Does Sprint Really Care About West Virginia?

The following statement is in response to Sprint’s filing with the West Virginia Public Service Commission and may be attributed to J. Michael Schweder, AT&T’s President of the Mid-Atlantic Region: “AT&T is trying to bring the latest and fastest mobile Internet service to most of the citizens of West Virginia.  Since Sprint is trying to stop…

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Public’s Interest is in Improved Service, Expanded LTE Wireless

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Today, we filed some paperwork with the FCC – our official applications to transfer licenses from T-Mobile USA, Deutsche Telekom ’s U.S. subsidiary, to AT&T.  We also filed a public interest statement and some other supporting documents.  It’s certainly a lot to read so we tried to break it down into key points.  You can…

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Meeting the Challenges of The Mobile Broadband Age

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

A few weeks ago, AT&T announced an agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA.  While some people were surprised by the announcement, the main reason for the deal was obvious to anyone who has been following the rapid growth of the wireless industry – we need more capacity to address the surging demand for mobile broadband.   AT&T’s wireless…

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Illogical Economics

Yesterday, AT&T’s Jim Cicconi talked about federal spectrum policies while on a panel at the Brookings Institution here in Washington, D.C.  Although there was a question or two (ok, maybe a few more) about our recent announcement, panelists spent a good amount of time discussing the need for incentive auctions. If you’re a regular visitor…

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NAB’s March Madness

On Wednesday, Chairman Genachowski outlined his goals for spectrum reform to deliver on the promise and potential of this country’s mobile broadband future.   In response, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) issued two separate statements promising (again) that broadcasters will work with policymakers to address our country’s spectrum challenges, but then demonstrating that NAB is not…

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Moving Beyond the Rhetoric

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

After seeing NAB’s latest salvo in the spectrum debate in the Feb. 7 issue of Communications Daily, I have to admit that I agree with NAB on one point:  it’s time to move beyond the rhetoric.  Let’s dissect NAB’s most recent retort. First, NAB claims that the “spectrum crisis” rhetoric is overheated.  There’s certainly been…

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AT&T on National Wireless Initiative

President Obama today unveiled details of the Administration’s National Wireless Initiative, which is designed to bring wireless broadband to at least 98% of Americans.  The following statement may be attributed to John Donovan, AT&T Chief Technology Officer: “President Obama has outlined a comprehensive and aggressive plan that lays the groundwork for bringing wireless broadband to…

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Late to the Party

In a statement yesterday, NAB raised points they thought it important to note.  We think it’s also important to note that in the last four years alone, AT&T paid more than $10 billion simply for the rights to spectrum for our LTE wireless build.  This amount had to be paid before we could even begin…

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Into Thin Air

Like a climb up Mount Everest, finding new spectrum allocations for commercial wireless broadband use is extremely challenging. Those who have spectrum want to keep it, and the low hanging fruit has already been allocated…base camp has been reached. The President, Congress and the FCC have all made it clear that additional spectrum is necessary…

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