Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm
The following are prepared remarks delivered earlier today by Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, at the Brussels Internet & Telecom Seminar:
Thank you for having me here today. I am pleased to be in Brussels, and a part of this discussion about Regulatory Modernization.
This is an important topic for all of us, both in Europe and the US.
I’ll be the first person to recognize that the different facts in each country can require different policy tools, even when there are common goals. With that in mind, though, I hope it will be helpful to this panel discussion if I share my thoughts, based largely on US experience, on the topic of what needs to happen with regulation to inspire investment in the networks of the future.
Full disclosure: I’m a policy guy, and I’m not ashamed of it. I think it’s important to talk about the relationship between technology and regulation. Why? Because in this conversation among all of us in the private sector and government, we need to find a good balance, with the right policies to guide market forces. If we don’t get the regulatory framework right, we won’t tap the full potential of what new technology can do for our economy and society.