Sleeping Beauty or Lost?

I have now been in the wireless industry for more than 20 years.  With the release of the FCC’s 14th Annual Wireless Competition Report, I’ve begun to wonder whether I have been sleeping the last couple of years or whether I am on the show Lost (maybe living in an alternative universe?).   For those who…

Read More Sleeping Beauty or Lost?

Adventures in Cryonics

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

When a Red Sox fan hears the words “separation” and “freeze” in close proximity, he or she might think of Ted Williams. Unless, of course, that Red Sox fan also happens to be a telecom policy wonk (like your humble blogger).  In which case, he or she might also think of “Part 36”  and the…

Read More Adventures in Cryonics

Dewey Defeats Truman

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Occasionally, a conclusion is reached that is so unhinged from the facts that it defies explanation.  So it is with the 14th Edition of the Mobile Wireless Competition Report released today by the FCC. Actually, it was not a conclusion in this case that baffles, but the lack of one.  After reviewing an extensive record…

Read More Dewey Defeats Truman

A Teachable Moment

by Michael Balmoris

Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

We hope everyone enjoyed our little contest and took it in the spirit it was offered – a playful reminder that the internet is more than an app or service or bits of content.  After years of debate over and discussion of the issue of “net neutrality,” we would hope that all sides recognize that…

Read More A Teachable Moment

Fantasy Baseball Prediction League

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Harold Feld has an interesting response to Bob Quinn’s recent Pickett’s Charge blog post. While Harold makes a number of points, I want to focus on one in particular. Under the heading of “Argument #2,” he raises questions about what other services might be pulled into the kind of classification analysis that his Fantasy Baseball…

Read More Fantasy Baseball Prediction League

They Do What? Where?

Authored by Andrea Brands, Director of Public Affairs for AT&T Recently I talked to students who took part in the national Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day about online safety and mentioned how many of their grandparents were likely online, perhaps emailing with friends, researching second careers or even looking for love through…

Read More They Do What? Where?

Pickett’s Charge Redux

I’ve had some time to step back a bit from last week’s FCC announcement,  in which the Chairman and General Counsel laid out a plan to go down the path of applying 75 year-old monopoly voice (Title II) regulation to the 21st century broadband Internet.  I have to admit that while some issues have crystallized,…

Read More Pickett’s Charge Redux

Announcing the Free Press Contest for Excellence in Nonsensical Abstractions

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

UPDATE: The contest has ended. To view the winning entry please check here. In 2006, then Senator Ted Stevens was pilloried for comparing the Internet to “a series of tubes.”  Today, a Free Press spokesman has done him one better. According to Free Press, “the ‘Internet’ is not the wires that deliver the content and applications,…

Read More Announcing the Free Press Contest for Excellence in Nonsensical Abstractions

AT&T Response to FCC Chairman’s ‘A Third Way’ Broadband Announcement

We are deeply disappointed that, in order to deal with an adverse court decision, the FCC chairman has decided to subject all broadband facilities, including Internet backbones, to common carriage regulation under Title II.  We believe this is without legal basis.  Make no mistake—when it regulates the networks that comprise the Internet, the FCC is…

Read More AT&T Response to FCC Chairman’s ‘A Third Way’ Broadband Announcement

The ‘Satanic Flashbulbs’ of Net Neutrality

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In 1925, a young Californian claimed to have been told by the angel Gabriel that the world would end at midnight on February 13th. A number of people believed this prophecy including a Long Island housepainter named Robert Reidt who assembled a hillside gathering of believers to meet their fate. When midnight came and went…

Read More The ‘Satanic Flashbulbs’ of Net Neutrality