Interoperability and the Thorny Issue of Interference

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

Every three months or so, the FCC’s 700 MHz Interoperability Docket finds its way into the Washington media.  Given the recent announcement of both new and interim FCC Chairpersons and their coming agendas, I expect the issue to continue to get coverage, so let’s recap the issue and status in that proceeding. When the FCC…

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AT&T’s Letter on Mobile Spectrum Holdings and Incentive Auctions

Today, Wayne Watts, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, responded to the U.S. Department of Justice’s April 11 submission to the FCC “that features the extraordinary suggestion that the Commission should tailor its spectrum aggregation rules to help two specific providers, Sprint and T-Mobile.”   In a letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners…

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The Facts are In (Again) On Wireless Competition

by Jim Cicconi

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

The FCC’s 16th Wireless Competition Report is out and, as has been widely reported, the good news is abundant.  This year’s report achieves new analytical depth and breadth, and marshals an impressive picture of the U.S. wireless industry. Virtually everyone in the U.S. now has access to mobile voice and broadband service (99.9% and 99.5%,…

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Bottom line: We Unlock Our Customers’ Devices

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Before I get into the legislative weeds of the DMCA (don’t worry, the acronym will be fully explained below), I want to be completely clear that AT&T’s policy is to unlock our customers’ devices if they’ve met the terms of their service agreements and we have the unlock code. It’s a straightforward policy, and we…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Adoption Of Signal Booster Standards

Attribute the following to an AT&T spokesperson: “AT&T is pleased that the FCC has adopted technical standards designed to protect our customers from interference caused by signal boosters while allowing well-designed boosters to remain in the marketplace.  For these standards to be most effective, however, it is important that they are coupled with appropriate enforcement…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s 5 GHz Band Plan and Unlicensed Spectrum

Attribute the following to an AT&T spokesperson: “Clearing and auctioning spectrum below 3 GHz for exclusive, licensed use must remain a priority for the U.S. Government as we continue to seek ways to address the growing spectrum crunch and the ever growing demand for mobile broadband services.  However, freeing up spectrum for unlicensed uses can…

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Exploring All Available Tools

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

AT&T is pleased to have recently joined into an MOU with our fellow carriers, Verizon and T-Mobile, and the U.S. Department of Defense to test the viability of sharing 95 MHz of spectrum that is currently used by DoD and other federal agencies.  This spectrum is located in the 1755 to 1850 MHz spectrum band, which…

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Opportunity in the 600 MHz Band

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The FCC’s Incentive Auction proceeding moves forward in earnest today with the filing of opening comments.  The stakes are as high as the issues are complex.  Freeing up more spectrum is critical to U.S. economic growth and technological leadership.  And this auction presents the FCC with the best opportunity it will have for many years…

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AT&T Statement on Call for 700 MHz Interoperability Mandate

Today, Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski calling for interoperability in the lower 700 MHz band.  The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “The latest call for interoperability in…

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Establishing Effective Spectrum Policy, Part II

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In the midst of a prolonged and deep national recession, the U.S. wireless industry has generated billions of dollars of investment capital, produced millions of jobs, and spawned a breathtaking array of innovative new consumer products and services.  This wireless success story is due in no small measure to the Commission’s longstanding recognition that a…

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