Broadband Availability:
Sizing the Scope of the Challenge

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

As legislators and policymakers debate the best approach for closing the digital divide, the analysis should be grounded in data to illuminate the scope of the challenge we currently face. First, we must highlight the critical importance of address-level mapping to target funding as precisely as possible to those housing units currently lacking adequate fixed…

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Sizing the Scope of the Challenge

Defining Broadband
For the 21st Century

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

As we turn the corner on the pandemic, and drive toward economic recovery, delivering broadband connectivity to every home and every farm, in every city and town, large and small, has become a national priority.  Billions of dollars have already been directed to broadband infrastructure and affordability in stimulus legislation, and we anticipate a significant…

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For the 21st Century

AT&T to Offer Emergency Broadband Benefit to Customers

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “Today, we are filing our application to participate in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program so we can offer low-income customers additional options for discounted broadband services. We appreciate the Commission’s efforts to move swiftly to implement this program…

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AT&T Statement on Acting FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “We look forward to working with Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel as she assumes responsibility for the agency and the important tasks before her, including the management of new programs that will make broadband more accessible and affordable to…

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Closing the Homework Gap and Bridging the Digital Divide

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

As a country, we have weathered an extraordinary year.  The pandemic laid bare fissures and inequities that we will be addressing for a long time to come.  One of the many lessons learned – if there was ever any doubt – is the critical need to stay digitally connected to our work, our schools and…

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Understanding the Potential Cost of an Expanded Lifeline Program

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Before the pandemic, we worried about the “the homework gap” – the learning that was missed because a growing number of teachers assigned homework that required internet access that was absent from many homes. Now, as the pandemic continues to force schools to rely heavily on remote learning, disconnected students are not just missing homework…

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Making Lifeline a Snap
For Eligible Households

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Benefit programs designed to help vulnerable populations have been improving their processes for many years through technology.  The USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program replaced “food stamps” with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards in the late 1990s, providing beneficiaries broad choices in shopping and enabling them to pay with “plastic.” To add further convenience,…

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For Eligible Households