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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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

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 the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit

Attribute the following to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations: “Keeping our communities connected and working to close the digital divide is a top priority. We support the FCC’s efforts to quickly develop a program that will enable more Americans to afford broadband connectivity during this unprecedented time.  Encouraging participation in…

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A Bold Plan for a Connected America

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Last week, the National Urban League released a report on “Connecting and Uplifting America.” The report focuses on a singular and essential question: “How can the tools of the information economy be employed to create a more equitable and inclusive society.” I am reminded of poet Amanda Gorman’s verse on Inauguration Day, where she observed that…

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E-Rate 3.0 for a Remote Learning World

by Ed Gillespie

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Our recent blogs have focused on modernizing the FCC’s Lifeline program and fixing the broken funding mechanism that supports the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).  The FCC’s E-rate program, however, deserves equal attention as students across the country require broadband connectivity to learn from home during the pandemic. The E-rate program was designed to help…

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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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New Year, New Solutions: Reforming Universal Service Contributions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

On January 1, 2021, the Universal Service Fund contribution factor officially hit 31.8% — a new and alarming all-time high.  Policymakers have wrestled with concerns over the rising factor for years but crossing the 30% threshold is a serious wake-up call.  A USF contribution factor of around 5% was the norm until 2005 when it…

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