Remarks by Joan Marsh at the MMTC 15th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference

The following are remarks by Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory, as prepared for delivery at the MMTC 15th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2017: We live in an age of innovation and disruption. In these interesting times, I think it’s important to be…

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The End of the Beginning of the IP Transition

Much has been written over the 12 months that have passed since AT&T filed its request for the Federal Communications Commission to oversee trials to facilitate the industry’s continued transition from aging communication platforms and services to new services based fully on Internet Protocol (“IP”). One important highlight in all that has been written is…

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Coming Soon: Telecom’s 1.5Mbps Bridge to Nowhere

Tuesday’s House Oversight Hearing with the FCC Commissioners highlighted once again the ongoing debate on the special access issue.  As a refresher, special access services are really not-so-special in today’s Internet age.  These services are generally legacy copper, TDM technology circuits – 95% of which deliver data at 1.5 Mbps, a speed that doesn’t even…

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Ready, Fire…But No Real Aim

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Yesterday, we were the recipient of another Public Knowledge nasty-gram.  You know the drill.  PK latches onto some straight-forward fact, misrepresents it to some extreme and lashes out with a press release or blog containing reckless and unfounded allegations. In this case, Public Knowledge is spinning AT&T’s attempt to sell its WCS C and D block…

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‘It is Much Easier to Be Critical than to Be Correct’

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

There is one overarching imperative that drives this merger:  giving AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers the network capacity they need to enjoy the full promise of the mobile broadband revolution.  The combination of these two companies, and their uniquely complementary networks and spectrum holdings, will create new capacity – the functional equivalent of new spectrum…

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Meeting the Challenges of The Mobile Broadband Age

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

A few weeks ago, AT&T announced an agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA.  While some people were surprised by the announcement, the main reason for the deal was obvious to anyone who has been following the rapid growth of the wireless industry – we need more capacity to address the surging demand for mobile broadband.   AT&T’s wireless…

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Batter Up on Pole Attachments

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The FCC stepped up to the plate today to remove barriers to broadband infrastructure investment and lower the costs of broadband deployment, a key recommendation of the Commission’s National Broadband Plan.  It was a good day at the dish, but it looks as if this game is headed to extra-innings. As many of you know,…

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Illogical Economics

Yesterday, AT&T’s Jim Cicconi talked about federal spectrum policies while on a panel at the Brookings Institution here in Washington, D.C.  Although there was a question or two (ok, maybe a few more) about our recent announcement, panelists spent a good amount of time discussing the need for incentive auctions. If you’re a regular visitor…

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