“Never Waste a Good Crisis”

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” famous words from Rahm Emanuel early in the Obama Administration. Emanuel’s point was that a crisis is an opportunity to do things you thought you couldn’t do before and, at a recent education summit, Maine Governor John Baldacci quoted Emanuel in reference to our educational…

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Broadband and People with Disabilities

By Susan Mazrui, AT&T Director of Public Policy Today, the Silicon Flatirons Center, in conjunction with the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, and the Federal Communications Commission hosted a conference on “The National Broadband Plan and Accessibility for People with Disabilities.”  It brought together all parties concerned –…

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15 Days…

The FCC’s National Broadband Plan is due to Congress in 15 days. FCC watchers have already begun reading the tea leaves, deciphering the policy gestures, and peddling narratives of industry winners and losers.  Before we do the same, let’s first review how we got here. When Congress passed “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of…

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A Small Bit on Broadband

There was a lot of activity this week surrounding the FCC’s broadband plan.  FCC Chairman Genachowski has been very busy, but he found time last night to accept the prestigious Newt Minow Award at the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center must have been hopping last night as there was also a ballet performance of The…

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When you can’t spot the product, then you ARE the product

By Ellen Blackler, AT&T Executive Director – Public Policy If the customer is always right, it matters a lot if you are the customer or the product. I have been shaking my head over Google’s introduction of BUZZ wondering how they could have misread the privacy interests so badly. What were they thinking?  Surely any…

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National Data Privacy Day

By Ellen Blackler, AT&T Executive Director – Public Policy Today is National Data Privacy Day, a worldwide effort to raise awareness, improve transparency and generate dialogue surrounding data privacy issues impacting individuals, companies and governments. Obviously, this is a good time to review the state of data privacy in the online world and AT&T’s ongoing…

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Hey…Sports Fans, FCC Tells Cable Companies to Play Fair!

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave sports fans a reason to tailgate today by adopting rules to bring sports programming to more video providers.  Ultimately, this means consumers will have more choices in how and from who they receive programming they want. While we still have to review the full details of the FCC’s ruling, the positive…

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Why Does Free Press Want to Dumb Down the Internet?

Today, we sent a letter to the FCC in response to Free Press’ submission objecting to Senator Olympia Snowe’s sensible proposal for a way forward on the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving the Open Internet.  Rather than an overbroad blanket of Commission action, Snowe’s framework focuses on unjust or unreasonable discrimination that causes…

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