Unlocking Our Nation’s Spectrum Resources

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last Friday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski weighed in on the appropriate spectrum policy for the country and got it absolutely correct.  The Chairman made clear he still favors clearing spectrum for auction, where appropriate, while we also explore new sharing ideas that have been developed.   He correctly noted that it’s not “an either/or choice” – we…

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The Power of Licensed Spectrum

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, or PCAST, recently released a Report on “Realizing the Full Potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth.”  The recommendations contained in the Report were driven by the fact that mobile data volumes continue to grow at an astounding pace, and that responding to this demand…

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AT&T Statement on PCAST Government Spectrum Report

Washington, D.C. – The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) today released a report on government-held spectrum.  The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “While we are still reviewing the PCAST report, we are encouraged by the sustained interest in exploring ways to free up…

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Interference Testing Sleight of Hand

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last Friday, a group of lower 700 MHz A block licensees submitted new interference testing and a report purporting to analyze the relative impact of Channel 51 and E block signals on Band 12 and Band 17 devices.  The lengthy report claims to show that Band 12 LTE devices are unlikely to experience interference levels…

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Why a Mandate Won’t Solve the Real Challenges in the Lower 700 MHz Band

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, AT&T will file reply comments with the FCC in a proceeding launched to explore interoperability challenges in the lower 700 MHz spectrum bands.  Amid the noise of the opening round of comments, fundamental facts have emerged that underscore that the proposed elimination of Band 17 would be profoundly poor public policy. First, the proposed interoperability mandate sought…

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Protecting Privacy in a Mobile World

On Friday, we filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on privacy issues in today’s mobile world.  In May, the Commission put out a public notice seeking information on the measures wireless service providers take to protect customers’ information on mobile devices. As the Commission acknowledges, the wireless marketplace today is a far cry…

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Breaking Down Barriers In the WCS Band

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The history of the 2.3 GHz Wireless Communication Services (WCS) spectrum band is a tortured one.  The Commission originally auctioned 128 licenses in April 1997 and from the very beginning, concerns were raised about whether WCS licensees could peacefully co-exist with neighboring licensees in the Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) band.  The years following the auction saw…

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911 in the Smartphone Age

By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Public Safety and Homeland Security Earlier today, my colleague, AT&T Vice President of Public Safety Solutions Mel Coker, announced at the NENA conference that AT&T will launch a trial for Text to 911 later this year with a goal for a nationwide launch in 2013.  AT&T has been…

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Rewarding Misbehavior…

Earlier this week, I wrote about the special access order circulated at the Commission and explained why a backwards looking focus on legacy, practically-obsolete technology would lead to less fiber infrastructure investment, less innovation, less job creation and would be completely contrary to the Obama Administration’s goals in each of those areas.  Today, I am…

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Unlocking the Value of the Lower 700 MHz A Block

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, opening comments are being filed in the FCC’s recently initiated 700 MHz interoperability proceeding.  As our comments fully demonstrate, the interference challenges in the lower 700 MHz band are real and material.  The high power broadcasts permitted in broadcast TV channel 51 and in the 700 MHz lower E block create the potential for…

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