AT&T Statement on Proposed FCC Rules to Preserve an Open Internet

Background – The FCC has announced that it will address proposed rules to preserve the open Internet at its December 21st Open Meeting. The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “The prospect of net neutrality regulation has lingered as a very real threat to industry investment and jobs for several years.  Obviously, AT&T’s…

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Unsafe at Any Rate

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In recent blogs I have explored: (a) the FCC’s absurd practice of regulating the structure of long distance pricing even as long distance is rapidly vanishing as a distinct consumer service; and (b) the foolishness of extending obsolete interconnection rules to IP networks. Today, I will try to tie these seemingly distinct modes of transportation…

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Miracle on Special Access Street

If you’ve spent any amount of time in Washington, D.C. telecom circles you no doubt have heard AT&T shout from the roof tops that the marketplace for special access services is very competitive.  But the NoChokePoints coalition has sought to discredit these claims by characterizing them like Kris Kringle’s in the holiday movie favorite Miracle on…

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The Women of the FCC

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Last Thursday, I had the privilege of attending the Alliance for Women in Media event, “Honoring the Women of the FCC:  Past and Present.”  AT&T was the premier sponsor of the program which included a moderated discussion between former and current FCC Commissioners Mimi Dawson, Susan Ness, Deborah Taylor Tate, Gloria Tristani and Meredith Atwell Baker. …

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Shedding Light on a Few Things

A little over a year ago, AT&T’s unwieldy privacy policy, which actually numbered 17 different policies, and came in at 37,000-plus words, was shrunk to one policy, at a more svelte 8,000’ish words. I tell you this because, as some of you know, the duties of chief privacy officer were added to my day job…

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Helping Families Stay Safe Online

Last week, we launched our new Smart Controls website in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Conference.   While my colleague highlighted all the great tools the new site has in place to help consumers manage their bills, I want to follow-up by pointing out its broader significance for parents and families….

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Virtue Lies in the Middle Ground

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

This week, Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, gave a much anticipated speech before the European Summit on the Open Internet and Net Neutrality.  Taking stock of the debate thus far, Vice President Kroes outlined the important pillars of her policy judgment on net neutrality. She stressed the importance of avoiding regulation…

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Reinventing the Edsel

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Among its many recommendations, the National Broadband Plan recommended that the FCC “encourage transitions to IP-to-IP interconnection where that is the most efficient approach.” Last week, COMPTEL advised the FCC that the way to achieve this objective is to apply the same rules to IP-to-IP interconnection as apply to interconnection on the public telephone network,…

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Knowledge is Power

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

At AT&T, we believe control of wireless products and services should be in the hands of our customers.  We believe that customers should understand what fees they will incur when they use their devices.  And we believe we need to provide our customers with the tools they need to understand their usage and manage their…

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