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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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”…

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More on Auction Limits

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The word out of the FCC is that we can expect a 600 MHz auction framework item in the May timeframe.  This has set the auction restrictions drums beating (again).  Calls for large-carrier limitations and even strategic set asides are growing ever louder. In all the rhetoric, some fundamental facts are getting lost.  So, let’s ground…

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AT&T Statement on ‘911’ Location Accuracy

The following statement may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “AT&T fully supports the FCC’s goal of improving accuracy in locating ‘911’ wireless callers in both outdoor and indoor locations.  Unfortunately, the Commission has tentatively proposed unrealistic targets for location accuracy indoors.  Indeed, the recent FCC CSRIC Report shows that no vendor currently has proven…

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