Remarks by AT&T’s Charlene Lake at NOYS Teen Distracted Driving Summit

Remarks by Charlene Lake, AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, as prepared for delivery at the NOYS 2013 Teen Distracted Driving Summit today in Washington, DC: Javon, thanks for that warm welcome. Javon is no newcomer to saving lives. He volunteers his time training high school and middle school students…

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Making ‘911’ Calls in California

by Joe Marx

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Last month, the California chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (CalNENA) sent a letter to the FCC intending to highlight an industry issue regarding ‘911’ wireless location accuracy. The letter says that a high percentage of wireless calls are being delivered to several public safety answering points (PSAPs) in California without enhanced 911 (E911) Phase II location…

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AT&T’s Testimony on the Hill about the Spectrum Incentive Auction

Please attribute the following testimony to AT&T’s Joan Marsh, Vice President of Federal Regulatory:   Thank you Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Eshoo for inviting AT&T to join in the discussion today.  To quote former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, “this is a big deal.”  The 600 MHz auction presents the next, best opportunity to reallocate valuable spectrum…

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Supporting Public Safety Through Effective Spectrum Policy

In the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2012, Congress made provisions to secure up to $7 billion to fund the deployment of the first nationwide public safety broadband network, or FirstNet.  This funding, however, only becomes available upon the successful implementation of the broadcast TV incentive auction, which to succeed must generate proceeds far…

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AT&T Statement on Sen. Schumer’s Bill to Deter the Theft of Wireless Devices

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has reintroduced the Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act, which would make it a federal crime to tamper with the unique identification number (IMEI) of a wireless device.  The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:  “AT&T applauds Senator Schumer for…

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AT&T Statement on FCC NPRM To Improve ‘911’ Reliability

You may attribute the following to an AT&T spokesperson: “Maintaining the ability to communicate with ‘911’ remains critical for our country, even as real-time, emergency communications become data riding over broadband infrastructure, instead of voice calls riding over copper.  As this transformation takes place, we intend to work closely with the Commission to ensure that…

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Our Response to Superstorm Sandy

Authored by Bill Smith, AT&T’s President of Network Operations By all accounts, Superstorm Sandy was a massively destructive event that resulted in more than $70 billion in damage and caused devastating losses for many in the impacted area.  More than eight million people lost power, which was a record for a storm-induced power outage.  AT&T has…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Text-to-911 FNPRM

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “The FCC’s action today to take further comment on text-to-911 is an important first step towards addressing how public safety obligations will be melded into new and emerging communications technologies. These new services are replacing the POTS services consumers have used for the last century.  As…

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911 in the Smartphone Age

By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Public Safety and Homeland Security Earlier today, my colleague, AT&T Vice President of Public Safety Solutions Mel Coker, announced at the NENA conference that AT&T will launch a trial for Text to 911 later this year with a goal for a nationwide launch in 2013.  AT&T has been…

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