Meeting the Challenges of The Mobile Broadband Age

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

A few weeks ago, AT&T announced an agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA.  While some people were surprised by the announcement, the main reason for the deal was obvious to anyone who has been following the rapid growth of the wireless industry – we need more capacity to address the surging demand for mobile broadband.   AT&T’s wireless…

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Clarifying the Rules of the Road

by Jeanine Poltronieri

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Imagine you are on a beach somewhere in Florida, relaxing and, perhaps, sipping a margarita.  Naturally, you want to call your friends back in D.C. to gloat.  But your cell call drops.  Why?  A luxury yacht named New Frontier just entered the port.   How does that work, you ask?  Well, this luxury yacht has been…

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MobilizeEverything

So, we’ve made some news this weekend.  In case you missed it, we announced on Sunday we have agreed to acquire T-Mobile USA from German-owned Deutsche Telekom. The deal will undergo a thorough review by the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.  We understand that Congress, the DOJ, the FCC, as well as…

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Putting Control in The Hands of Consumers

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Amidst all the net neutrality activity in Washington last week, you may not have heard about a great program Consumer Action launched on Wednesday called WirelessEd.  The program is designed to help consumers better understand and manage their wireless devices and services.  AT&T is a proud supporter of this program and we were pleased to be…

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Closing the Gap on Tribal Lands

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Tomorrow, the FCC will meet to consider three related items that focus on increasing the deployment of telecommunications services on Tribal Lands.  One of those items will specifically explore a range of recommendations to help close the wireless gap on Tribal Lands. Wireless and broadband deployment continue to present unique challenges for many Tribal Lands…

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Moving Beyond the Rhetoric

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

After seeing NAB’s latest salvo in the spectrum debate in the Feb. 7 issue of Communications Daily, I have to admit that I agree with NAB on one point:  it’s time to move beyond the rhetoric.  Let’s dissect NAB’s most recent retort. First, NAB claims that the “spectrum crisis” rhetoric is overheated.  There’s certainly been…

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AT&T on King, Thompson Public Safety Legislation

Congressman Peter T. King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson have introduced legislation (H.R. 607) to make more spectrum available to public safety for a nationwide wireless broadband network.  The following statement may be attributed to AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations Tim McKone: “Chairman King’s and…

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AT&T on National Wireless Initiative

President Obama today unveiled details of the Administration’s National Wireless Initiative, which is designed to bring wireless broadband to at least 98% of Americans.  The following statement may be attributed to John Donovan, AT&T Chief Technology Officer: “President Obama has outlined a comprehensive and aggressive plan that lays the groundwork for bringing wireless broadband to…

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Late to the Party

by Jim Cicconi

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

In a statement yesterday, NAB raised points they thought it important to note.  We think it’s also important to note that in the last four years alone, AT&T paid more than $10 billion simply for the rights to spectrum for our LTE wireless build.  This amount had to be paid before we could even begin…

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Into Thin Air

Like a climb up Mount Everest, finding new spectrum allocations for commercial wireless broadband use is extremely challenging. Those who have spectrum want to keep it, and the low hanging fruit has already been allocated…base camp has been reached. The President, Congress and the FCC have all made it clear that additional spectrum is necessary…

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