AT&T Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Name Ajit Pai as New FCC Chairman

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on January 23, 2017 at 5:13 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs:

“Today, on his first official day in office, President Trump designated Ajit Pai as the new FCC Chairman. No one is more prepared to reframe the agency to address the needs of this rapidly changing marketplace. Chairman Pai will work with his fellow Commissioners to quickly and decisively put back in place the commonsense regulatory framework necessary to support the President’s agenda for job creation, innovation and investment.

“Congratulations to Chairman Pai.  We look forward to working with him and his team and the FCC to support President Trump’s growth agenda.”

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A Personal Note

Posted by: Joan Marsh on October 3, 2016 at 1:39 pm

This week, I am privileged to take over leadership of AT&T’s Federal Regulatory team in AT&T’s DC office. I take the reins from my mentor, boss and friend, Bob Quinn, as he rises to succeed Jim Cicconi, who leaves us for the next chapter of his life and a richly-deserved retirement.

This opportunity comes to me at an important inflection point for our company, our industry and our country. We are on the precipice of a Presidential election that will, in all events, herald change during a time when communications companies are increasingly scrutinized through the lens of a dated regulatory code that is more and more untethered from the realities of today’s modern networks. We have moved well beyond trying to fit a square regulatory peg into a round regulatory hole to fundamental questions about whether pegs and holes are an adequate regulatory framework at all.

While I don’t know what issues will dominate the regulatory stage next year, I plan to proceed in my new role consistent with the high standards established by Jim and Bob – to engage in honest and fact-based debate, to listen in good faith to opposing viewpoints and to seek consensus wherever it can be found. Indeed, my many years of experience in DC teaches that the best solutions are often found not in the throes of a regulatory battle, but instead through collaboration and reasoned discussions with those most impacted by regulatory shifts. It was through collaboration that we unlocked the value of the WCS band that had been mired for a decade in regulatory limbo, that we found a workable and effective framework for improving wireless 911 location accuracy and that we resolved long-standing disputes around interoperability.

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AT&T Response to White House
Action on FCC’s Set-Top Box Proposal

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on April 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:

“Independent regulatory agencies, by law, are supposed to make their decisions based on facts in the public record and not based on politics or pressure from the White House. Unfortunately, just as it did in the Title II proceeding, the White House is intervening in order to direct an outcome that favors one company viewed by many as its political ally.  In fact, it is already claiming political credit for the outcome it has directed.  This is troubling on so many levels, and is a blatant subordination of policy to politics.

“This action not only damages the only companies seriously investing to build broadband infrastructure for this country, it also does great harm to the confidence we should be able to have in the impartiality of the FCC’s proceedings.  It seems clear this intervention is aimed at muscling Democratic commissioners to support the Google proposal;  to do otherwise they would not only have to defy the FCC Chairman but now also the President.  This situation is not even remotely fair to the many legitimate factual concerns that have been raised about the Google proposal and its potential harm to consumers, to broadband investment in the United States, to copyright protection, and to the very existence of independent and minority-owned content.

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AT&T CEO on President Obama’s
New Cybersecurity Plan

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 9, 2016 at 11:24 am

The following statement may be attributed to Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO:

“We applaud the White House’s new national action plan to strengthen our country’s defenses against cybersecurity attacks that threaten our online privacy and our economy. The security of our digital economy and individual privacy requires end-to-end protection at every level and device connected to the Internet. We look forward to working with the Administration, Congress and others in the private sector to implement the most advanced cybersecurity protections and practices, and raise awareness of how individuals can best protect themselves online.”

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AT&T Statement on Release of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Text

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on November 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs:

TPP brings higher standards and protections to countries that represent nearly 40 percent of the global economy.  It will open markets and establish rules of the road for a 21st Century digital economy.  The e-Commerce commitments in TPP also provide a benchmark for reference in future trade agreements. We commend the Office of the United States Trade Representative for their tireless efforts, and hope Congress will work to ratify this agreement as soon as possible.”

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