The War on Infrastructure Investment?

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

UPDATE: November 4, 2015 at 11: 55 – FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Special Counsel contacted us this morning to object to the use of the word “exhort” in characterizing the Light Reading article which described her remarks at the Incompas conference in San Francisco last month.  Out of respect to Ms. Sohn’s concerns, we removed the…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Tariff Investigation on Special Access

The following statement may be attributed to Frank Simone, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “According to Chairman Wheeler the need for FCC intervention decreases in a competitive marketplace. That’s why today’s designation order is so perplexing. Opening a tariff investigation on special access services is a step towards rate re-regulation in a space that…

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Competition, Competition, Competition

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

“Competition, competition, competition” has been FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s rallying cry. Under his watch, the Commission’s approach has been, “When competition is high, regulation can be low.” He has stressed that, “[i]f the facts and data determine that a market is competitive, the need for FCC intervention decreases. I have zero interest in imposing new…

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The British are Coming (and This Time They Want Pricing Regulation)

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

The Financial Times (FT) ran a story recently highlighting British Telecom’s efforts to get the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to re-establish stricter rate regulation over special access services sold to business customers.   The essence of BT’s position was that BT was paying more for special access service than anywhere else in the western world and getting…

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Time for Special Access

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Net neutrality clearly dominated the Congressional hearings last week.  But it wasn’t the only issue FCC Commissioners were asked about, and it’s also not the only issue that remains in limbo after nearly a decade.  Late last month marked the filing deadline for responses to the latest chapter in the FCC’s special access proceeding –…

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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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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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AT&T Statement on the Deployment Of Wireless Broadband Infrastructure

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: “The FCC order adopted today will expedite the deployment of new and modified wireless facilities, and it provides clarification of certain federal statutes that were enacted to streamline state and local review of wireless infrastructure…

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Accelerating Broadband, Part III

by Jeanine Poltronieri

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I was very encouraged last week after reading a blog by Roger Sherman, Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Bureau, on the Commission’s draft report and order to modernize and streamline the rules for cellular licenses in the 800 MHz band. During the year that the FCC set aside spectrum for the first cellular licenses, Ronald…

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