AT&T Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Net Neutrality Proposal

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “We continue to believe that a middle ground exists that will allow us to safeguard the open Internet without risk to needed investment and years of legal uncertainty. We were able to find such a path in 2010, and will do our very best to seek…

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Title II Closing Arguments

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Today, AT&T made a couple of filings at the FCC regarding its authority to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers. Given that this decision seems driven by political considerations, I hold out little hope that the FCC will alter its course, but the letters nonetheless try to set out what we see as…

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AT&T Statement on New Connect America Fund Rules

The following statement may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “In 2011, the FCC began comprehensive reform of its universal service programs to transition them from voice services to broadband. Today’s action is a significant milestone on this ambitious agenda. CAF II will target universal service subsidies to places where there is not an adequate…

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If T-Mobile has a Beef, It Should File a Complaint

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

A few weeks ago, a group of advocates calling themselves “T-Mobile Petition Supporters” filed an ex parte purporting to show that the Commission should grant T-Mobile’s data roaming petition.  T-Mobile itself then weighed in with yet another letter in the record.  Neither filing offers anything new of substance, much less provides any basis to grant T-Mobile’s…

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Welcome to the World Of Title II Regulation

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Occasionally a proponent of Title II regulation of Internet access will ask, in effect, what’s so bad about Title II? What follows is a cautionary tale about the absence of regulatory certainty in the world of Title II regulation; a world into which so many net neutrality proponents want to throw the Internet.  I think…

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AT&T on Industry ‘911’ Location Accuracy Consensus Plan

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T is proud to be part of the ‘911’ Consensus Plan filed today.  We have long relied on expertise from APCO and NENA to lead the way on 911 issues, and believe the robust framework filed today will respond to…

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AT&T Commends FCC’s Changes to 800 MHz Licensing, PSD Rules

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “We commend the FCC for modernizing and streamlining the cellular licensing rules by transitioning from site-by-site to geographic area licensing. The site-by-site cellular licensing regime was put in place more than 30 years ago. By its actions yesterday, the FCC…

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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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Investing in Regulation Rather than Networks

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In the last couple weeks, in a series of meetings with the FCC, T-Mobile continued its on-going campaign for rate regulation of roaming services.  T-Mobile frames its argument as a request for clarification. But make no mistake – T-Mobile is not seeking a clarification of the Commission’s 2011 Data Roaming Rules.  It is instead seeking…

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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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