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David Salway

AT&T Takes on the FCC . . . again

By November 30, 2012

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As the United States second largest telecommunications company, you would expect AT&T to frequently be mentioned in industry issues and announcements.  AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson is quoted frequently on various broadband related issues.

Mr Stephenson repeated AT&T's frequent refrain to the Obama Administration to call on the FCC to speed up the process to free wireless spectrum for broadband deployment.  In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, the AT&T


CEO also called for faster approval of spectrum transfers and called for other measures to make spectrum available.

AT&T also criticized the FCC for getting into the business of regulating "special access services."

Finally, AT&T was on the receiving end of some criticism by industry analysts for both abandoning rural broadband customers in April, when AT&T pledged to sell "underperforming assets,"  namely its Yellow Pages Division, and its copper wireline network infrastructure.  Reversing course, AT&T's CEO said the telecommunications giant is now exploring options to upgrade its legacy copper network - to provide better and faster access to its rural broadband customers, and increase revenue from increased sales of broadband access and services.

This time AT&T is calling upon the FCC to remove restrictions on telecommunication carriers to maintain legacy networks after migrating to IP-based networks.



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