Bold BDS Order Borne Out in Business Fiber Growth Statistics

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Yesterday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s new Business Data Services (BDS) regime. As you may recall, in April of last year, the FCC took the bold step of reforming the BDS rules. With this action, the Commission cleared the underbrush of unnecessary and… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Today, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that she would be stepping down from the Commission. The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, Executive Vice President of Regulatory and State External Affairs: “Since joining the FCC nearly a decade ago, Commissioner Clyburn has demonstrated an abiding and admirable commitment to public service. She leaves a… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC Order to Eliminate Obsolete Payphone Reporting Requirements

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory and State External Affairs: “AT&T appreciates the FCC’s ongoing efforts to remove inefficient and obsolete regulatory obligations.  As mobile communications have largely supplanted the once ubiquitous payphone, use of payphones and compensation to Payphone Service Providers (PSPs) has precipitously declined.  The… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC Vote to Restore Internet Freedom

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs: “For more than a decade, under both Republican and Democratic Administrations, AT&T has consistently made clear that we provide broadband service in an open and transparent way.  We do not block websites, nor censor online content, nor… Read more »

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More Heat than Light

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

History will remember the day that the FCC acted to adopt a rational and balanced regulatory framework of internet governance.  A day when the FCC Chairman reflected on a debate that was “more heat than light,” on the vital need for investment in broadband infrastructure in the United States and on the dangers of an… Read more »

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A Unique Auction Proposal for 5G Spectrum

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Last month, we blogged that one of several things that must happen for the U.S. to lead in 5G deployment is an auction of spectrum in the 28 and 37-40 GHz bands. Since then, we have been working with a couple of economists who specialize in auction design and, today, we filed a paper with the… Read more »

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Reports of the Internet’s Impending Death are Grossly Exaggerated

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

Over the past week, there has been a lot written about what happens to the internet assuming the FCC adopts the proposed order, circulated last Wednesday, at its next scheduled open meeting.  I would suggest that most of what has been written falls in the category of misinformation and rhetorical excess.  I thought I might… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Draft Order

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Tomorrow, the FCC will release a draft order that will bring to an end this country’s brief and ill-conceived experiment with heavy-handed regulation of the internet.  Abandoning decades of prudent, bipartisan regulatory restraint, the Wheeler FCC took the… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Deploying Next-Generation Broadband Facilities

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Today, the FCC takes significant steps toward completing the ongoing transformation of the nation’s communications networks from outdated legacy facilities to next-generation technologies. The ruling removes or modifies rules that have slowed a provider’s ability to retire… Read more »

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