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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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Our New Website On Stolen Phone Safety

By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Homeland Security This week, we launched our new website to help better educate our customers on protecting their wireless devices and their personal information.  You might recall that, just a few weeks ago, we joined our fellow wireless carriers, law enforcement, Senator Schumer and Chairman Genachowski… Read more »

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Administration Takes Step to Free Up Federal Spectrum for Commercial Use

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a report outlining how spectrum currently allocated to the U.S Government can be made available for commercial mobile services. The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President-Federal Regulatory: “Today, the NTIA released its report on clearing the path to reallocate 95 MHz… Read more »

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Clips from FSF’s Telecom Policy Conference

Jim Cicconi On Tuesday, AT&T’s Jim Cicconi spoke at the Free State Foundation’s Telecom Policy Conference and addressed government regulation of the Internet.  He discussed the steps some international policymakers have taken to impose onerous regulations on the industry.  And while President Obama and his Administration has strongly opposed such measures, the US Government’s policies… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on T-Mobile Closing Seven Call Centers

The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “Yesterday, T-Mobile made the sad announcement that it would be closing seven call centers, laying off thousands of workers, and that more layoff announcements may follow. Normally, we’d not comment on something like this. But I… Read more »

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No MHz Left Behind

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Rick Kaplan, the FCC’s Wireless Bureau Chief, could not have been more correct when he declared his mission at this week’s open meeting to be “no MHz left behind.”  Given the scarcity of available spectrum – and the challenges the FCC is facing trying to free up new spectrum for mobile Internet use – ensuring… Read more »

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Facilitating Mobile Internet Use in 2 GHz Band

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

We are encouraged by the Commission’s action today to facilitate mobile internet use in the 2 GHz band.  The events of the last two years have made clear that the challenges associated with finding additional spectrum for commercial use are significant.  Yet there is no goal more important to the millions of customers who depend… Read more »

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AT&T Welcomes FCC’s Interoperability Proceeding

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, the Commission opened a proceeding to examine the interference challenges that have prevented both deployment and interoperability in the lower 700 MHz band.  These challenges are well-documented and real.  The high power broadcasts that are permitted in channel 51 and in the lower E-block create the potential for significant technical and deployment impediments in… Read more »

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