Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 1, 2011 at 10:25 am
The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs:
We expected that the AT&T-T-Mobile transaction would receive careful, considered, and fair analysis. Unfortunately, the preliminary FCC Staff Analysis offers none of that. The document is so obviously one-sided that any fair-minded person reading it is left with the clear impression that it is an advocacy piece, and not a considered analysis.
In our view, the report raises questions as to whether its authors were predisposed. The report cherry-picks facts to support its views, and ignores facts that don’t. Where facts were lacking, the report speculates, with no basis, and then treats its own speculations as if they were fact. This is clearly not the fair and objective analysis to which any party is entitled, and which we have every right to expect.
All any company can properly ask when they present a matter to the government is a fair hearing and objective treatment based on factual findings. The FCC’s report makes clear that neither occurred on our merger, at least within the pages of this report. This has not been our past experience with the agency, which lets us hope for and expect better in the future. Here are examples of what we are describing:
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on November 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm
The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs:
“The FCC has recognized that it is required by its own rules to dismiss our merger application. This makes all the more troubling their decision to nonetheless release a preliminary staff report on the merger. This report is not an order of the FCC and has never been voted on. It is simply a staff draft that raises questions of fact that were to be addressed in an administrative hearing, a hearing which will not now take place. It has no force or effect under law, which raises questions as to why the FCC would choose to release it. The draft report has also not been made available to AT&T prior to today, so we have had no opportunity to address or rebut its claims, which makes its release all the more improper. ”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm
The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs:
“The CEO of Sprint said the Department of Justice should block AT&T from merging with T-Mobile, but would have good reasons to instead allow Sprint to purchase them. For months Sprint has spoken disingenuously about their motives for opposing AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile. Now, Mr. Hesse’s public musings have made their motives much more clear. That they would act in their own economic interest is not surprising. That they would expect the United States Government to be a willing partner certainly is.”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm
FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker today announced her departure from the Commission. The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External & Legislative Affairs, and Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer:
“The FCC, the industry, and American consumers have greatly benefitted from Commissioner Baker’s dedication to public service and her extensive knowledge in communications policy. We are sorry to see her leave the Commission but we wish Meredith all the best and we look forward to continuing to work with her in her new capacity.”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm
The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs.
“We are grateful to Rep. Eshoo for introducing legislation that will facilitate broadband deployment in areas where highways are being built with federal funding. This terrific bill provides an imaginative way to lower deployment costs while easing some of the inconveniences citizens encounter during the installation of fiber-optic communications cable. We look forward to continuing to work with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Eshoo and Rep. Waxman, an original cosponsor. We appreciate their leadership in helping to get our nation to 100 percent broadband availability.”