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… Read more »

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Remarks by Joan Marsh at the MMTC 15th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference

The following are remarks by Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory, as prepared for delivery at the MMTC 15th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2017: We live in an age of innovation and disruption. In these interesting times, I think it’s important to be… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Supporting an Open Internet

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “Today, AT&T filed comments in support of the FCC’s proposal to return to a nearly two decades-old bipartisan commitment to a light-handed approach to internet services – a commitment the FCC abandoned for no good reason in 2015.  Throughout this period, AT&T has supported an open… Read more »

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Why We’re Joining the ‘Day of Action’ in Support of an Open Internet

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Tomorrow, AT&T will join the “Day of Action” for preserving and advancing an open internet. This may seem like an anomaly to many people who might question why AT&T is joining with those who have differing viewpoints on how to ensure an open and free internet. But that’s exactly the point – we all agree… Read more »

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Does Lifeline Need a Life Boat?

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week, the GAO issued a report on its investigation into the FCC’s Lifeline program, a program designed to deliver essential communications services to low income families but one that has grown at an alarming rate.  The report’s findings are both expected and surprising – expected in that the report highlights areas of weakness in… Read more »

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The Surprising (to me) Narrowness of the D.C. Circuit’s Title II Decision

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I have to confess that, at the time the D.C. Circuit upheld the FCC’s 2015 Title II order, I did not focus on the court’s analysis of the First Amendment claims raised by other parties. Only after reading the concurrence in the recent court decision declining to rehear the appeal, did I understand the panel… Read more »

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Returning to Sound Policy and Restoring Internet Freedom

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to begin the process of revisiting whether internet access services should be classified as “information services” or “telecommunications services” as defined by the Telecom Act.  From its inception, and throughout Republican and Democratic Administrations, internet access was treated as an information service.  It was this light touch approach… Read more »

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The Real Debate Over The Open Internet

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Yesterday, Chairman Pai announced that he would open a proceeding to revisit the question of whether Congress directed the FCC to regulate the internet using the regulatory framework adopted in 1934 for the monopoly-era telephone networks. To be clear, this proceeding is not about whether the open internet will continue to be protected and preserved.… Read more »

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AT&T Supports Internet Openness

The following statement can be attributed to AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson: “AT&T continues to support the fundamental tenets of net neutrality. And we remain committed to open internet protections that are fair and equal for everyone. “The bipartisan, light-touch regulatory approach that Congress established at the internet’s inception brought American consumers unparalleled investment… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Removing Barriers to Wireless Infrastructure Deployment

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Today, the FCC takes bold steps toward speeding the deployment of small cell technologies, setting the stage for 5G innovation and deployment.  The notice of proposed rulemaking adopted today asks critical questions about how to remove excessive regulatory burdens when… Read more »

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