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

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…

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

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…

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A Personal Note

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

This week, I am privileged to take over leadership of AT&T’s Federal Regulatory team in AT&T’s DC office. I take the reins from my mentor, boss and friend, Bob Quinn, as he rises to succeed Jim Cicconi, who leaves us for the next chapter of his life and a richly-deserved retirement. This opportunity comes to…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Decision to Delay Vote on Set-Top Box Proposal

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “In light of the limited information that has been publicly disclosed, AT&T supports the call for additional review and public comment on the FCC’s modified set-top box proposal. We have always said that this complicated technology mandate is unnecessary given…

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Failing to Pass the Straight-Face Test

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Yesterday, AT&T filed comments with the Office of Management and Budget on the FCC’s woefully deficient analysis of the burdens associated with the so-called enhanced transparency requirements adopted in the 2015 Open Internet Order (OIO). The Commission’s analysis evinces a complete disregard for its responsibilities under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The FCC has not specifically…

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli famously said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Statistics are particularly concerning when they’re taken out of context or used to prop up policies which the body of the larger economic analysis would not support. When it comes to the Commission’s analysis of…

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FCC’s Set-Top Box Proposal Still Plagued by Copyright and Privacy Concerns

by Bob Quinn

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

The FCC’s latest set-top box proposal has recognized what we have been saying all along – apps are the future and, in fact, the here and now. Apps are how consumers watch television today and how Hulu, Amazon and Netflix have created their businesses. Apps allow innovation to flourish, while protecting privacy, security and copyright….

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Broadband Investment: Not for the Faint of Heart

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

July 2007: In exchange for FCC action on its demand for four specific “open access” conditions on the 700 MHz Upper C Block, Google commits to bidding $4.6B in the 700 MHz auction. January 2008: When the auction closes, it becomes clear that wireless companies – not Google – shouldered the multi-billion dollar cost of…

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Facts not Fiat

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, AT&T filed its response to a July 27 Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) issued by the FCC for alleged violations of the lowest corresponding price (LCP) requirements of the E-rate program.  These rules say that in order to participate in the E-rate program, a carrier must charge a participating school, library or consortium no…

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FCC Hosts first Robocall Strike Force Meeting; AT&T’s Stephenson to Chair Industry-Led Group

The following are remarks by AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson as prepared for delivery at the first Robocall Strike Force Meeting at the Federal Communications Commission on August 19, 2016: Thank you, Chairman Wheeler. Good morning, everyone. I want to recognize the Chairman for proposing this strike force.  And I want to recognize and…

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