Wireless Broadband

The U.S. wireless market is universally recognized as one of the most intensely competitive industries of any kind anywhere. Price, number of customers, usage, investment, service quality and many other measurements consistently show positive consumer-friendly trends, and U.S. wireless consumers pay far less for far more than anyone else in the world.

The percentage of Americans who live in census blocks with five or more facilities-based wireless competitors has been rapidly increasing over the past several years, from 57 percent in 2007 to 90 percent in 2010. These competitors include not only AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, but upstarts like MetroPCS and Leap (Cricket) that have moved up-market from their traditional prepaid plans and are now steadily taking market share from their larger competitors by offering all-you-can eat smartphone services with nationwide coverage. And mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) also add substantial competition to the market, increasingly through partnerships with wholesale-oriented network providers.

The effective price of wireless broadband usage, measured by average revenue per megabit, has plummeted most dramatically of all, by nearly 90 percent between Q3 2008 and Q4 2010. But wireless broadband prices cannot continue their sharp downward trajectory unless the Federal Communications Commission, working with Congress, frees up more spectrum to accommodate surging bandwidth demands. AT&T applauds the Commission’s efforts to date to meet that objective. But the main obstacle to continued growth, innovation, and price declines in the wireless marketplace arises not from free market dynamics, but from governmental constraints on the efficient use of spectrum.

Providers are constantly investing in advanced network infrastructure to support tomorrow’s high-bandwidth services. For example, since 2008, AT&T has invested tens of billions of dollars to upgrade and expand its wireless network. And the Commission’s statistics show that the industry as a whole has steadily increased its capital investments over the past two years, even as the nation struggles to recover from the worst recession in decades. This continued and rising investment underscores the dynamism and competitiveness of the U.S. wireless marketplace.
 Wireless Broadband

Accelerating Broadband DAS Good

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on August 13, 2014 at 10:33 am The following may be attributed to Jeanine Poltronieri, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory: We write today to support proposed FCC actions to streamline and accelerate the siting … Read more

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The Roaming Marketplace is Working

The Roaming Marketplace is Working Posted by: Joan Marsh on July 11, 2014 at 9:21 am T-Mobile, which advertises itself as the “un-carrier,” has asked the FCC to “un-do” its data roaming rules, which were established in 2011 to facilitate … Read more

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Illuminating the Possibilities

Posted by: Joan Marsh on June 18, 2014 at 10:32 am Yesterday, in the FCC’s Incentive Auction proceeding, AT&T filed a computational study that seeks to provide insights into some fundamental and essential auction questions – namely, for any given clearing … Read more

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Spectrum Sharing: Let’s Walk Before We Run

Spectrum Sharing: Let’s Walk Before Running Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm By Stacey Black, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory The FCC recently released proposed rules for the 3.5 GHz proceeding, a … Read more

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More on the Low Band Spectrum Debate

Posted by: Joan Marsh on May 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm As the debate about auction limitations and restrictions rages on, one new argument is particularly notable. CCA has for months sought low band restrictions or limits in the auction. CCA … Read more

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More on Auction Limits

More on Auction Limits Posted by: Joan Marsh on April 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm The word out of the FCC is that we can expect a 600 MHz auction framework item in the May timeframe.  This has set the auction … Read more

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Who should pay for Netflix?

Posted by: Jim Cicconi on March 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm I saw Reed Hastings’ blog yesterday from Netflix asserting in rather dramatic fashion (with diagrams) that ISPs should build facilities (he said provide, but those facilities have to be built) … Read more

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Right on in AWS-3

Posted by: Joan Marsh on March 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm A draft order for the AWS-3 auction is circulating for a vote at the FCC, and while I have not seen the item, early reports of its recommendations suggest … Read more

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Establishing Effective Spectrum Policy — Part III

Posted by: Joan Marsh on March 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm When the Commission’s mobile spectrum holdings proceeding was initiated over a year ago, AT&T argued that the Commission’s basic spectrum aggregation test – as originally conceived – remained a sound … Read more