AT&T Statement on FCC’s Outage Reporting Rules for Submarine Cables

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Submarine cable facilities have important national security and commercial implications.  For this reason, a coalition representing cable providers sought to give the FCC constructive input on a meaningful yet reasonable cable outage reporting framework.  Today’s order, however, perpetuates flawed assumptions… Read more »

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Special Access Doublespeak

by Frank Simone

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I’m often struck by the doublespeak that takes place in DC and, particularly, at the FCC when companies come to the agency to argue that the Commission should regulate their competitors. The Special Access proceeding at the Commission is one of those special dockets that is a real breeding ground for what I like to… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Bogus Set-Top Box Privacy Complaint

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T’s use of anonymous and aggregate set-top box information is entirely consistent with the statute. Our disclosures tell our customers exactly how we use that data and provide tools for customers to opt out.  Frankly, this complaint… Read more »

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The Privacy Misdirection

by Bob Quinn

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

Today, we will file our official comments in the Commission’s privacy proceeding. The fundamental message will be that the FCC should follow the FTC’s lead and adopt a notice and consent framework for privacy that is entirely consistent with the FTC framework that has governed since the inception of the Internet.  That is contrary to… Read more »

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Regulation over Innovation…Again?

by Bob Quinn

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

Yesterday, 60 members of Congress joined an already significant chorus of bipartisan Congressional voices questioning the impact that Google’s set-top box proposal will have on consumers and the broader video marketplace.  This time the focus was on the negative impact the Google proposal would have on the ability of smaller/rural video providers to continue innovating… Read more »

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AT&T Response to FCC’s Action on Real-Time Text (RTT)

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Moving forward with a proceeding to allow real-time text (“RTT”) communications to replace outdated TTY technology is long overdue and the right thing to do.  We are concerned, however, that the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) spends too much… Read more »

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Google Set-Top Box Filing Reveals Anti-Consumer Double Standard

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “Google’s argument exposes that their proposal makes absolutely no sense from a policy standpoint. What they suggest, amazingly, is that a customer’s info will have onerous restrictions and be subject to opt-in requirements if they use our… Read more »

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AT&T Response to White House Action on FCC’s Set-Top Box Proposal

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “Independent regulatory agencies, by law, are supposed to make their decisions based on facts in the public record and not based on politics or pressure from the White House. Unfortunately, just as it did in the Title… Read more »

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