Should Cisco Be Censured for its CRS-3 Innovation?

by Rich Clarke

Assistant Vice President of Public Policy

The last several years must have been very frustrating for the technology policy counselors at groups like the New America Foundation.  One of the main theses animating their continued recommendations for greater government regulation of the Internet is that the privately-owned IP networks that constitute the Internet will choose to starve it of transmission capacity…

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“Never Waste a Good Crisis”

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” famous words from Rahm Emanuel early in the Obama Administration. Emanuel’s point was that a crisis is an opportunity to do things you thought you couldn’t do before and, at a recent education summit, Maine Governor John Baldacci quoted Emanuel in reference to our educational…

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Who is Going Mobile…

by Chris Boyer

Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy

A couple of weeks ago, AT&T had the privilege of hosting U.S. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, her staff and several other technology companies as part of the European American Business Council’s (EABC) Silicon Valley Forum.  At the gathering, we discussed how technology, and specifically mobile services, could be used to empower women and girls worldwide. A…

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Broadband and People with Disabilities

By Susan Mazrui, AT&T Director of Public Policy Today, the Silicon Flatirons Center, in conjunction with the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, and the Federal Communications Commission hosted a conference on “The National Broadband Plan and Accessibility for People with Disabilities.”  It brought together all parties concerned –…

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A Primer on Pumping

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I’ve long thought that I could write a book about various absurdities associated with intercarrier compensation. But, as my wife has pointed out to me (repeatedly), there are no more than a couple of dozen people who would be interested in reading such a book. Since they’re probably the same couple of dozen people who…

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15 Days…

The FCC’s National Broadband Plan is due to Congress in 15 days. FCC watchers have already begun reading the tea leaves, deciphering the policy gestures, and peddling narratives of industry winners and losers.  Before we do the same, let’s first review how we got here. When Congress passed “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of…

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A Small Bit on Broadband

There was a lot of activity this week surrounding the FCC’s broadband plan.  FCC Chairman Genachowski has been very busy, but he found time last night to accept the prestigious Newt Minow Award at the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center must have been hopping last night as there was also a ballet performance of The…

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Should You Be Concerned if Your Child’s New BFF Asks Her to TDTM and GNOC to eventually MIRL?

If you’re not sure about what I just wrote, you’re not alone.  According to Donna Rice Hughes, President of online safety organization Enough is Enough, too many parents don’t know either.   That’s why she developed the Internet Safety 101SM program for parents and educators, which was officially released last week at a national press conference…

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When you can’t spot the product, then you ARE the product

By Ellen Blackler, AT&T Executive Director – Public Policy If the customer is always right, it matters a lot if you are the customer or the product. I have been shaking my head over Google’s introduction of BUZZ wondering how they could have misread the privacy interests so badly. What were they thinking?  Surely any…

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