AT&T Statement on 9-1-1 SAVES Act

The following may be attributed Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T enthusiastically supports the 9-1-1 SAVES Act. Our Nation’s 911 call-takers and dispatchers help save lives every day, and it is important that they be recognized for the critical role they play to keep the public safe. We commend Representatives Fitzpatrick…

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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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AT&T Statement on Proposal to Allow Unlicensed Use of 6 GHz Band

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Expanding broadband services to more Americans is one of AT&T’s highest priorities, and we appreciate the Commission’s efforts to promote broader and more efficient use of spectrum to reach this goal.  We look forward to commenting on…

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FirstNet’s Security, Reliability
Should Not Be Sacrificed

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body recently submitted comments to the FCC seeking “clarification concerning the guidelines and requirements for interoperability and roaming between the NPSBN and commercial wireless carriers.” Colorado withdrew those comments, and for good reason – these issues have been clearly addressed.  But as FirstNet builds momentum, it may be worth…

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Should Not Be Sacrificed

AT&T Statement on FCC
Wireless Emergency Alert Order

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “AT&T supports the FCC’s goal to improve the effectiveness of the wireless emergency alert (WEA) system by enhancing the ability of public officials to more narrowly target the intended recipients of alerts. The system modifications required to…

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Wireless Emergency Alert Order

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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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