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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Delivering on the Broadband Promise to All Americans

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

If last week’s House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on broadband infrastructure is any measure, there appears to be growing consensus that any new infrastructure bill should include dollars for broadband – arguably the most essential infrastructure for American progress and productivity. As Chairman Blackburn observed, “we are all tired of hearing stories about parents…

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AT&T Statement on Chairman Pai’s Renomination to FCC

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “President Trump’s decision to renominate Chairman Pai to the FCC is a recognition of the tremendous value he brings to the agency. In just a few short weeks, Chairman Pai has demonstrated his commitment to making…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Order Eliminating Outdated Accounting Rules

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Despite dramatic upheavals in the telecom industry over the course of the last few decades, outdated accounting rules remained in place for price cap carriers until today.  At today’s meeting, the Pai Commission adopted an Order eliminating these costly and…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Action on Mobility Fund II and CAF II Auctions

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “While many of us take broadband services for granted, many Americans living in rural communities remain unconnected.  Low population density, topographical barriers, and significant geographical distances make it economically unviable to deploy broadband in many rural areas. Today, the FCC,…

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Walking in L.A.

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

When I was a student at UCLA, my car (that was uninsured for theft) was stolen. I suddenly found myself without basic transportation in Los Angeles. The logistics of getting to school and work became quite challenging, forget about attempting a doctor’s appointment or a social event. I became a slave to bus schedules and…

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FCC Reform: Let’s Start With the Enforcement Bureau

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

FCC reform is a topic of much discussion these days.  Indeed, Chairman Pai has already initiated some important process reforms and we anticipate that more are coming.  Clearer and more transparent processes will lead to better regulatory results. We have also been contemplating reform and will, from time to time, be posting our ideas for regulatory…

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