Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 19, 2013 at 11:15 am
Remarks by Charlene Lake, AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, as prepared for delivery at the NOYS 2013 Teen Distracted Driving Summit today in Washington, DC:
Javon, thanks for that warm welcome. Javon is no newcomer to saving lives. He volunteers his time training high school and middle school students in central Virginia as youth traffic safety advocates. Thanks for your commitment to making our society safer, and thanks for your commitment to NOYS.
NOYS is a terrific organization, and thanks to Roy, Julie and Lyndsay for bringing us together today. I’m not sure what’s more exciting – seeing so many familiar faces from last year’s Summit or seeing so many new ones. Either way, the energy, commitment, and ability to get things done is a powerful and contagious force to witness in our nation’s capital. At last year’s Summit, I challenged everyone to join AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign to end texting while driving. I asked you to speak up to your friends, your peers, your parents, and your communities. I challenged you to get behind a campaign that would save lives. You’ve accomplished more than I ever could have hoped.
You’ve organized countless events to underscore the consequences of looking away from the road – even for only two seconds – to send a text message. One great example is the Massachusetts Teen Distracted Driving Leadership Summit organized by Brian, Matt and Tim Salit. Their summit kicked off an effort to get every school to hold a local event and to reach about 30,000 students in the state. Let’s thank Brian, Matt and Tim for making a difference! The Salits’ work and passion is representative of what so many of you students here are doing to make the roads safer for all of us. One of the most powerful ways you do that is through real-life stories.
Posted by: Hank Hultquist on September 17, 2013 at 11:33 am
Yesterday, we filed comments in the FCC’s proceeding to modernize the E-rate program to meet President Obama’s goal of bringing broadband to every classroom in America. We fully support this goal and we look forward to working with the Commission to make it happen.
The current structure of the E-rate program does not reflect the reality of today’s rapidly growing high-speed world. Therefore the program should shift from supporting basic telecom and Internet access services to supporting the expansion of high-speed broadband connections into every school and library. Not only should broadband be prioritized over other services when it comes to receiving funding, but the Commission should also put funding toward ensuring adequate internal connections within these institutions. Access to broadband is useless if you don’t have sufficient inside wiring or electronics.
An additional priority for a modernized E-rate program should be addressing the needs of those schools and libraries that currently have either inadequate or no broadband service at all. Getting high-speed broadband connections into these anchor institutions will not only have an immediate, and positive, impact on students and teachers but it will also help the surrounding communities by increasing everyone’s access. What stands to undermine this effort, however, is the proposal to put E-rate money toward the build out of private fiber networks to institutions that already have adequate access to broadband. It is wasteful, inefficient and makes no sense to fund additional, private networks where commercial providers are already making high-speed broadband available.
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm
Washington, DC: Today, Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Permanent Tax Freedom Act. The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:
“Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Eshoo should be commended for introducing legislation to protect consumers by ensuring that the Internet remains free from unfair and discriminatory taxes. It is critical that Congress permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act and we applaud Representatives Goodlatte and Eshoo for taking the lead on this important measure.”
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.