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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AT&T Statement on Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act of 2012

Senator Charles Schumer today introduced the Device Theft Deterrence Act of 2012 (S.3186), which would make it a federal crime to tamper with the unique identification number of a cellphone.  The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T applauds Senator Schumer for his efforts to help…

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Our New Website On Stolen Phone Safety

By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Homeland Security This week, we launched our new website to help better educate our customers on protecting their wireless devices and their personal information.  You might recall that, just a few weeks ago, we joined our fellow wireless carriers, law enforcement, Senator Schumer and Chairman Genachowski…

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Protecting Your Device, Protecting Your Information

By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Homeland Security The theft of wireless devices is a complicated issue that we take very seriously, which is why we were pleased to join Chairman Genachowski at the FCC’s event today and to be part of CTIA’s announcement on the wireless industry’s efforts to tackle…

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The Value of Public-Private Partnerships

By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Homeland Security Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that AT&T is the first company to be certified under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program, or PS-Prep, which is a partnership between DHS and private entities and is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency….

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