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Five Fundamentals, Values For A New Phone Network

January 29, 2013 AT&T , FCC , phone transition

As we wrote back in November, AT&T’s decision to upgrade its network from tradition phone technology (called “TDM”) to an all Internet protocol (IP) system has enormous implications for every aspect of our voice communication system in the country. To provide the right framework for the transition, Public Knowledge submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) our proposed “Five Fundamentals” Framework: Service to All Americans, Interconnection and Competition, Consumer Protection, Network Reliability, and Public Safety.

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AT&T and Verizon Double-Dare FCC To Stop Spectrum Consolidation

January 25, 2013 AT&T , Competition , Mobile Communication , Spectrum , Verizon

Rarely do you see companies double-dare the FCC to back up their brave talk about promoting competition. That is, however, what AT&T has just decided to do – with a little help from Verizon. After gobbling a ton of spectrum last year in a series of small transactions, AT&T announced earlier this week it would buy up ATNI, which holds the last shreds of the old Alltel Spectrum. To top this off, Verizon just announced it has selected the purchaser for the 700 MHz spectrum it promised to sell off to get permission to buy the SpectrumCo spectrum. And guess what?

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Shutting Down The Phone System Gets Real: The Implications of AT&T Upgrading To An All IP Network.

November 13, 2012 AT&T , Competition , FCC , Wireline

I believe AT&T’s announcement last week about its plans to upgrade its network and replace its rural copper lines with wireless is the single most important development in telecom since passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It impacts just about every aspect of wireline and wireless policy.

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PK In The Know Podcast: ATT, Facetime, and 2012 Election

November 9, 2012 AT&T , Competition , Fair Use , Future of Video , Open Internet

On this week’s podcast we discuss ATT opening up on Facetime, the future of telephone networks, and, of course, what the election means for the internet.

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Will AT&T Try To Crash the Sprint/SoftBank Party?

October 19, 2012 AT&T , Competition , Spectrum

Yesterday, Sprint moved to acquire a majority stake in Clearwire (CLWR) in advance of SoftBank acquiring a majority stake in Sprint. Despite some earlier speculation that SoftBank might have strategies that don’t include CLWR,  and despite disappointment from investors that Sprint won’t spend the extra bucks to acquire CLWR in its entirety, the move was pretty much expected. One of the main obstacles to Sprint in recent years has been its occasionally testy relationship with CLWR, and difficulties the two companies have had negotiating terms for Sprint’s use of CLWR’s spectrum and network.

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