Fox, Cablevision and the Demise of the Terminating Monopoly

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Day three of “House” Held Hostage. While many (ok, just a few) folks are focused on the fate of “House,” the medical TV drama on Fox, we here in Tech/Telecom Policy Land are watching a sea change in what the Fox/Cablevision drama is telling us about the net neutrality debate. Earlier this year, we filed…

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Another Significant Step Forward for BITAG

Today, Dale Hatfield announced another significant milestone for the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG).  For the acronym junkies, you’ll want to know that after careful debate and deliberation, befitting a room of technical experts and engineers, the group agreed that the preferred pronunciation would be Bee Tag – perhaps a harbinger of the group’s…

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Let’s Play TAG

ICYMI, the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was announced this morning.  TAG is a group of leading broadband and high-tech companies, spearheaded by Professor Dale Hatfield, a former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chief Technologist and currently the Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center. What does TAG intend to do? This is from its news…

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Empowered Through Broadband

Authored by Jeff Brueggeman, Vice President-Public Policy for AT&T Earlier today, AT&T helped launch a new public/private partnership that is geared toward helping small businesses grow through access to broadband.  We’re investing billions of dollars to build advanced broadband networks for businesses and we are proud to be a founding partner of this dynamic group….

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Sisyphus, VoIP and the National Broadband Plan

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

One of the best things about the National Broadband Plan is that it recognizes that to achieve its goals for broadband, the FCC must finally deal with certain issues that have been on its plate for years, like reform of universal service and intercarrier compensation.  AT&T has been trying, with others, to roll those rocks…

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Cybersecurity and the National Broadband Plan

by Margaret Boles

Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

Authored By Jim Bugel, AT&T Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Homeland Security As we continue to sift through the details of the FCC’s 300-plus page National Broadband Plan, one clear theme that stands out is the Commission’s commitment to address cybersecurity.  As more and more consumers gain access to broadband and incorporate it in their…

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A Primer on Pumping

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I’ve long thought that I could write a book about various absurdities associated with intercarrier compensation. But, as my wife has pointed out to me (repeatedly), there are no more than a couple of dozen people who would be interested in reading such a book. Since they’re probably the same couple of dozen people who…

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In a Down Economy, Let’s Not Sneeze at $20 Billion in Investments

It’s always good to first talk about where you agree with someone before discussing the areas of disagreement. In that spirit we respond to the recent blog post by Susan Crawford. There is one point that we can agree — more spectrum is needed to avoid the looming crisis that the wireless broadband industry is…

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