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

Please attribute the following to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: “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…

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

Attribute the following to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: “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…

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The Power of Licensed Spectrum

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, or PCAST, recently released a Report on “Realizing the Full Potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth.”  The recommendations contained in the Report were driven by the fact that mobile data volumes continue to grow at an astounding pace, and that responding to this demand…

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AT&T Statement on PCAST Government Spectrum Report

Washington, D.C. – The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) today released a report on government-held spectrum.  The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “While we are still reviewing the PCAST report, we are encouraged by the sustained interest in exploring ways to free up…

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Why a Mandate Won’t Solve the Real Challenges in the Lower 700 MHz Band

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, AT&T will file reply comments with the FCC in a proceeding launched to explore interoperability challenges in the lower 700 MHz spectrum bands.  Amid the noise of the opening round of comments, fundamental facts have emerged that underscore that the proposed elimination of Band 17 would be profoundly poor public policy. First, the proposed interoperability mandate sought…

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Protecting Privacy in a Mobile World

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

On Friday, we filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on privacy issues in today’s mobile world.  In May, the Commission put out a public notice seeking information on the measures wireless service providers take to protect customers’ information on mobile devices. As the Commission acknowledges, the wireless marketplace today is a far cry…

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