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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AT&T Statement on the Introduction of the 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 effort to ensure customer privacy is protected when government officials seek information stored outside of the U.S. The LEADS Act makes clear that U.S. officials cannot…

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Net Neutrality and Modern Memory

by Jim Cicconi

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

I saw last month’s House Commerce hearing with Chairman Wheeler and was struck once again by the animated discussion revolving around “paid prioritization,” “fast lanes/slow lanes,” and Section 706 authority versus Title II regulation.  The debate feels a bit like the movie Groundhog Day… we’ve all been here before.  And just as in 2010, there…

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AT&T Statement on Markup of Senate Tax Extenders Package

AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson issued the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee markup of the EXPIRE Act: “We applaud the markup of this important piece of legislation. The bill’s two-year commitment to these crucial tax-extenders is a bridge to meaningful comprehensive tax reform that provides the certainty needed to drive investment and…

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AT&T Statement on the Congressional Spectrum Caucus

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Brett Guthrie and Doris Matsui announced the formation of the Congressional Spectrum Caucus. The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T applauds Representatives Guthrie and Matsui for continuing to make spectrum policy a top priority and for recognizing the critical role good policy…

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Facts About Low Band Spectrum Holdings

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In an op ed last week, CCA again called for auction limits to “prevent the two dominant wireless carriers from blocking competitors’ access to low-frequency spectrum.”  The problem, according to CCA, is that AT&T and Verizon control a significant portfolio of low band spectrum.  CCA also alleges we were “handed” our 850 MHz allocations “free…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Incentive Auction Schedule

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “The 600 MHz incentive auction is by far the most complex auction proceeding ever undertaken anywhere in the world.  The Commission must persuade two different sets of auction bidders to participate in two separate but inter-related auctions.  While those auctions…

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AT&T Response to Chairman Walden and Chairman Upton’s Announcement to Update the Communications Act

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs: “We applaud Chairman Walden and Chairman Upton for taking this critical step to ensure America’s telecommunications laws are aligned with the explosion of new technologies and expanding consumer needs. Their decision recognizes that current laws are woefully outdated, that…

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AT&T Statement on Debt Ceiling and Potential U.S. Government Default

DALLAS, Oct. 4, 2013 — The following may be attributed to AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson: “It is unthinkable that the United States could default on its financial commitments, and it would be the height of irresponsibility for any public official to consider such a course. In fact, even the discussion of default poses…

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AT&T Statement on House Introduction of Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

Washington, DC: Today, Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Permanent Tax Freedom Act. The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Eshoo should be commended for introducing legislation to protect consumers by ensuring that the Internet remains free from…

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