Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on October 30, 2013 at 10:04 am
The U.S. Senate last night approved the nominations of Tom Wheeler as Chairman and Michael O’Rielly as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The following statement may be attributed to AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Jim Cicconi:
“I commend the Senate for approving the nominations of Tom Wheeler for Chairman and Michael O’Rielly as Commissioner of the FCC. Both are widely respected for their experience and knowledge in communications issues.
“There’s no doubt that this FCC possesses the skills and leadership to tackle the major issues facing our industry, first and foremost the transition to next-generation, Internet-enabled services and networks. All of us at AT&T are excited to see both positions confirmed. We know all five commissioners will play a key role at this pivotal time in the FCC’s history.
“I would also like to commend Acting Chairwoman Clyburn for her superb work in leading the agency over the past several months. She has guided the agency with skill and care, and has a track record of significant accomplishments in a very short time. That’s impressive for any chairman, and I know she’ll continue to contribute to the FCC’s success.”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on October 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm
The following statement may be attributed to Hank Hultquist, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory:
“AT&T is committed to ensuring that all Americans with telephone numbers, including those living in rural areas, are able to receive telephone calls on a reliable basis, and we believe it appropriate that the Commission address practices that stand in the way of this critical public policy. While we await further details about the order, we commend the Commission for applying the requirements adopted in this order on a technology neutral basis, and to providers at all points along the IP transition. We also applaud the Commission for taking an approach that should not require providers who adhere to industry leading practices to make costly investments in obsolete systems and equipment that are set for retirement, when less costly alternatives are available. We look forward to learning more about the Commission’s action.”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on October 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm
The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President-Federal Regulatory:
“Last month, AT&T agreed to a voluntary industry framework that will resolve interoperability issues in the lower 700 MHz band. A critical prerequisite to the commitments made by AT&T is FCC action to harmonize the lower 700 MHz E Block, lowering permissible power limits to eliminate the potential for harmful interference. We are pleased to see the FCC moving swiftly to address these interference issues consistent with the negotiated solution. The action the Commission takes today, under continued leadership by Chairwoman Clyburn, is a critical step to achieving 700 MHz interoperability that will in turn foster industry investment and deployment in the 700 MHz band to the benefit of U.S. wireless consumers.”
Posted by: Hank Hultquist on October 18, 2013 at 11:29 am
One of the most important issues that the FCC should examine in considering a proposal to expand its E-rate programs, is the issue of “dark fiber.” Dark fiber refers to fiber optic cable that has not been activated, or “lit,” for use. Some people are saying that the FCC should expand E-rate by expending limited Universal Service Fund (USF) resources on limited-reach networks, i.e., networks that only reach the locations of E-rate customers, and do not provide broadband services to the community at large. But in a world where USF dollars are limited, and any expansion in E-rate could reduce funding available for other universal service objectives, it is critical that the FCC build synergies between its programs. E-rate should not become a digital bridge to nowhere.
Proponents of this plan argue that dark fiber could be a more cost-effective way for schools and libraries to afford high speed broadband service. But policymakers must be careful when analyzing this assumption. Fiber in the ground does not a reliable broadband service make. The Commission proposes to support the cost of electronics to light the fiber, but what about the considerable expertise required to setup and manage the ongoing operation of a sophisticated network? Are schools going to be expected to take on this role? Or will they need to hire consultants? Asking a school to become a telecom provider makes about as much sense as asking a telecom provider to open an elementary school. Our public schools already have the most challenging and important job in the country — educating our children. Does it make public policy sense to add owning and operating networks to that job? The answer cannot possibly be yes.
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on October 4, 2013 at 10:10 am
DALLAS, Oct. 4, 2013 — The following may be attributed to AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson:
“It is unthinkable that the United States could default on its financial commitments, and it would be the height of irresponsibility for any public official to consider such a course. In fact, even the discussion of default poses great risk to our economy and to our country. It is imperative to our Nation that the overwhelming majority of our public officials who recognize this reality unite their efforts, regardless of party, to bring a responsible solution forward.”