AT&T Statement on Senate Confirmation of Redl to Head NTIA

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T welcomes the Senate confirmation of David Redl to head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. David’s vast knowledge and experience developing broadband infrastructure and spectrum policies will be a tremendous benefit for the U.S. economy and consumers. We congratulate…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Proposal to Promote Investment in the 3.5 GHz Spectrum Band

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Today, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will help speed up the rollout of 5G broadband by paving the way for critical investment in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band.  This mid-band spectrum is intended…

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AT&T Statement on AIRWAVES Act

Today, Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum Act, or the ”AIRWAVES Act.” The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T congratulates Senators Gardner and Hassan for introducing a unique bill to address the…

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A Return to Permission-Less Innovation

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The latest chapter of the Wi-Fi vs. LTE-U saga unfolded this month as the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) announced that, after many months, it was finally closing in on an approved LTE-U coexistence test plan but surprised everyone by suggesting that the test plan should also include LTE-LAA. To understand why this is so aggravating, we…

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The FCC Seizes the Reins on Privacy: Observations from Our Summer Internship

By Lindsey Knapton, Alex McLeod, Sean Vallancourt, AT&T Summer Interns  (The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the student authors and are not attributable to AT&T) When we each arrived at AT&T’s DC offices earlier this summer for our internships, we knew that we would have a front seat for policy discussions…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s 5G Spectrum Frontiers Report and Order

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Today, the FCC made a big down payment on the next generation of wireless innovation in the United States.  5G technologies, which will offer very low latency and gigabit speeds, will fuel a new era of investment in advanced wireless…

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A Step toward an Effective Spectrum Sharing Framework

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

There has been a lot of talk lately about spectrum sharing – Spectrum Access Systems, Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage, Environmental Sensing Capability, Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications, to name just a few of the discussed approaches. The purveyors of these techniques believe that their technology will change the way spectrum is shared and will…

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Reaching a Sound 3.5 GHz Framework

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

We’ve been watching with interest as a Further Order on the 3.5 GHz band plan is being considered by the FCC’s 8th floor. The Order proposes to preserve a Priority Access License, or PALs, scheme that has been broadly rejected by almost everyone who had advocated for the PALs approach. Given this opposition, it’s hard…

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AT&T Statement on Mobile Now Act

The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T commends Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson on the Senate Commerce Committee’s approval of the MOBILE NOW Act.  This bipartisan bill is a step in the right direction – ensuring more spectrum is made available for commercial use…

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A Note from Base Camp

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week while speaking at a spectrum conference, Gary Epstein, Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force observed that progress on the incentive auction can be compared to climbing a mountain. With the rules complete and as we move toward the auction start date, the collective group of auction climbers are essentially now at…

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