AT&T Statement on Chairman
Pai’s Renomination to FCC

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on March 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:

“President Trump’s decision to renominate Chairman Pai to the FCC is a recognition of the tremendous value he brings to the agency. In just a few short weeks, Chairman Pai has demonstrated his commitment to making the Commission more transparent and to working closely, and quickly, with his fellow Commissioners and Bureau Staff to remove outdated and unnecessary regulations.  We look forward to continue working with Chairman Pai and his team.”

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AT&T Statement on Chairman Pai’s Process Reform Pilot Program

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 2, 2017 at 11:33 am

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“Clear and transparent processes lead to better regulatory results. FCC Chairman Pai made clear his commitment to these goals with the voting process reform he enacted at his first Open Meeting.

“Today’s announcement underscores that commitment even further. The pilot program of releasing proposed rules to the public, before they are voted on by the FCC, allows for greater public engagement and ultimately better government actions.  We applaud Chairman Pai’s and his fellow Commissioners’ efforts to improve the agency’s transparency to produce better results.”

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AT&T Responds, Again, to Wireless Bureau’s Sponsored Data Inquiry

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“As we explain (again) in the response provided to the Wireless Bureau today, the video entertainment marketplace is ripe for disruptive change, which is exactly why consumers have enthusiastically embraced Data Free TV in all its competitive forms. That enthusiasm has caused competitors to react with additional consumer-friendly video offerings, like the T-Mobile offer announced today. And although the Commission has decided to apply Title II to broadband services, the Wireless Bureau’s analysis of AT&T’s sponsored data platform abandons decades of Title II jurisprudence to raise questions about a service that undeniably increases choice and lowers costs for video consumers. This is exactly the type of pro-consumer benefit that the DirecTV acquisition was designed to achieve.

“We also note that the concerns being raised are not those of the FCC – which would require that the Commissioners be given an opportunity to consider the analysis – but rather those solely of the Bureau Staff. As we explain in the filing today, Bureau Staff lacks the authority to take action on a matter presenting new or novel questions of law or policy – something this inquiry indisputably does given that the Internet conduct standard at issue here prescribes no clear rules of any kind, and the Bureau’s novel interpretation of that provision guts decades of regulatory and competition policy precedent.”

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AT&T Statement on Announcement FCC Chairman Wheeler will Step Down in January

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:

“It would be disingenuous to suggest that we did not have significant differences with the direction the FCC took under Chairman Wheeler.  However, Chairman Wheeler has been a respected leader in the video and wireless industries for over 30 years with many accomplishments. Following that illustrious career, and when most people would have hung up their spikes, he chose to enter public service where he was a dedicated and tireless advocate. We wish him and Carol happiness and health in the future.”

 

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FCC Hosts Second Meeting of Robocall Strike Force; Industry Delivers Short and Long-Term Solutions

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on October 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Today, AT&T committed to immediately start working with vendors and to be ready for carrier interoperability verification by the 4th quarter of 2017. These standards will make it easier to mitigate robocalls and go after the bad actors. AT&T fully intends to meet this aggressive timeline.  

The following are remarks by AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson as prepared for delivery at the second meeting of the Robocall Strike Force at the Federal Communications Commission on October 26, 2016.

 

Thank you, Melissa. Good afternoon, everyone.

Sixty days ago, Chairman Wheeler issued a challenge to us to figure out how to stop both illegal and unwanted robocalls…It is the FCC’s number one consumer complaint.

So, we brought together 30 representatives from every corner of the communications ecosystem – network operators, device manufacturers, and OS developers – And I want to thank the members of the strike force. What you have accomplished in just two months is impressive.

And we should also thank the federal law enforcement agencies and the National Association of Attorneys General for working with us to quickly identify illegal robocallers and shut them down.

These steps are just the beginning. But as Melissa told you, they are already having a significant impact. Obviously, it goes without saying that we still have a lot of work left to do.

To that end, our members are working with the standards bodies to keep building on our progress. And each of the Strike Force members has committed to provide the resources needed to continue fighting this problem. One of the stickier issues will be figuring out an economically viable path to sustain these solutions going forward.

Chairman Wheeler and the Commissioners…Thank you for convening this strike force. We could not have gotten this ball rolling so quickly without your leadership. Working with the Commission and others, I am confident we will develop the tools to make this issue a thing of the past.

Thank you.

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