National Data Privacy Day

By Ellen Blackler, AT&T Executive Director – Public Policy Today is National Data Privacy Day, a worldwide effort to raise awareness, improve transparency and generate dialogue surrounding data privacy issues impacting individuals, companies and governments. Obviously, this is a good time to review the state of data privacy in the online world and AT&T’s ongoing…

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Hey…Sports Fans, FCC Tells Cable Companies to Play Fair!

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave sports fans a reason to tailgate today by adopting rules to bring sports programming to more video providers.  Ultimately, this means consumers will have more choices in how and from who they receive programming they want. While we still have to review the full details of the FCC’s ruling, the positive…

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U-Verse TV, Video Game Consoles and Broadband Deployment

by Chris Boyer

Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy

I attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and while there’s been a lot of buzz about AT&T’s announcing its support of Android phones and about the usual new CE devices like tablet PCs, netbooks, e-readers and 3D TVs that were on display, I want to highlight an underappreciated announcement that has public policy…

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Why Does Free Press Want to Dumb Down the Internet?

Today, we sent a letter to the FCC in response to Free Press’ submission objecting to Senator Olympia Snowe’s sensible proposal for a way forward on the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving the Open Internet.  Rather than an overbroad blanket of Commission action, Snowe’s framework focuses on unjust or unreasonable discrimination that causes…

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DTV Deadline for POTS-Part 2

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As reported in my last blog, we recently filed comments in response to an FCC public notice on the transition from legacy networks and services to broadband. At the time, I had no idea how much interest this proceeding, and our filing, would generate. I came back from the holidays to find dozens of blog…

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In a Down Economy, Let’s Not Sneeze at $20 Billion in Investments

It’s always good to first talk about where you agree with someone before discussing the areas of disagreement. In that spirit we respond to the recent blog post by Susan Crawford. There is one point that we can agree — more spectrum is needed to avoid the looming crisis that the wireless broadband industry is…

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DTV Deadline for POTS

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Yesterday, we filed comments on the 25th public notice released by the FCC on the national broadband plan. (Not including the original notice of inquiry.)  At this point, we’re all suffering from a bit of comment fatigue, and I’m sure that includes the people at the FCC who are writing the plan. But this particular public notice…

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FCC Proposes to Transition the Universal Service Fund

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The Washington Post reports today that the FCC has proposed transitioning the Universal Service Fund, which currently supports the phone network, into a 21st-century fund that supports broadband. We think this is a great idea – in fact, 20 months ago today we filed a proposal at the FCC recommending just such a transition: In…

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