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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The FCC: Having Its Forbearance Cake and Eating It Too

Authored by Paul Mancini, AT&T Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel Over the last month, various members of the FCC and others have publicly promoted the agency’s proposal to change the classification of broadband Internet access service.  In a nutshell, the FCC wants to take broadband Internet access service out of the competitive-oriented Title…

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Right Brain vs. Left Brain

by Rich Clarke

Assistant Vice President of Public Policy

The FCC’s annual report on competition in mobile wireless is 308 pages chock-a-block with detailed information and analysis about developments in this quickly-evolving business.  We read how customers are continuing to flock to mobile services – especially broadband data.  We are informed that TracFone, a subsidiary of global giant América Móvil, has become the fifth-largest…

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Let’s Play TAG

ICYMI, the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was announced this morning.  TAG is a group of leading broadband and high-tech companies, spearheaded by Professor Dale Hatfield, a former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chief Technologist and currently the Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center. What does TAG intend to do? This is from its news…

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The Fallacy of the 1 GHz Line

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

One of the many things that caught my eye in the FCC’s most recent Wireless Competition Report is a detailed analysis of carrier spectrum holdings.  Not surprising – spectrum has been called the lifeblood of the industry. In the report, the Commission takes an in-depth look at who holds what and where. But they draw…

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