to Further Strengthen U.S Lead in 5G

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Today, the FCC took the next step to further strengthen the United States’ lead in the race to 5G by adopting a framework for permitting and fees that will foster more widespread and robust infrastructure investment.  Today’s…

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Moving Forward with MF-II in Support of Rural Broadband

By Mary L. Henze, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory The Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) auction promises to redirect billions of dollars to improving rural mobile broadband service – dollars that can fundamentally change broadband connectivity for rural communities.   In preparation for the auction, the FCC recently released an initial map of the…

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Reports of the Internet’s Impending Death are Grossly Exaggerated

Over the past week, there has been a lot written about what happens to the internet assuming the FCC adopts the proposed order, circulated last Wednesday, at its next scheduled open meeting.  I would suggest that most of what has been written falls in the category of misinformation and rhetorical excess.  I thought I might…

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The FCC is on a Spectrum Roll

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Tomorrow, the FCC will vote on an item that allocates 1.7 GHz of radio spectrum to be used for 5th Generation (5G) wireless broadband services. Two spectrum bands will be allocated providing 700 MHz in the 24 GHz band and 1 GHz in the 47 GHz band. A year ago, the FCC allocated 11.65 GHz…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Mobile Wireless Competition Report

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “After an eight-year hiatus – during a period when competition in the wireless industry has been red hot – we are pleased that the FCC has again concluded that mobile wireless service is effectively competitive.  As the Commission’s…

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Mobility Fund II – a Win for Rural Consumers

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

While we take mobile broadband services for granted in urban environments, many rural Americans still don’t have access to wireless service to keep them connected to family, work and other vital services.   Travel just 75 miles from D.C., and chances are you could find yourself in a small community without wireless voice or broadband coverage….

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AT&T Statement on Removing Barriers to Wireless Infrastructure Deployment

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Today, the FCC takes bold steps toward speeding the deployment of small cell technologies, setting the stage for 5G innovation and deployment.  The notice of proposed rulemaking adopted today asks critical questions about how to remove excessive regulatory burdens when…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Text-to-911 FNPRM

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “The FCC’s action today to take further comment on text-to-911 is an important first step towards addressing how public safety obligations will be melded into new and emerging communications technologies. These new services are replacing the POTS services consumers have used for the last century.  As…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “Today’s announcement by the FCC to appoint a Technology Task Force to modernize its rules for the transition of traditionally regulated services to applications that ride on an IP broadband infrastructure is welcome news.  As AT&T pointed out in our recent filing, that transition is well…

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