AT&T Statement on FCC Actions to Advance Broadband Deployment to Rural Americans

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Nearly 30 million rural Americans do not have broadband service today.  AT&T commends Chairman Pai and his fellow Commissioners for moving forward promptly with these two critical broadband programs.  The Connect America Fund II and Mobility Fund II auctions are…

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Mobility Fund II – a Win for Rural Consumers

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

While we take mobile broadband services for granted in urban environments, many rural Americans still don’t have access to wireless service to keep them connected to family, work and other vital services.   Travel just 75 miles from D.C., and chances are you could find yourself in a small community without wireless voice or broadband coverage….

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Does Lifeline Need a Life Boat?

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week, the GAO issued a report on its investigation into the FCC’s Lifeline program, a program designed to deliver essential communications services to low income families but one that has grown at an alarming rate.  The report’s findings are both expected and surprising – expected in that the report highlights areas of weakness in…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Action on Mobility Fund II and CAF II Auctions

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “While many of us take broadband services for granted, many Americans living in rural communities remain unconnected.  Low population density, topographical barriers, and significant geographical distances make it economically unviable to deploy broadband in many rural areas. Today, the FCC,…

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Walking in L.A.

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

When I was a student at UCLA, my car (that was uninsured for theft) was stolen. I suddenly found myself without basic transportation in Los Angeles. The logistics of getting to school and work became quite challenging, forget about attempting a doctor’s appointment or a social event. I became a slave to bus schedules and…

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Making Access to Broadband A Reality for Low-Income Americans

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

AT&T has long supported universal access to broadband for all Americans.  And through our Access from AT&T low cost broadband program, we are making broadband a reality for low-income consumers for $10 a month or less.  We believe that, at this time, Access from AT&T is a better way for AT&T to address broadband adoption than…

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Making Mobility Fund II Work

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

As part of the Connect America Fund (CAF), the FCC created the Mobility Fund – a universal service support mechanism dedicated exclusively to mobile services – and in 2012 held the first Mobility Fund (MFI) auction. Since that time, the FCC has gained substantial experience with other CAF programs, including CAF I and II. So,…

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A 21st Century Safety Net

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

Tomorrow, the Senate Commerce Committee will convene a hearing on the future of the FCC’s Lifeline program.  Given the recent GAO report on the program and the FCC report on the broadband Lifeline trial, some folks might argue that Lifeline is irreversibly broken and incapable of accomplishing any credible goals.  While I would agree that…

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