The FCC: Having Its Forbearance Cake and Eating It Too

Authored by Paul Mancini, AT&T Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel Over the last month, various members of the FCC and others have publicly promoted the agency’s proposal to change the classification of broadband Internet access service.  In a nutshell, the FCC wants to take broadband Internet access service out of the competitive-oriented Title…

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They Do What? Where?

Authored by Andrea Brands, Director of Public Affairs for AT&T Recently I talked to students who took part in the national Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day about online safety and mentioned how many of their grandparents were likely online, perhaps emailing with friends, researching second careers or even looking for love through…

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Pickett’s Charge Redux

I’ve had some time to step back a bit from last week’s FCC announcement,  in which the Chairman and General Counsel laid out a plan to go down the path of applying 75 year-old monopoly voice (Title II) regulation to the 21st century broadband Internet.  I have to admit that while some issues have crystallized,…

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AT&T Response to FCC Chairman’s ‘A Third Way’ Broadband Announcement

We are deeply disappointed that, in order to deal with an adverse court decision, the FCC chairman has decided to subject all broadband facilities, including Internet backbones, to common carriage regulation under Title II.  We believe this is without legal basis.  Make no mistake—when it regulates the networks that comprise the Internet, the FCC is…

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This Ain’t No Buzz Kill

The recent focus on the privacy policies of social networks reminded me of the changes to our Privacy Policies made last summer. When we launched our revamped Privacy Policy last August – we collapsed 17 different Policies into one, plain-language, easy-to-understand set of privacy commitments (take a look at it and tell us what you think).  …

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Facts Are Indeed Stubborn Things

Today, like many others, we’ll file our reply comments in the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding.  While some are suggesting this deadline may be anticlimactic given the DC Circuit’s recent decision, I think it’s important—though perhaps for a different reason than most.  Here’s why. Those who argue the need for significant government regulation always bear a…

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FCC’s About Face on Roaming

AT&T has been a big supporter of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.  That Plan recognized and highlighted the need for significant reforms in areas like universal service, intercarrrier compensation, a renewed vigor and focus on adoption, and the identification of spectrum to fuel the public’s insatiable demand for wireless broadband. The Plan also recognized that…

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A Balanced Framework for the Internet

The audience sitting in front of Neelie Kroes at ARCEP’s conference on net neutrality last week was largely European Internet and telecom executives and their regulators, but perhaps the more appropriate audience is located some 4000 miles to the west. Drawing on her deep experience as former EU Commissioner for Competition, the current Vice President of…

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Public Safety and the Country’s Broadband Agenda

Authored By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Homeland Security On Tuesday, I spent the morning at the Federal Communications Commission, participating in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau’s workshop on critical infrastructure.  It was the second formal discussion on public safety issues the Bureau has organized since the FCC delivered…

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Empowered Through Broadband

Authored by Jeff Brueggeman, Vice President-Public Policy for AT&T Earlier today, AT&T helped launch a new public/private partnership that is geared toward helping small businesses grow through access to broadband.  We’re investing billions of dollars to build advanced broadband networks for businesses and we are proud to be a founding partner of this dynamic group….

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