BDS Reform: Winners and Losers

by Joan Marsh

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Yesterday, Chairman Walden cautioned the FCC that instituting new regulations at this time is unnecessary, unwanted and unfair.  Yet next week, the FCC plans to vote on the sweeping nationwide re-regulation of TDM-based transport and access services.  The FCC’s proposal, as outlined in the Business Data Services (BDS) Fact Sheet released some weeks ago, picks…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Special Access/BDS Proposal

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs: “This proposal is little more than a wealth transfer to companies that have chosen not to invest in last mile fiber infrastructure. It will result in less fiber investment and contribute to mounting job losses at a…

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The Next Logical Step in Intercarrier Comp Reform

By Matt Nodine, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory Turning around an aircraft carrier, if done correctly, takes lead time, requires great care and precision, and depends on a large crew with a variety of skills, all working together in harmony for a common cause. Intercarrier compensation reform (ICC) is one such ship. Wisely,…

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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

Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory

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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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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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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Wireline Bureau BDS Document Dump

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “For months, the FCC has been pushing aside the APA and due process in this proceeding. This is especially troubling when the policies the agency seems to be pursuing will have such a devastating impact on the incentives of all…

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Special Access Doublespeak

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I’m often struck by the doublespeak that takes place in DC and, particularly, at the FCC when companies come to the agency to argue that the Commission should regulate their competitors. The Special Access proceeding at the Commission is one of those special dockets that is a real breeding ground for what I like to…

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Business Data Services: New Name, Same Old Problem

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Tomorrow, the FCC will release a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the aim of resetting the conversation on “business data services” (BDS), the Commission’s new name for the decade-old proceeding on special access services. Despite the new moniker, we fear that this proceeding will just be more of the same – a proposal to…

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