Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli famously said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Statistics are particularly concerning when they’re taken out of context or used to prop up policies which the body of the larger economic analysis would not support. When it comes to the Commission’s analysis of…

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Broadband Investment: Not for the Faint of Heart

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

July 2007: In exchange for FCC action on its demand for four specific “open access” conditions on the 700 MHz Upper C Block, Google commits to bidding $4.6B in the 700 MHz auction. January 2008: When the auction closes, it becomes clear that wireless companies – not Google – shouldered the multi-billion dollar cost of…

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AT&T Statement on Court Decision Overturning FCC on Muni Broadband

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “This case was never about the best way to get broadband into rural communities. It was about whether the FCC had legal authority to preempt state law.  Despite clear Supreme Court precedent, and without explicit preemption authority in the statute – which the Supreme Court has…

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The BDS Facts Speak for Themselves

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”  The FCC has spent the last year analyzing the data submitted in the Business Data Services proceeding to understand what is driving the BDS marketplace.  It has committed to a “data-driven” rulemaking process in its analysis…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s 5G Spectrum Frontiers Report and Order

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Today, the FCC made a big down payment on the next generation of wireless innovation in the United States.  5G technologies, which will offer very low latency and gigabit speeds, will fuel a new era of investment in advanced wireless…

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Verizon Yesterday versus Today: New Wires, Old Rules?

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As comments in the special access proceeding (oops, I mean Business Data Services proceeding) roll in, I thought I would put together a few sentences which accurately capture AT&T’s views on this proceeding: “[T]here is no basis on which to increase regulation of ILEC business broadband services, including legacy special access and Ethernet.  [T]here is…

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The Privacy Misdirection

Today, we will file our official comments in the Commission’s privacy proceeding. The fundamental message will be that the FCC should follow the FTC’s lead and adopt a notice and consent framework for privacy that is entirely consistent with the FTC framework that has governed since the inception of the Internet.  That is contrary to…

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A Step toward an Effective Spectrum Sharing Framework

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

There has been a lot of talk lately about spectrum sharing – Spectrum Access Systems, Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage, Environmental Sensing Capability, Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications, to name just a few of the discussed approaches. The purveyors of these techniques believe that their technology will change the way spectrum is shared and will…

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