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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FCC Unleashes More Funds for 5G; Commits to Utilizing Better Broadband Maps to Distribute Support

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “Today, the FCC adopted a 5G Mobility Fund order that advances the Commission’s goals of closing the digital divide and making advanced wireless services available to more Americans.  We commend Chairman Pai for making more funds available for 5G investment….

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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

We Need to Fundamentally Rethink How USF Programs are Funded

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

As of July 1, the Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution factor exceeded 26%.  In other words, for every dollar consumers and businesses spend on voice and data transport services, service providers must pay more than a quarter towards supporting USF programs, a heavy tax by any measure. The USF contribution factor has been creeping up…

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AT&T Commends FCC for Taking Steps to Implement Broadband DATA Act

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “We welcome today’s action by the FCC to implement the Broadband DATA Act to create more accurate broadband maps. Creating more granular and detailed broadband maps sets an important foundation to close the broadband gap.  We look forward to continuing to…

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AT&T Commends FCC for Creating Connected Care Pilot Program

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “AT&T has a long history connecting patients, doctors and providers and we fully support the FCC’s efforts to help expand telehealth services to as many Americans as possible.  The Commission should be commended for leaning in on…

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Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf: Private Industry from a Legal Intern’s Perspective

By AT&T 2018 D.C. Summer Interns Kasey McGee and Sarah Rippy (The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the student authors and are not attributable to AT&T) Coming up the elevator the first day, we were unsure of what to expect. Would AT&T be as flashy and shiny as we anticipated? Were…

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Expanding the Reach of Connected Care Technologies

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

At its August Open Meeting later this week, the FCC will vote on a Notice of Inquiry into developing a “Connected Care Pilot Program.”  This program would promote connecting telehealth services to low-income consumers and veterans, particularly those who live in rural areas, through broadband-enabled healthcare services delivered outside the scope of traditional healthcare facilities,…

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Moving Forward with MF-II in Support of Rural Broadband

By Mary L. Henze, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory The Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) auction promises to redirect billions of dollars to improving rural mobile broadband service – dollars that can fundamentally change broadband connectivity for rural communities.   In preparation for the auction, the FCC recently released an initial map of the…

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