My New Phone Just Arrived…By Boat?

Authored by Joseph Marx, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory The U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this year proposed a new set of rules toughening the air shipping requirements on lithium ion batteries and devices containing these batteries.  The rationale behind this proposal focuses on a concern that these batteries could overheat or catch fire….

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The Danger of Dogma

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

One of the central dogmas of the Church of Extreme Net Neutrality (CoENN) is that quality of service on the Internet, or using the preferred nomenclature of the CoENN, “paid prioritization,” is the equivalent of a deadly sin. The CoENN creed against quality of service states that paid prioritization of Internet traffic: (1) has never been…

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Gateway to the Future of Video

by Chris Boyer

Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy

Earlier this year, I wrote about AT&T’s plans to enable AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to use their Xbox 360 (and, potentially further down the road, Windows 7 PCs) as a U-verse set-top box (STB).  I also talked about how those plans had the potential to be responsive to FCC Chairman Genachowski’s call for more innovation…

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Playing the Role of Matchmaker

Authored by Marianne Strobel, AT&T Executive Director of Supplier Diversity At AT&T, we are proud to have achieved some of the highest supplier diversity spending results in the country.  In 2009 alone, we spent $6.9 billion dollars, or 14.2 percent of our total procurement, with diversity suppliers.  This spending supported 37,722 external diverse small business…

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A Few More Thoughts on Wireless

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

I got a lot of reaction to my original blog entitled Wireless is Different.  Some good, some critical, but all of it important to the debate.  I welcomed it all, especially the responses from those that disagreed, because it creates an opportunity for a better explanation, a more detailed understanding of what’s actually happening out…

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Wireless is Different

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

It’s now day four of the aftermath of the Verizon-Google net neutrality announcement and the number of voices weighing in on the matter continues to grow.  Monday’s news fanned what was already a passionate discussion.  And it also brought into focus a critical aspect of the net neutrality debate – the treatment of wireless networks…

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AT&T’s Hultquist on USF Reform

by Margaret Boles

Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

On Friday, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory Hank Hultquist sat down with Cecilia Kang of the Washington Post to discuss universal service.  Click here to watch the full interview on Cecilia’s blog, where she headlines his view that, as universal service transitions to broadband support, entities that benefit commercially from the broadband Internet should contribute…

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Commission (Almost) Bites Dog: Or the (not so) Hidden Meaning of the FCC’s Broadband Report

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

When I first heard that the FCC’s 6th 706 report would find, for the first time, that broadband in the U.S. was not being deployed in a reasonable and timely manner, I wondered, half in jest, whether the FCC would single itself out for blame as the culprit responsible for this unfortunate situation. To my…

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AT&T Statement on Next Generation Public Safety Device Act of 2010

Background – Congresswoman Jane Harman has introduced the ‘‘Next Generation Public Safety Device Act of 2010,’’ legislation that directs NTIA to conduct competitions and award grants for the development of next generation public safety devices. The following statement may be attributed to AT&T Executive Vice President-Federal Relations Tim McKone: “We applaud Congresswoman Harman for introducing…

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The U.S. Wireless Industry – It’s All About the Consumer

By Mike Bennett, AT&T Executive Director-Consumer & Government Affairs Did you know that during the last half of 2009, the wireless industry handled the equivalent of the entire catalog of books in the Library of Congress every single hour of every single day?  And that amount of traffic is projected to double each year through…

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