Leaning Toward the IP Future

Posted by: Joan Marsh on January 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Three years ago, AT&T commenced two technology transition trials with the goal of identifying and resolving operational, technical, and public policy issues associated with migrating legacy TDM services to an IP future.

Now, three years later, AT&T has achieved many of the goals it established for the trials:  the trials accelerated and increased the dialogue around the impacts of an IP transition on different customer segments; AT&T grandfathered numerous business TDM-based services with no evidence of customer disruption; and perhaps most importantly, customers that voluntarily transitioned to IP services during the trials continued to receive exceptional service quality and customer care.  In sum, the trials were a success in no small part due to the participation of and dialogue with key stakeholders representing persons with disabilities, seniors, the public safety community, federal, state and local governments, policymakers and others.

During this same time period, the FCC was busy as well.  The Commission issued two orders establishing a framework and rules for technology transitions, including processes and standards for discontinuing retail voice and wholesale services, as well as updating certain requirements for retiring legacy facilities.  While AT&T has challenged certain aspects of those orders, the rules of the road for the IP transition have now been established and the path forged.  As a result, we announced today that we are terminating the two trials. 

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AT&T Response to Wireless Bureau’s Review of Sponsored Data Programs

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on January 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“It remains unclear why the Wireless Bureau continues to question the value of giving consumers the ability to watch video without incurring any data charges. This practice, which has been embraced by AT&T and other broadband providers, has enabled millions of consumers to enjoy the latest popular content and services – for free.  We hope the government continues to support a competitive marketplace that lowers costs and increases choice for consumers.”

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AT&T Responds, Again, to Wireless Bureau’s Sponsored Data Inquiry

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“As we explain (again) in the response provided to the Wireless Bureau today, the video entertainment marketplace is ripe for disruptive change, which is exactly why consumers have enthusiastically embraced Data Free TV in all its competitive forms. That enthusiasm has caused competitors to react with additional consumer-friendly video offerings, like the T-Mobile offer announced today. And although the Commission has decided to apply Title II to broadband services, the Wireless Bureau’s analysis of AT&T’s sponsored data platform abandons decades of Title II jurisprudence to raise questions about a service that undeniably increases choice and lowers costs for video consumers. This is exactly the type of pro-consumer benefit that the DirecTV acquisition was designed to achieve.

“We also note that the concerns being raised are not those of the FCC – which would require that the Commissioners be given an opportunity to consider the analysis – but rather those solely of the Bureau Staff. As we explain in the filing today, Bureau Staff lacks the authority to take action on a matter presenting new or novel questions of law or policy – something this inquiry indisputably does given that the Internet conduct standard at issue here prescribes no clear rules of any kind, and the Bureau’s novel interpretation of that provision guts decades of regulatory and competition policy precedent.”

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AT&T Statement on Announcement FCC Chairman Wheeler will Step Down in January

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:

“It would be disingenuous to suggest that we did not have significant differences with the direction the FCC took under Chairman Wheeler.  However, Chairman Wheeler has been a respected leader in the video and wireless industries for over 30 years with many accomplishments. Following that illustrious career, and when most people would have hung up their spikes, he chose to enter public service where he was a dedicated and tireless advocate. We wish him and Carol happiness and health in the future.”


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AT&T Applauds the Selection of Congressman Walden to Chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 2, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Yesterday, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) was selected to chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:

“AT&T applauds the selection of Congressman Walden to Chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee.  He has played a critical role in shaping our nation’s telecom and technology polices to the tremendous benefit of consumers and the economy. We look forward to continuing to work with him and the full Committee on legislation that encourages investment and enables our industry to be a global leader in bringing new and innovative technologies to market.”


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TOPICS: Broadband, Congress
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