Prepared Remarks by Jim Cicconi at the Brussels Internet & Telecom Seminar

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.

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Jim Cicconi: The IP Platform: Consumers Are Making The Transition…Can Regulators Do the Same?

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

At the Communication Exchange Committee today in Washington, DC, AT&T’s Jim Cicconi spoke about the importance of transitioning to an all-IP network.  Following are his remarks as prepared for delivery.

I think we are in a unique position here today – a position of consensus, or at least near-consensus. I believe the timing of this session, and its theme, are important because increasingly three things are becoming obvious to us.

That the communications market is very quickly evolving to a broadband, IP market where the traditional services simply become applications riding on an IP infrastructure… and where consumers not only have thousands, of different ways to interact with each other digitally, but they are in control of what they use and how they use it.

That this move to IP is a very good thing, and that it’s in the public interest it move even faster.

And that the traditional regulatory approach – whereby individual services were each regulated by their own set of rules inside of a regulatory silo – has been totally overtaken, and made virtually nonsensical, by this new IP world.

So we are all here today to discuss how are we going to make this great leap from POTS to Internet, from TDM to IP, from a voice network to a broadband network where voice is just one of many communications applications riding on that infrastructure.

So while it may seem obvious, we have to get the policies right, we have to create the right incentives to get the infrastructure built and we have to preserve a marketplace where consumers are in control of how, when and the means by which they communicate with one another.  And I’d submit that policymakers have got to move faster lest the old laws, regulations and mindsets that are still in place warp or even damage this vital transformation.

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Jim Cicconi’s Opening Remarks from “National Broadband Plan: The Early Reaction” at The Press Club

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on March 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm

The Technology Policy Institute and the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy hosted a discussion today on the FCC’s newly announced National Broadband Plan. Panel discussions focused on the plan’s impact on investment and broadband penetration. AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President, Jim Cicconi participated in a panel titled “Increasing Incentives to Innovate and Invest.” His opening remarks are included in the video below.

He was joined by – Moderator: Tom Lenard – TPI, Kyle McSlarrow – NCTA, Peter Pitsch – Intel, Greg Rosston – SIEPR (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research,) and Tom Tauke – Verizon. To follow the event in progress, you can follow @NextGenWeb or check back here later for links to full video of the conference including the panel referenced above.

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AT&T’s Cicconi on Net Neutrality
Before Congressional Hearing

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on March 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today held a hearing on H.J. Res 37, disapproving of the FCC’s net neutrality order, which the Commission adopted in December.  Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, delivered the following statement:

Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Eshoo, Chairman Upton, Chairman Waxman, Chairman Barton, distinguished members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today on behalf of my company, AT&T.  I recognize it is unusual to be asked to testify on a resolution on which we’ve not taken a position.  However, as I’m sure all of you know, we have been involved for years in the issue that underlies H.J. Res. 37, and that is the protracted dispute over net neutrality regulation by the FCC.

Let me first stress that AT&T has long supported the “broadband principles” laid out by the FCC six years ago.  We support an open Internet, and have promised to abide by that concept.  But like many issues that start from a shared belief, this one quickly devolved into a long and contentious debate over specifics:  whether the FCC should be able to enforce the broadband principles; whether a broad set of rules was needed; what legal authority the FCC has to put any such rules in place.  And all of this despite any real evidence of a problem.

As in most regulatory debates, this one has not lacked for radical voices.  Many sought heavy-handed government regulation and control of free markets… some for commercial advantage, others to advance their own ideology.   Since this debate began back in 2005, AT&T has consistently opposed any FCC regulation of Internet services or facilities.  This is still our strong preference today.  We feel the antitrust laws, the Federal Trade Act, and the discipline of highly competitive markets are more than adequate to police any potential abuses. 

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AT&T Response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Future of Broadband Speech

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:

“Today, Chairman Wheeler highlighted the need for faster and better broadband, and for all Americans to have more competitive broadband choices.  We couldn’t agree more.  AT&T has been investing vigorously to make that vision a reality.  Since 2008, AT&T has invested nearly $119 billion, much of that to provide Americans with competitive broadband services, both wired and wireless.  These have included our award-winning U-Verse service, our Project VIP broadband expansion, our Mobile 4G LTE network, and, most recently, our GigaPower service being deployed in locations across the country.  Just yesterday, in fact, we announced that we will bring our GigaPower service to St. Louis, adding to our list of up to 100 cities and municipalities nationwide that will receive our ultra-fast fiber network.  In addition, our proposed merger with DIRECTV will expand and enhance broadband to 15 million locations, more than 11 million of which are outside our wireline footprint, primarily in rural areas.  Much of this investment commitment will bring broadband to consumers who either lack broadband entirely, or who have only one provider — exactly the problematic situations Chairman Wheeler highlighted today.  In short, we agree with Chairman Wheeler’s vision that all consumers should have access to robust broadband, and that they should have a competitive choice of providers.  We will continue to work with the FCC and other policymakers to remove any barriers that inhibit or hinder the infrastructure investment needed to make that vision a reality.”

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