Those Who Gave All

By Matt Nodine, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory (Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve) Honoring America’s fallen warriors has a rich and storied history. Originally created to remember those who died during the Civil War, we now pause nationwide at 3 p.m. on the last Monday of May each year for a…

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Returning to Sound Policy and Restoring Internet Freedom

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to begin the process of revisiting whether internet access services should be classified as “information services” or “telecommunications services” as defined by the Telecom Act.  From its inception, and throughout Republican and Democratic Administrations, internet access was treated as an information service.  It was this light touch approach…

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The Real Debate Over The Open Internet

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Yesterday, Chairman Pai announced that he would open a proceeding to revisit the question of whether Congress directed the FCC to regulate the internet using the regulatory framework adopted in 1934 for the monopoly-era telephone networks. To be clear, this proceeding is not about whether the open internet will continue to be protected and preserved….

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AT&T Supports Internet Openness

The following statement can be attributed to AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson: “AT&T continues to support the fundamental tenets of net neutrality. And we remain committed to open internet protections that are fair and equal for everyone. “The bipartisan, light-touch regulatory approach that Congress established at the internet’s inception brought American consumers unparalleled investment…

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New Coat of Paint

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Don’t worry – you’ve come to the right place. This is still the AT&T Public Policy Blog, a home for our thoughts on government policies and how they impact and shape the communications industry. We just decided we needed a new look. It’s been a little over seven years since we launched our blog. And…

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AT&T Statement on Removing Barriers to Wireless Infrastructure Deployment

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Today, the FCC takes bold steps toward speeding the deployment of small cell technologies, setting the stage for 5G innovation and deployment.  The notice of proposed rulemaking adopted today asks critical questions about how to remove excessive regulatory burdens when…

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Maximizing Investment (and Jobs) In Broadband Networks

By Dave Talbott, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory It was back in 2012 when AT&T first proposed to the FCC a path for consumers, businesses, government and telecom providers to transition from last century’s telephone services to this century’s broadband services relying on wireless and Internet Protocol (IP) technology.  As part of that discussion,…

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BDS Reform for 2017, Not 2005

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

2005 was an awfully long time ago, when the world looked a lot different than it does today.  Beyoncé hadn’t gone solo yet and was still topping the charts with Destiny’s Child – Lemonade wouldn’t be released for eleven more years.  The last reboot of the Star Wars franchise was still in theaters with Star…

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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 and 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….

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Delivering on the Trump Regulatory Reform Agenda

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External and 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…

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