The FCC’s Hypothetical Supreme Court

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Justice Scalia’s dissents are often described as “witty,” “erudite,” and even “brilliant.” In fact, they are so good that they’ve been collected into a book that gets almost all 5-star reviews on Amazon. Dissenting opinions sometimes do become the basis for a change of direction by the Court, but I’m pretty sure that no Federal…

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Entering a New Phase Of Ridiculous

The other day FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn challenged participants in the debate over net neutrality and reclassification to cool down their rhetoric.  The same day, Free Press launched a website accusing telecom and cable companies of “corruption.”  This has followed weeks of screeching rhetoric accusing the FCC Chairman of essentially the same thing – simply…

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Whispering Voices In the Field of Dreams

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In the movie Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice tell him, “If you build it he will come.” What does this have to do with telecom policy you ask? Everything. Carriers build communications infrastructure in much the same way – without the whispering voices at night of course. Facilities-based providers are…

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Obama Administration’s Spectrum Policy

Today’s Presidential Memorandum on spectrum policy, and the public comments of the President’s top economic advisor, are both encouraging and timely. At AT&T, we are already dealing with phenomenal increases in mobile broadband use — a whopping 5,000 percent over the last three years. However, the potential of wireless broadband to drive innovation and connect…

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Hiding the Internet Ball

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

“To define is to limit.” Or so said Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray.   When it comes to regulating the Internet, however, the FCC is apparently unwilling to define its regulatory limits. In its “Third Way” NOI, the FCC did not define the Internet transmission service (what it dubs “Internet Connectivity Service”)…

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Investment: Compared to What?

by Jeanine Poltronieri

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In the FCC’s 14th Annual Wireless Competition Report, the Commission spends a lot of time discussing investment. It also delves into profits. Now, before your eyes glaze over, stick with me on this. I’ll try to be brief. The Commission analyzes capital investment and concludes that it is “robust” but “declining relative to industry size.”…

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AT&T Statement on FCC NOI

by Margaret Boles

Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today moved forward, in a 3-2 vote, to consider subjecting broadband Internet services to Title II phone regulations. The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “Today’s decision by the FCC is troubling and, in many respects, unsettling. It will create investment uncertainty at a time when certainty is…

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