A Personal Note

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

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…

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

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “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…

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

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…

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

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “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…

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AT&T Applauds Completion of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “We commend President Obama, Ambassador Mike Froman and the Staff of the Office of the United States Trade Representative on concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations and look forward to reviewing the agreement and working with Congress to ratify as soon as possible. “AT&T fully…

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AT&T Statement on Progress of Trans Pacific Partnership

The following statement may be attributed to Len Cali, AT&T Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy: “We commend Ambassador Mike Froman and the Office of the United States Trade Representative on the progress made on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and urge the negotiators to finalize a high standard agreement as soon as…

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Thoughts on Today’s Vote

Perhaps I’m betraying my years, but in Washington policy circles there has always been tension between those interested in solving problems and those who see policy disputes as a test of ideology.  I’d readily admit falling into the former camp, and have the policy scars to prove it.  To be sure, one must have principles…

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AT&T Statement re: President Obama’s Plan for the Government to Regulate the Internet

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “Today’s announcement by the White House, if acted upon by the FCC, would be a mistake that will do tremendous harm to the Internet and to U.S. national interests.  It is a complete reversal of a bipartisan policy that has been in place since the Clinton…

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A Most Unusual Deal

While the comment period on our merger with DIRECTV won’t close until November 5th, the recent round of filings allows us to take stock of where this deal stands in terms of both support and opposition.  And I’d have to say that, so far, we’re very encouraged. As my fellow telecom policy nerds know, the…

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AT&T Statement on the White House Initiative BuySecure

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “AT&T applauds the White House for the steps it is taking, and its efforts to highlight the actions companies have taken, to protect consumer identification when they make retail purchases. AT&T values and respects the privacy of our customers and, to that end, employs a holistic…

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