Jim Cicconi Reflects on 20 Years Under 1996 Telecommunications Act

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the Federal Communications Law Journal (FCLJ) has compiled 32 essays from people who were “involved in the Act’s drafting, implementation, and attendant legal challenges.”  Below is an excerpt from a piece written by Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:… Read more »

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Remarks of Jim Cicconi at the Emerging Issues Policy Forum: 2016 Digital Pathway Summit

The following are remarks of Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, as prepared for delivery at the Emerging Issues Policy Forum: 2016 Digital Pathway Summit, Amelia Island, Florida, Thursday, January 14, 2016: Thank you, it’s a pleasure to be among so many friends.  I’d like to give you an… Read more »

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Another Magenta Herring

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

A few weeks ago, T-Mobile filed an ex parte suggesting that AT&T had contradicted statements made to the FCC in connection with the acquisition of certain 700 MHz licenses in a few rural markets in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.  As we explain in a filing today, T-Mobile’s claims are flatly incorrect. AT&T is continuing… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Proposed 2016 Broadband Progress Report

Attribute the following to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs: “It’s bad enough the FCC keeps moving the goal posts on their definition of broadband, apparently so they can continue to justify intervening in obviously competitive markets.  But now they are even ignoring their own definition in order to pad… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Mobile Competition Report

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “The FCC today released its latest report to Congress on the state of competition in the wireless industry.  Again, the Commission refuses to declare the wireless industry competitive despite numerous statistics to the contrary. “But even more troubling is the… Read more »

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The Wi-Fi / LTE Unlicensed Debate: A Path Forward

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Much ink has been spilled to date on the question of whether and how, and under what conditions, Wi-Fi and LTE unlicensed technologies can peacefully co-exist in existing and new unlicensed bands.  I don’t propose to add to that growing body of literature.  I write instead to endorse a path forward: One that side-steps the… Read more »

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AT&T Applauds Rep. Anna Eshoo and Chairman Walden on their Commitment to Facilitate Broadband Deployment

The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations: “We appreciate the bipartisan leadership of Ranking Member Anna Eshoo and Chairman Greg Walden to introduce legislation that will help lower the cost of broadband deployment throughout the nation. This bill will minimize the construction costs and inconveniences associated… Read more »

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When is a Defaulter Not Really a Defaulter? And Other Auction 97 Questions

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week, the latest chapter of the saga that is Auction 97 unfolded in all its messy, unpredicted and unpredictable glory – Dish and its affiliate DEs surrendered over $3 billion of AWS-3 licenses back to the FCC.  Before we get to the selective default, let’s quickly review the bidding to date. First, Dish took… Read more »

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Supporting Innovation In Unlicensed Bands

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

AT&T recently joined a coalition of high tech companies and wireless operators designed to help educate consumers and policymakers about the benefits of using unlicensed spectrum to enhance speed, service quality and coverage for consumers.  Two new unlicensed technologies – LTE-U and LTE-LAA – are being developed to harness the availability of unlicensed spectrum to… Read more »

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