Gambling with our 5G Future

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Today, AT&T is responding to a Request for Information from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that seeks comment on spectrum sharing technologies and leasing arrangements; asks whether the DoD should own and operate its own 5G network; and addresses myriad technical, statutory, legal, regulatory and policy issues associated with new approaches to spectrum sharing.  What’s really…

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FCC Votes to Expand Use of Spectrum Band in Support of Public Safety

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “The 4.9 GHz band, while currently under-utilized, contains enormous potential to provide more expansive support of public safety communications. Informal coordination requirements have limited the spectrum band’s usage to date, and we appreciate the FCC’s efforts to…

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FCC Takes Steps to Unleash More Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We applaud the FCC for acting quickly to move this critical mid-band 3.45 GHz spectrum into the marketplace. Following the Administration’s commitment last month to allow for commercial use in the band, the Commission’s actions today set…

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A New Era of Spectrum Aggregation

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

The FCC has long relied on a spectrum aggregation tool to assess any transaction where an applicant is acquiring or gaining leased rights for spectrum.  The tool, triggered when an entity’s spectrum holdings would exceed a specified level, is designed to evaluate whether any one entity’s wireless license holdings would cause competitive harm. If the…

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AT&T Statement on Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020

Today, the U.S. Senate advanced the Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020 (S. 3717), legislation requiring the information technology systems used by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to be upgraded. The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “The National Telecommunications and Information Administration plays an…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Order to Allow Unlicensed Devices in 6 GHz Band

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Today, the FCC voted to open up the 6 GHz spectrum band for unlicensed use for Wi-Fi devices. While we support use of this band for Wi-Fi expansion, any new use must protect incumbent services, which in…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Efforts to Make C-Band Available for 5G

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Today’s vote is another major step toward unleashing mid-band spectrum for 5G.  Making the C-Band available for mobile flexible use will provide a vital resource for deploying next generation wireless networks and securing U.S. 5G leadership.  We…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Action to Make 3.5 GHz Available for Commercial Mobile Use

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We applaud the FCC for continuing to move forward with making this mid-band spectrum available for commercial use.  The Commission is to be commended for working collaboratively across government agencies and the wireless industry to develop a…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Proposal to Unleash C-Band Spectrum for 5G

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We are encouraged that the FCC is taking the next critical step toward making this valuable mid-band spectrum available for mobile flexible use, while at the same time recognizing the critical need to have an orderly and…

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AT&T Statement on 5G Spectrum Act

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “The U.S. leads the world in the deployment of 5G, and we applaud Senators Roger Wicker and John Thune for their commitment to maintaining America’s leadership position. Coupled with the FCC’s announcement yesterday, the 5G Spectrum Act will ensure that…

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