AT&T Statement on Net Neutrality

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm

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

“AT&T has built its broadband business, both wired and wireless, on the principle of Internet openness.  That is what our customers rightly expect, and it is what our company will continue to deliver.  That is also why we endorsed the FCC’s original rule on net neutrality, and is why we pledged to adhere to openness principles even after the recent court decision.

“As the FCC embarks on a new proceeding to clarify its authority under section 706, we will, of course, participate constructively and in the same spirit with which we worked with the Commission on its original rule.  We believe the FCC possesses sufficient authority under section 706 to preserve Internet freedom and openness, and that it can do so without over-regulation.  Indeed, and as the court recognized, section 706 was clearly intended by Congress as a tool to enhance broadband investment and deployment.  Thus, it is vital that, as the FCC defines its authority, it do so in a way that does not inhibit the very investment section 706 was intended to assist.”

 

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AT&T Statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit Open Internet Decision

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on January 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm

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

“AT&T has been committed to the open Internet since our endorsement of the FCC’s statement of Internet freedoms in 2004. We worked constructively to help craft the FCC’s net neutrality rule, and testified in support of it in the Congress. As the FCC assesses the impact of today’s court decision, AT&T can assure all of our customers and stakeholders that our commitment to protect and maintain an open Internet will not change.”

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TOPICS: FCC, Net Neutrality
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AT&T Response to Chairman Walden and Chairman Upton’s Announcement to Update the Communications Act

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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

“We applaud Chairman Walden and Chairman Upton for taking this critical step to ensure America’s telecommunications laws are aligned with the explosion of new technologies and expanding consumer needs. Their decision recognizes that current laws are woefully outdated, that they fail to provide the level playing field needed by competing services and technologies, and that they have become an impediment to investment and economic growth. 

“We look forward to working constructively with the Chairmen and the Congress on this exciting challenge.”

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TOPICS: Congress, FCC
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AT&T Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Move to Begin IP Trials

Posted by: Jim Cicconi on November 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is directing the FCC staff to draft an order commencing geographic trials for the transition from aging communication platforms and services to new services based fully on Internet Protocol (“IP”). The following statement may be attributed to AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Jim Cicconi:

“We congratulate Chairman Wheeler for his leadership and vision. Today’s action is a significant step forward for the industry. But, importantly, as you can see from Chairman Wheeler’s blog, it is also critical for American consumers.

“Our current infrastructure has served us well for almost a century but it no longer meets the needs of America’s consumers. The transition to broadband and IP services that has already begun is driven by consumers who are moving to the Internet and choosing to connect in ways not imagined just a decade ago. Like any change it requires planning. The geographic trials directed by Chairman Wheeler will provide the real world answers needed to ensure a seamless transition. We’re committed to work closely and constructively with the FCC and with all stakeholders to ensure this process succeeds and the goals set forth in the National Broadband Plan are achieved.”

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TOPICS: FCC, IP Transition
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AT&T Statement on Senate
Approval of Wheeler, O’Rielly to FCC

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.”

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TOPICS: Administration, FCC
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