Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on August 2, 2013 at 10:15 am
WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced yesterday his intent to nominate Michael O’Rielly as Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer:
“We are delighted that President Obama announced that he intends to nominate Michael O’Rielly to serve as FCC Commissioner. He will bring extensive public service experience, communications policy expertise and practical know-how to the FCC, invaluable assets that will serve him well at the agency.
“We look forward to working with him once he is confirmed by the Senate.”
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on August 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm
Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act of 2013. Please attribute the following to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:
“AT&T applauds Senators Wyden and Thune for introducing legislation to permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA). We are pleased to be part of such a broad coalition of companies and consumer groups that are committed to keeping access to the Internet free from discriminatory and unfair taxes. We look forward to working with the Senators and the Congress as this legislation moves forward.”
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.”
Posted by: Jim Cicconi on July 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm
Early this week at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress, we expressed support for the concepts embodied in Public Knowledge’s 5 Principles for the IP transition. After reading Public Knowledge’s white paper issued today, I am even more convinced that Public Knowledge has laid out a common sense framework that can help to frame the discussion of how we navigate the inevitable transition from a circuit-switched Plain Old Telephone Service – POTS – communications system to the advanced capabilities offered by new Internet technologies.
There were several points in Public Knowledge’s white paper that we could have written ourselves at AT&T. First, the transition has to occur. Our old reliable TDM technology is obsolete and defined by two words: “Manufacturer discontinued.” Second, the fundamental principles of universal connectivity, consumer protection, reliability and public safety – all hallmarks of our Nation’s centuries old commitment to communications – should not be lost in this transition.
Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on July 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm
U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced “The Cybersecurity Act of 2013.” The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:
“AT&T supports S. 1353, the Cybersecurity Act of 2013, which takes a bi-partisan approach and preserves the role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in working with the private sector on cybersecurity standards and best practices. The bill also focuses on other important issues where there is widespread agreement such as enhancing cybersecurity R&D, awareness and education. Most importantly, the bill clarifies the importance of truly voluntary standards, developed jointly with industry and not a precursor to future regulation.
“While we still believe that the most important thing government can do to enhance cybersecurity is to pass information sharing legislation, we commend Chairman Rockefeller and Senator Thune for their leadership and in reaching a compromise that we hope will end debate on how to address critical infrastructure standards and best practices and allow cybersecurity legislation to move forward.”