Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Please attribute the following statement to Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO:
“We’re excited about the President’s proposals. AT&T has been very involved in tackling problems confronting our educational system, and we believe ensuring every child has access to robust broadband connections in their school would be a major step. AT&T is ready to do its part to help make this vision a reality.
“As the President noted, the current e-Rate system, and the Universal Service Fund on which it depends, must be modernized for this plan to work. The FCC has taken significant steps toward this, but much more needs to be done. In particular, the USF contribution methodology must be updated to encompass more than the legacy services assessed today as we transition to the all-IP communications networks of tomorrow. In addition, the very cumbersome rules surrounding the current e-Rate program simply must be streamlined and made more efficient. We are convinced this can be done while still ensuring that the funds are properly collected and spent.”
Posted by: Bob Quinn on June 5, 2013 at 9:22 am
The recent CTIA show in Las Vegas featured policy speeches by the three current FCC Commissioners – Acting Chairwoman Clyburn and Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai – each of whom offered thoughts on how we can keep the U.S. the world leader in mobile broadband deployment. Acting Chairwoman Clyburn led the show by declaring her intent to keep the agency moving forward during her tenure and, much to the CTIA crowd’s delight, she focused on the continuing spectrum challenges we face and the role of effective spectrum policy in mobile innovation and U.S. competitiveness. We support her continuing leadership on these issues and stand ready to work with her office on the entire range of proceedings underway at the FCC designed to drive more efficient spectrum utilization.
The upcoming spectrum auctions were also the focus of speeches by Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai.
First, Commissioner Rosenworcel offered 10 ideas for progress now. Her first ideas were straight-forward but important – keep policy focused on consumers, and keep the auction process simple and open. Commissioner Rosenworcel observed that a simple and open auction process should drive rules that make it easy for broadcasters to participate, that treat broadcasters who remain fairly and that raise sufficient revenue to build and support the nation’s first interoperable, mobile broadband public safety network.
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.
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has reintroduced the Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act, which would make it a federal crime to tamper with the unique identification number (IMEI) of a wireless device. The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:
“AT&T applauds Senator Schumer for reintroducing legislation to help deter the theft of wireless communications devices. The Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act is a critical component in helping law enforcement and wireless carriers address the growing issue of stolen devices. Last year, we launched a website to help educate our customers on how to protect their wireless devices, and we created a stolen phone database which prevents devices reported stolen by our customers from working on our network. We thank the Senator for his tireless efforts in this area and we look forward to working with him and his colleagues as this legislation moves forward.”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 24, 2013 at 11:46 am
Please attribute the following to Len Cali, AT&T Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy:
“On behalf of AT&T I want to congratulate Danny Sepulveda for his nomination to become Ambassador for International Communications and Information Policy. We have had the pleasure of working with Danny on many important issues, and he possesses the experience, expertise and commitment to expanding communications services that will serve him well in this important position. We look forward to working together.”