AT&T Statement on SPEED Act, Legislation to Facilitate Broadband Deployment

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T greatly appreciates the efforts of Senators Wicker and Cortez Masto to help facilitate the deployment of broadband infrastructure. The SPEED Act, which aims to streamline the permitting process on public rights-of-way, will go a long way in removing unnecessary…

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Privacy Must Keep Pace with Evolving Technology

By Jeff Brueggeman, AT&T Vice President of Global Public Policy Consumers rightly expect consistent privacy protections on the internet, no matter what service, device or company is using their data. It sounds simple, but it is increasingly challenging in practice as the amount and variety of online data continues to grow exponentially. And there is…

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Ensuring an Open Internet while Fostering Innovation and Investment

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, AT&T filed reply comments on the FCC’s proposal to restore the longstanding, bipartisan consensus that internet access service is an information service, a status that it enjoyed for all but two of the past 20 years. Opponents of returning internet access service to that status make no attempt to balance the costs and benefits…

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AT&T Statement on Senate Confirmation of Rosenworcel, Carr to FCC

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “I want to congratulate Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel on their Senate confirmations to the FCC, which complete a deep bench of talent and expertise at the agency. Both are dedicated and respected public officials. Consumers and our industry will…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Actions to Advance Broadband Deployment to Rural Americans

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Nearly 30 million rural Americans do not have broadband service today.  AT&T commends Chairman Pai and his fellow Commissioners for moving forward promptly with these two critical broadband programs.  The Connect America Fund II and Mobility Fund II auctions are…

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Mobility Fund II – a Win for Rural Consumers

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

While we take mobile broadband services for granted in urban environments, many rural Americans still don’t have access to wireless service to keep them connected to family, work and other vital services.   Travel just 75 miles from D.C., and chances are you could find yourself in a small community without wireless voice or broadband coverage….

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AT&T Statement on AIRWAVES Act

Today, Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum Act, or the ”AIRWAVES Act.” The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “AT&T congratulates Senators Gardner and Hassan for introducing a unique bill to address the…

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A Day of Reflection after the Day of Action

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Remember Dudley Do-Right?  He was the dim-witted but affable Canadian Mountie with the cleft chin who busied himself saving Nell from his arch enemy, Snidely Whiplash.  Snidely, of course, was always portrayed as a good nemesis should be – in a black coat and top hat, with a strangely menacing mustache and a greenish pallor. …

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When the Earth, Sun and Moon Align: Are we Witnessing Momentum for Legislation?

by Tim McKone

Executive Vice President of Federal Relations

This morning, Chairman Walden announced his intent for his Committee to hold a hearing on net neutrality in September, inviting companies from across the internet ecosystem to help craft a sustainable legislative solution.  Chairman Walden observed rightly that almost everyone is in agreement about fundamental open internet principles to prevent anti-competitive behavior such as throttling…

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