A 21st Century Safety Net

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

Tomorrow, the Senate Commerce Committee will convene a hearing on the future of the FCC’s Lifeline program.  Given the recent GAO report on the program and the FCC report on the broadband Lifeline trial, some folks might argue that Lifeline is irreversibly broken and incapable of accomplishing any credible goals.  While I would agree that…

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AT&T Statement on the Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015

Today, Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI ) introduced the Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2015 to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “We commend Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orin Hatch and Senator Wyden…

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AT&T Statement on Release Of FCC’s Net Neutrality Order

The following statement may be attributed to AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs Jim Cicconi: “Unfortunately, the order released today begins a period of uncertainty that will damage broadband investment in the United States. Ultimately, though, we are confident the issue will be resolved by bipartisan action by Congress or a future FCC,…

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Auction 97 – More Lessons For Future Auctions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Additional reactions to Auction 97 are emerging with everyone putting their own spin on the results. First, in a blog, T-Mobile offered its view, calling the auction a disaster for U.S. consumers.  Hard to figure how they can reach that result.  The auction reallocated 50 MHz of valuable paired spectrum to the wireless industry –…

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Thoughts on Today’s Vote

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

Perhaps I’m betraying my years, but in Washington policy circles there has always been tension between those interested in solving problems and those who see policy disputes as a test of ideology.  I’d readily admit falling into the former camp, and have the policy scars to prove it.  To be sure, one must have principles…

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AT&T Statement on the Introduction of the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act

The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T applauds Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller, and their staff members, on their continued efforts to ensure customer privacy is protected when government officials seek information stored outside of the U.S. The privacy of AT&T’s customers around the world…

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

Attribute the following to AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs Jim Cicconi: “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…

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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 re: President Obama’s Plan for the Government to Regulate the Internet

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

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