AT&T Applauds the Selection of Congressman Walden to Chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 2, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Yesterday, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) was selected to chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:

“AT&T applauds the selection of Congressman Walden to Chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee.  He has played a critical role in shaping our nation’s telecom and technology polices to the tremendous benefit of consumers and the economy. We look forward to continuing to work with him and the full Committee on legislation that encourages investment and enables our industry to be a global leader in bringing new and innovative technologies to market.”

 

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TOPICS: Broadband, Congress
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A Personal Note

Posted by: Joan Marsh on October 3, 2016 at 1:39 pm

This week, I am privileged to take over leadership of AT&T’s Federal Regulatory team in AT&T’s DC office. I take the reins from my mentor, boss and friend, Bob Quinn, as he rises to succeed Jim Cicconi, who leaves us for the next chapter of his life and a richly-deserved retirement.

This opportunity comes to me at an important inflection point for our company, our industry and our country. We are on the precipice of a Presidential election that will, in all events, herald change during a time when communications companies are increasingly scrutinized through the lens of a dated regulatory code that is more and more untethered from the realities of today’s modern networks. We have moved well beyond trying to fit a square regulatory peg into a round regulatory hole to fundamental questions about whether pegs and holes are an adequate regulatory framework at all.

While I don’t know what issues will dominate the regulatory stage next year, I plan to proceed in my new role consistent with the high standards established by Jim and Bob – to engage in honest and fact-based debate, to listen in good faith to opposing viewpoints and to seek consensus wherever it can be found. Indeed, my many years of experience in DC teaches that the best solutions are often found not in the throes of a regulatory battle, but instead through collaboration and reasoned discussions with those most impacted by regulatory shifts. It was through collaboration that we unlocked the value of the WCS band that had been mired for a decade in regulatory limbo, that we found a workable and effective framework for improving wireless 911 location accuracy and that we resolved long-standing disputes around interoperability.

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Decision to Delay Vote on Set-Top Box Proposal

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 29, 2016 at 12:06 pm

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“In light of the limited information that has been publicly disclosed, AT&T supports the call for additional review and public comment on the FCC’s modified set-top box proposal. We have always said that this complicated technology mandate is unnecessary given the rapidly expanding applications-based marketplace.  No FCC proceeding in recent years has drawn more unified opposition and bipartisan expressions of concern. Important questions remain about the scope of the FCC’s authority as well as the complex framework proposed in this item, and about the significant impact it could have on existing statutory privacy, copyright and licensing protections.  These concerns all suggest that this proposal needs to be brought from the back rooms of the FCC into the sunlight to ensure that consumers continue to receive the innovative video products the marketplace has already been delivering.”

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

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on August 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:

“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 said is necessary – the FCC nonetheless went forward.  Tellingly, the Justice Department declined to defend the FCC’s actions in court.

“Now that the 6th Circuit has declared the FCC’s actions invalid, the agency should avoid creating further uncertainty in this area. We hope the FCC will instead refocus on its own conclusions and recommendations as laid out in its excellent National Broadband Plan.  If it does, the FCC will find a ready partner in America’s broadband industry.”

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AT&T Welcomes ITC Report on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on May 19, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Yesterday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), an independent agency, released its report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:

“We are encouraged by the ITC’s report, which finds that the TPP would help develop cross-border trade in services and would benefit the U.S. economy.

“AT&T supports Congressional approval of TPP. Trade agreements allow countries to compete on a level-playing field by opening up markets and raising global standards. Once adopted, TPP will help establish 21st Century rules for all sectors of the economy, including the digital economy, and will promote U.S. economic growth, job creation and investment.”

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