Price Regulation in the Buggy Whip Market

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Throughout the course of this year’s debate over net neutrality and Title II classification, one thing the FCC consistently disavowed was retail price regulation of broadband. Indeed, price regulation should be the last thing a modern regulator would want to be associated with. It is rightly seen in most respectable regulatory establishments as a throwback…

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The Mobile Broadband Tsunami

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Although I don’t normally like to advertise for our competitors, I can’t help but draw attention to GigaOm’s recent mobile broadband buying guide, which does a great job of highlighting the robust competition in the mobile broadband space.  The guide seeks to navigate the vast array of choices available to consumers and notes that, with…

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When Apps Attack

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Anyone who believes that FCC-mandated net neutrality could or should be applied to wireless networks ought to read Mike Dano’s recent article at FierceWireless.  Dano’s focus is an FCC filing earlier this year by T-Mobile which described in detail the damage caused by a poorly designed instant messaging app that pinged the network with substantial frequency creating…

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STEM – A New Swear Word Or Key to Economic Renewal?

By Charlene Lake, AT&T SVP, Public Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer Here is one four letter word we want kids to embrace: STEM. At a time of great difficulty for our public education system, a diverse set of stakeholders including the government, educators, companies and nonprofits can agree that STEM —science, technology, engineering and math…

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AT&T Statement on the FCC’s Spectrum Plans

(BACKGROUND: Today, the FCC released a technical analysis of the benefits from the reallocation of additional spectrum to commercial mobile broadband use.  The FCC’s new analysis finds, using conservative projections and assumptions, that the spectrum deficit will approach 300 MHz by 2014, and that making additional spectrum available for mobile broadband use will add substantial…

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Fox, Cablevision and the Demise of the Terminating Monopoly

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Day three of “House” Held Hostage. While many (ok, just a few) folks are focused on the fate of “House,” the medical TV drama on Fox, we here in Tech/Telecom Policy Land are watching a sea change in what the Fox/Cablevision drama is telling us about the net neutrality debate. Earlier this year, we filed…

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The Dog That Didn’t Bark

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In Silver Blaze, one of the most popular Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes solves the mystery of the disappearance of a racehorse in part by divining the importance of something that others failed to notice – the silence of a dog. Holmes concluded that this “curious incident” (which was really a non-incident) could only mean that the…

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Harold Feld is Right (About Some Things)

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Kudos to Public Knowledge’s Harold Feld for sharpening his lawyer pencil and addressing some of the legal issues around the (apparently) fascinating issue of “paid prioritization.” In a recent blog post, Harold explained how, under Title II, the FCC might approach various business models that include payment for prioritization. Harold’s basic point was that the…

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Helping Consumers Stay Safe Online

by Chris Boyer

Vice President of Global Public Policy

For the past several months, I have represented AT&T on the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) — a public- private partnership focused on improving online safety awareness and education for consumers.  To kick off Cybersecurity Awareness month, the NCSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security co-hosted an event this past Monday in Seattle,…

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