Why We’re Joining the ‘Day of Action’ in Support of an Open Internet

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Tomorrow, AT&T will join the “Day of Action” for preserving and advancing an open internet. This may seem like an anomaly to many people who might question why AT&T is joining with those who have differing viewpoints on how to ensure an open and free internet. But that’s exactly the point – we all agree… Read more »

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Reversing Obama’s FCC Regulations: A Path to Consumer-Friendly Privacy Protections

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Given the Beltway reaction to the commendable work by Congress to reverse the FCC’s off-course privacy rules, it’s worth taking a step back to see what’s really going on.  First and foremost, all of the rhetoric that asserts – without any factual support – that the CRA vote suddenly eliminated consumer privacy protections is just plain wrong.… Read more »

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Delivering on the Trump Regulatory Reform Agenda

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

The Trump Administration took office earlier this year with a clear message: the path forward for economic growth in the United States lies in significant tax and regulatory reforms. While tax reform lies solely in the hands of Congress, the hard work of regulatory reform will need to be undertaken by the resident experts in… Read more »

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FCC’s Set-Top Box Proposal Still Plagued by Copyright and Privacy Concerns

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

The FCC’s latest set-top box proposal has recognized what we have been saying all along – apps are the future and, in fact, the here and now. Apps are how consumers watch television today and how Hulu, Amazon and Netflix have created their businesses. Apps allow innovation to flourish, while protecting privacy, security and copyright.… Read more »

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Answering the Call on Robocalling

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Last week, AT&T’s Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, received a letter from Chairman Wheeler addressing the robocalls that continue to plague our industry and our customers.  AT&T agrees that decisive action is needed. Indeed, AT&T has separately called for the development of comprehensive and industry-wide solutions to address these unwanted, illegal and often fraudulent calls.… Read more »

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Robocalls: A Problem We All Need To Solve

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

You’re trying to sit down to dinner, but the phone won’t stop ringing. And it’s not friends, family or the office. It’s another unwanted recorded call pitching you a product you don’t want. Or, worse, attempting to scam you with, say, a phony tax bill. The same technology that allows you to stay connected with… Read more »

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The Privacy Misdirection

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Today, we will file our official comments in the Commission’s privacy proceeding. The fundamental message will be that the FCC should follow the FTC’s lead and adopt a notice and consent framework for privacy that is entirely consistent with the FTC framework that has governed since the inception of the Internet.  That is contrary to… Read more »

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Regulation over Innovation…Again?

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Yesterday, 60 members of Congress joined an already significant chorus of bipartisan Congressional voices questioning the impact that Google’s set-top box proposal will have on consumers and the broader video marketplace.  This time the focus was on the negative impact the Google proposal would have on the ability of smaller/rural video providers to continue innovating… Read more »

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Privacy Regulation: Symmetry or Asymmetry?

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Last week, the five associations representing virtually all wireline and (non-WISP) mobile ISPs submitted a joint proposal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on how to address the implications of applying Section 222 to broadband Internet access in the wake of the FCC’s ill-advised 2015 Title II Order.  As the filing explains, ISPs do not… Read more »

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What the Data Shows: Special Access is Not Very Special Any More

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

On Friday, Mother Nature willing, we will file our first set of comments analyzing the data submitted in the special access proceeding.  As a refresher course for the uninitiated, the special access services at issue here are not very special at all.  They are services sold mainly to businesses which provide pretty low speed data… Read more »

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