Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion on the Comcast v. FCC case. The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:
“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 been changed by today’s action by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. AT&T supports an open Internet. That is what our customers count on us to deliver, and we will not disappoint them.
Moreover, the FCC’s Open Internet Principles work. In the nearly five years since these Principles were put in place, the FCC has encountered only one serious complaint, and even in that case, which was before the court today, the company took steps to address the complaint long before the FCC ruled.
No serious voice has suggested that any abuses are occurring today, nor is there any current conduct that has been argued to violate the Principles. This is because the FCC’s Principles have set forth a standard of conduct that all companies strive to meet.
If, after assessing its options under Title I, the FCC feels it needs to clarify its jurisdiction as a result of today’s decision, we hope the issue would be referred to the U.S. Congress which alone confers the Commission’s legal authority. In any circumstance, AT&T pledges to work constructively with the FCC as it considers these questions.”