Modernizing the FCC:
It’s Not Complicated

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Remarks by AT&T’s Jim Cicconi as prepared for delivery at today’s Media Institute Communications Forum Luncheon in Washington, DC:

It’s September in Washington, my favorite time of year.  We all pretend we’ve just gotten back from hobnobbing with the Obamas in Martha’s Vineyard, and we’re now ready to focus on the more important things.  Like the Redskins.  Oh yeah.  And there’s another budget crisis.  Another debt ceiling deadline.  Another Middle East war, maybe.  Oh, and we have plenty of leaks, and even leaks about leaks.  Not to mention leaks by the leakees about the leaker.  We have another Obama speech labeled “the biggest of his presidency”.  And on vacation, we all read “This Town”, or pretended we did.  Because, after all, we had to find out if we were in it.  And if we weren’t, we had to be able to tell all our friends “thank God I wasn’t in the book” while secretly wishing we were.  Even if it meant getting trashed.

But for us telecom junkies, all this pales.  In our own in-bred, anti-Copernican world, we’re consumed not by these issues.  Instead, we’re buzzing about a new FCC Chairmanship.  We are truly our own self-contained universe.

Yes, like all of you, I put out my statement praising Tom Wheeler and the many virtues I know he’ll bring to his job.  I mean really– even Susan Crawford put out a statement, so I’m not sure how impressed the incoming chairman is by all these expressions of devotion.  But, in this case, I actually think we have a good chance of being right.  (And that’s not because Free Press took the opposing view… though with their track record, it is a validation of sorts.)    

So, with faith that we’ll all be saying the same wonderful things at the end of Chairman Wheeler’s tenure that we’re saying before he starts, I wanted to offer a few modest thoughts about the big challenges our new FCC chairman will face in this time of huge technological upheaval in communications.  But best to begin with his exquisite conundrum.

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AT&T Statement on FCC Stopping
‘Shot Clock’ on ATN Transaction

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on August 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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

“AT&T is extremely disappointed at the FCC delay today on this small transaction.  AT&T is ready, willing and able to make significant network investments in these rural territories to bring HSPA+ and LTE services to Allied’s customers, an investment that will not occur but for this transaction.  AT&T has actively worked to address FCC concerns and will continue to work with the Commission until all issues are resolved.”

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AT&T Statement on Nomination of
Tom Wheeler for Chairman of FCC

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on July 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation today approved the nomination of Tom Wheeler for Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The following statement may be attributed to AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice-President, External & Legislative Affairs Jim Cicconi:

“We commend the Senate Commerce Committee for voting to approve Tom Wheeler to become Chairman of the FCC.  Mr. Wheeler is one of the most qualified individuals ever nominated for this position, and we look forward to him assuming leadership of the agency after his confirmation by the Senate.”

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TOPICS: Administration, FCC
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AT&T Response to the White House Announcement on Broadband and Spectrum Policy

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

Please attribute the following statement to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs:

“Today’s announcement by the White House is important not just for the initiatives it lays out, but for the clear policy direction it sets.  We commend the White House for recognizing the enormous progress in US broadband deployment, wireless in particular, and for their commitment to meet the need for more spectrum so these investments can continue.  In addition, the new White House report, “Four Years of Broadband Growth“, demonstrates factually the dramatic pace of broadband investment that is helping transform America–  a success story that is undeniable, compelling, and continuing.

“At AT&T, we’ve been doing our part, investing nearly $80 billion in the US over the past four years.  And, with the promise of supportive government policies that encourage the construction of broadband infrastructure, we’re prepared to continue investing over the next four years, helping bring America the world class broadband infrastructure our economy needs to compete in the 21st century.”

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AT&T Response to the FCC’s IP Transition Public Notice

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice-President, External and Legislative Affairs:

“Today’s public notice is a step forward, though we are disappointed the FCC still appears tentative about dealing with the IP transition, especially when compared with the bold and visionary goals of the National Broadband Plan.  Certainly, this notice might yield some interesting information, and we will of course cooperate fully with the FCC.  We also intend to provide further detail on our proposed geographic trials as requested today, though we are puzzled it took the FCC six months to decide it needed such information.  We continue to believe that controlled, comprehensive geographic trials will more likely identify problems and allow the crafting of solutions.   We also believe that further delays by the FCC in moving to such trials, which they themselves would control, creates more investment uncertainty.  We hope the FCC will consider today’s notice as a first step, one that will ultimately be followed by the more thorough exploration of issues that its own National Broadband Plan challenges us to undertake.”

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TOPICS: Other Thoughts
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