When the Earth, Sun and Moon Align: Are we Witnessing Momentum for Legislation?

by Tim McKone

Executive Vice President of Federal Relations

This morning, Chairman Walden announced his intent for his Committee to hold a hearing on net neutrality in September, inviting companies from across the internet ecosystem to help craft a sustainable legislative solution.  Chairman Walden observed rightly that almost everyone is in agreement about fundamental open internet principles to prevent anti-competitive behavior such as throttling… Read more »

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Remarks by Joan Marsh at the MMTC 15th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference

The following are remarks by Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory, as prepared for delivery at the MMTC 15th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2017: We live in an age of innovation and disruption. In these interesting times, I think it’s important to be… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Supporting an Open Internet

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “Today, AT&T filed comments in support of the FCC’s proposal to return to a nearly two decades-old bipartisan commitment to a light-handed approach to internet services – a commitment the FCC abandoned for no good reason in 2015.  Throughout this period, AT&T has supported an open… Read more »

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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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Does Lifeline Need a Life Boat?

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week, the GAO issued a report on its investigation into the FCC’s Lifeline program, a program designed to deliver essential communications services to low income families but one that has grown at an alarming rate.  The report’s findings are both expected and surprising – expected in that the report highlights areas of weakness in… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Brendan Carr to Federal Communications Commission

The following may be attributed to Robert Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “President Trump’s nomination of Brendan Carr comes at a critical point as our nation embarks on transitioning to the next generation wireless communications infrastructure. His commitment to public service and wide range of expertise, especially in the… Read more »

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There Are Still Payphones?

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The first payphone was installed in New Haven, Conn. in June 1880 with payphone usage peaking in 2000 when there were more than two million payphones in service. By 2009, AT&T had exited the payphone business and, by the end of last year, it was estimated that less than 100,000 payphones remained in service in… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FirstNet and Alternative State Deployment Plans

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T commends the FCC for moving quickly to adopt a FirstNet order, which paves the way for meaningful and in-depth Commission review of any alternative state deployment plans.  It is critical to our nation’s first responders that states that propose… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Nomination of Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Commissioner

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T is pleased that President Trump took action to ensure that the FCC will once again benefit from Jessica Rosenworcel’s considerable intellect. Her service as Commission Staff, Congressional Staff and FCC Commissioner provides a depth of experience… Read more »

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The Surprising (to me) Narrowness of the D.C. Circuit’s Title II Decision

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I have to confess that, at the time the D.C. Circuit upheld the FCC’s 2015 Title II order, I did not focus on the court’s analysis of the First Amendment claims raised by other parties. Only after reading the concurrence in the recent court decision declining to rehear the appeal, did I understand the panel… Read more »

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