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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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.… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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The FCC Seizes the Reins on Privacy: Observations from Our Summer Internship

By Lindsey Knapton, Alex McLeod, Sean Vallancourt, AT&T Summer Interns  (The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the student authors and are not attributable to AT&T) When we each arrived at AT&T’s DC offices earlier this summer for our internships, we knew that we would have a front seat for policy discussions… Read more »

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The BDS Facts Speak for Themselves

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”  The FCC has spent the last year analyzing the data submitted in the Business Data Services proceeding to understand what is driving the BDS marketplace.  It has committed to a “data-driven” rulemaking process in its analysis… Read more »

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Answering the Call on Robocalling

by Bob Quinn

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

Last week, AT&T’s Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, received a letter from Chairman Wheeler addressing the robocalls that continue to plague our industry and our customers.  AT&T agrees that decisive action is needed. Indeed, AT&T has separately called for the development of comprehensive and industry-wide solutions to address these unwanted, illegal and often fraudulent calls.… Read more »

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Robocalls: A Problem We All Need To Solve

by Bob Quinn

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

You’re trying to sit down to dinner, but the phone won’t stop ringing. And it’s not friends, family or the office. It’s another unwanted recorded call pitching you a product you don’t want. Or, worse, attempting to scam you with, say, a phony tax bill. The same technology that allows you to stay connected with… Read more »

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