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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A Turning Point

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Today, USTelecom filed a petition requesting that the FCC declare that traditional phone companies  no longer possess market power when providing switched access services, or more plainly, “plain old telephone service” (POTS), and therefore are no longer subject to dominant carrier regulation under the Commission’s rules. Given the many ways all of us communicate with…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Text-to-911 FNPRM

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “The FCC’s action today to take further comment on text-to-911 is an important first step towards addressing how public safety obligations will be melded into new and emerging communications technologies. These new services are replacing the POTS services consumers have used for the last century.  As…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “Today’s announcement by the FCC to appoint a Technology Task Force to modernize its rules for the transition of traditionally regulated services to applications that ride on an IP broadband infrastructure is welcome news.  As AT&T pointed out in our recent filing, that transition is well…

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Establishing Effective Spectrum Policy

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In 2001, as mobile data services were being launched, the Commission adopted a forward-looking spectrum policy framework that has facilitated the growth of one of the most successful and competitive marketplaces in the world.  Recognizing that competitive bidding and freely-functioning secondary markets allow spectrum to flow to its best and highest uses, the Commission abandoned…

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Interference Testing Sleight of Hand, Part Deux

by Joe Marx

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Yesterday, AT&T submitted a formal analysis of the V-COMM Test Report that came out in mid-July claiming minimal impact of Channel 51 and E-Block signals on Band 12 and Band 17 devices. As we previously discussed, there are real credibility issues with the testing conducted by V-COMM for the lower 700MHz A Block licensees. The…

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The Hard Truth about LTE Mobile Broadband Deployments

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

On Friday, RCA (now CCA) representatives renewed their call for an inappropriate and ineffective technology mandate in the lower 700 MHz band.  I have previously written extensively about the real interference challenges that led to a separate Band Class for the 700 MHz lower B and C blocks, but I write again to address their…

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Taking the Pledge to Never Text and Drive

By Charlene Lake, AT&T Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer Today, our Chairman, CEO and President, Randall Stephenson, unveiled new initiatives around AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, our nationwide effort to educate Americans on the dangers of texting while driving.  We’re calling on people across the country to go to www.itcanwait.com…

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