This Ain’t No Buzz Kill

The recent focus on the privacy policies of social networks reminded me of the changes to our Privacy Policies made last summer. When we launched our revamped Privacy Policy last August – we collapsed 17 different Policies into one, plain-language, easy-to-understand set of privacy commitments (take a look at it and tell us what you think).  …

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Facts Are Indeed Stubborn Things

Today, like many others, we’ll file our reply comments in the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding.  While some are suggesting this deadline may be anticlimactic given the DC Circuit’s recent decision, I think it’s important—though perhaps for a different reason than most.  Here’s why. Those who argue the need for significant government regulation always bear a…

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FCC’s About Face on Roaming

AT&T has been a big supporter of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.  That Plan recognized and highlighted the need for significant reforms in areas like universal service, intercarrrier compensation, a renewed vigor and focus on adoption, and the identification of spectrum to fuel the public’s insatiable demand for wireless broadband. The Plan also recognized that…

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A Balanced Framework for the Internet

The audience sitting in front of Neelie Kroes at ARCEP’s conference on net neutrality last week was largely European Internet and telecom executives and their regulators, but perhaps the more appropriate audience is located some 4000 miles to the west. Drawing on her deep experience as former EU Commissioner for Competition, the current Vice President of…

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Reclassification Redux

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I had the pleasure yesterday of engaging in the blogosphere’s version of a friendly local pub discussion over pints with the estimable Harold Feld of Public Knowledge. As is often the case when I read Harold, I learned a few things, the most interesting of which is that we appear to agree on an important…

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Public Safety and the Country’s Broadband Agenda

Authored By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Homeland Security On Tuesday, I spent the morning at the Federal Communications Commission, participating in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau’s workshop on critical infrastructure.  It was the second formal discussion on public safety issues the Bureau has organized since the FCC delivered…

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The Myth of Broadband “Reclassification”

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate the FCC’s Comcast-BitTorrent order has a lot of people chattering, including a University of Michigan Law School professor, about how the FCC should “reclassify” broadband as a “Title II” service.  The belief is that such a move is necessary to either (a) extract the FCC from an “existential crisis,” or…

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Empowered Through Broadband

Authored by Jeff Brueggeman, Vice President-Public Policy for AT&T Earlier today, AT&T helped launch a new public/private partnership that is geared toward helping small businesses grow through access to broadband.  We’re investing billions of dollars to build advanced broadband networks for businesses and we are proud to be a founding partner of this dynamic group….

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AT&T on Comcast v. FCC Decision

by Margaret Boles

Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion on the Comcast v. FCC case. The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “AT&T made a commitment to abide by the FCC’s Open Internet Principles when they were first formulated in 2005, and we will continue to do so. Those facts have not…

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Moving Forward On Intellectual Property Protection

Earlier this week, we filed comments in response to the Federal Government’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) call for public comments on the proposed Joint Strategic Plan. What is IPEC? The IPEC is a relatively newly-created White House position charged with formulating a new 21st Century Intellectual Property enforcement structure. One of the issues raised…

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