AT&T Statement on Bipartisan Agreement on Broadband Infrastructure

Attribute the following to John Stankey, AT&T CEO: “We appreciate the bipartisan efforts to reach agreement on critical infrastructure spending, including a proposed $65 billion investment in the country’s broadband future.  While more work needs to be done to ensure funds are spent in a way that is efficient and effective in making broadband more…

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Broadband Products Supporting Low-Income Households

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

There is a lot of momentum in Washington, D.C. and in state governments right now to improve the adoption of broadband by addressing the issue of affordability for low-income communities. But the challenge has also produced a lot of debate over the best way to move forward. To decide what policies will do the most…

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AT&T Statement on Need to Address Current Subsidy Program for Low-Income Americans

Attribute the following to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated shifts in how we communicate and magnified the importance of broadband connectivity for all Americans. We commend FCC Commissioner Carr for his remarks highlighting the urgent need to address the meltdown of the current subsidy program for…

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If You Build It, They Still May Not Come: Thoughts on Digital Literacy and Engagement

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

In the digital divide debate, much of the focus is on solving for two problems – broadband availability and affordability. To be sure, both are essential pieces to any solution that is targeted toward getting 100% of Americans connected. But there is a third leg of the stool that is less well understood and often…

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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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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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