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

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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Reversing Obama’s FCC Regulations: A Path to Consumer-Friendly Privacy Protections

Given the Beltway reaction to the commendable work by Congress to reverse the FCC’s off-course privacy rules, it’s worth taking a step back to see what’s really going on.  First and foremost, all of the rhetoric that asserts – without any factual support – that the CRA vote suddenly eliminated consumer privacy protections is just plain wrong….

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Delivering on the Broadband Promise to All Americans

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

If last week’s House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on broadband infrastructure is any measure, there appears to be growing consensus that any new infrastructure bill should include dollars for broadband – arguably the most essential infrastructure for American progress and productivity. As Chairman Blackburn observed, “we are all tired of hearing stories about parents…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Action on Mobility Fund II and CAF II Auctions

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “While many of us take broadband services for granted, many Americans living in rural communities remain unconnected.  Low population density, topographical barriers, and significant geographical distances make it economically unviable to deploy broadband in many rural areas. Today, the FCC,…

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