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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Boxes Tumbling Down

Yesterday, in a speech to the New Democrat Network, my friend Tom Tauke added some fuel to a simmering debate. I’m glad he did. Ever since the January oral argument in the Comcast-BitTorrent case, there’s been speculation about the FCC’s authority over broadband Internet services.  And as Tom reminds us, this question is linked to…

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Jim Cicconi’s Opening Remarks from “National Broadband Plan: The Early Reaction” at The Press Club

The Technology Policy Institute and the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy hosted a discussion today on the FCC’s newly announced National Broadband Plan. Panel discussions focused on the plan’s impact on investment and broadband penetration. AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President, Jim Cicconi participated in a panel titled “Increasing Incentives to Innovate and Invest.”…

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“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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