Responding to Disasters – Answering the Call in PR, USVI and CA

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

It’s been two weeks since I wrote a blog detailing the impact the 2017 hurricane season has had on our network and facilities, and why the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Maria in particular has made restoring the communications infrastructure in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands such an enormous challenge. Since that time… Read more »

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The Tale of Three Storms

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The 2017 hurricane season has been a monster. Three storms engulfed our country, followed by three very extensive yet different recovery and restoration efforts. As the impacted communities struggle to get back on their feet, it’s worth exploring some of the differences. Hurricane Harvey was all about water, and its communications recovery story is all… Read more »

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The Heart of the Storm

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

I travelled to Houston yesterday with John Donovan and members of his leadership team to survey the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey, which was unimaginable. We visited a central office (CO) that was swamped by six feet of water in the middle of a neighborhood where piles of debris flanked the curbs in every direction.… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FirstNet and Alternative State Deployment Plans

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T commends the FCC for moving quickly to adopt a FirstNet order, which paves the way for meaningful and in-depth Commission review of any alternative state deployment plans.  It is critical to our nation’s first responders that states that propose… Read more »

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Congress, Not the Courts, Should Decide Apple Case

By David McAtee, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel Today, AT&T filed a “friend of the court” brief with the magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, urging the court to vacate its order requiring Apple to take some fairly extraordinary steps to assist the FBI in… Read more »

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Red Herrings and Bogeymen: Setting the Record Straight on TruePosition’s Misinformation Campaign

by Joe Marx

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

TruePosition and its fully-controlled FindMe911 coalition is at it again, spreading misinformation and ill-informed criticisms of the APCO, NENA, and Wireless Industry Roadmap for Improving Location Accuracy.  Others have blogged to explain the benefits and merits of the Roadmap, and it’s our experience that the more people hear about the voluntary agreement and fully understand… Read more »

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AT&T on Industry ‘911’ Location Accuracy Consensus Plan

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T is proud to be part of the ‘911’ Consensus Plan filed today.  We have long relied on expertise from APCO and NENA to lead the way on 911 issues, and believe the robust framework filed today will respond to… Read more »

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Text-to-911: A Work In Progress

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

At the August 8th Open Meeting, the FCC  is scheduled to vote an item that purports to impose text-to-911 obligations on the US wireless carriers that have not yet voluntarily agreed to provide that service and on Over the Top or OTT text providers.  As you will recall, in late 2012, the 4 major wireless… Read more »

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AT&T Statement Regarding Commissioner Rosenworcel Remarks at APCO

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President —Federal Regulatory: “AT&T is fully supportive of finding a solution that enables 911 Emergency Responders to locate callers using cellular phones indoors.  Indoor location accuracy has been an issue that has perplexed the industry and the public safety community for years.  We believe… Read more »

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‘911’ Location Accuracy: Getting to Dispatchable Addresses

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

TruePosition recently commissioned and produced a test report purporting to show that its proprietary technology can meet the FCC’s proposed benchmarks for locating wireless 911 callers horizontally and vertically indoors.  The tests were run on a test bed in Wilmington, Delaware outside the context of the established CSRIC process specifically designed to assess new “911”… Read more »

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