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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In a Down Economy, Let’s Not Sneeze at $20 Billion in Investments

It’s always good to first talk about where you agree with someone before discussing the areas of disagreement. In that spirit we respond to the recent blog post by Susan Crawford. There is one point that we can agree — more spectrum is needed to avoid the looming crisis that the wireless broadband industry is…

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Welcome

Welcome to the AT&T Policy Blog.  I’m excited to lay out what we hope to accomplish with the on-going dialogue you’ll find here in the days and months ahead. I’ve been in Washington, DC for a long time (some might argue too long!), both in government and in the private sector.  Over the years, I’ve…

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