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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A Step toward an Effective Spectrum Sharing Framework

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

There has been a lot of talk lately about spectrum sharing – Spectrum Access Systems, Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage, Environmental Sensing Capability, Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications, to name just a few of the discussed approaches. The purveyors of these techniques believe that their technology will change the way spectrum is shared and will… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on Special Access and Broadband Investment

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs, and is in response to remarks made yesterday by FCC Chairman Wheeler: “We agree that incremental investment in broadband facilities for 5G and in rural areas is essential.  But imposing regulation on special access prices and contract terms is… Read more »

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Reaching a Sound 3.5 GHz Framework

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

We’ve been watching with interest as a Further Order on the 3.5 GHz band plan is being considered by the FCC’s 8th floor. The Order proposes to preserve a Priority Access License, or PALs, scheme that has been broadly rejected by almost everyone who had advocated for the PALs approach. Given this opposition, it’s hard… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Actions on Lifeline, Privacy

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Notwithstanding the controversy that occurred over the Lifeline action at today’s meeting, positive steps were taken to move Lifeline into the 21st century by beginning the transition of the program from voice to broadband. The agency also started the… Read more »

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BT Overreach: Stale Data Yield Rotten Results

by Rich Clarke

Assistant Vice President of Public Policy

BT Americas (BTA) has repeatedly beseeched the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke its regulatory flexibility granted to DS1 and DS3 special access – and now argues that all U.S. Ethernet services should be similarly regulated if they are to perform as well as those in Europe. Further, BTA often asserts that the performance of… Read more »

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Something Amiss in Washington

by Len Cali

Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy

Last week, I had the privilege of participating in the Digital Economy: Chances and Challenges conference in Prague. The Czech national regulatory authority, Česky telekomunikační úrad (“CTU”), under the leadership of Chairman Jaromir Novak, organized the conference jointly with ICANN. The gathering offered me an opportunity to share AT&T’s view on innovation and regulation. Even… Read more »

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CLEC End Game is Ethernet Re-Regulation

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

There’s no question that copper-based TDM services are in rapid decline.  AT&T’s access lines (copper last mile connections) are no exception – they have declined by almost 65% (more than 30 million lines, if you can believe it) since 2009. Yet, despite all the evidence pointing to the end of the copper era, the competitive… Read more »

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Lifeline is Headed in the Right Direction (We Hope)

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

The effort to modernize the troubled Lifeline program appears to be moving in the right direction.  AT&T has long supported the need to fix the program’s glaring administrative problems while allowing Lifeline eligible consumers to use their $9.25 discount on Internet access services. Last week, the FCC’s fact sheet outlined plans for a National Eligibility… Read more »

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Privacy Regulation: Symmetry or Asymmetry?

by Bob Quinn

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

Last week, the five associations representing virtually all wireline and (non-WISP) mobile ISPs submitted a joint proposal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on how to address the implications of applying Section 222 to broadband Internet access in the wake of the FCC’s ill-advised 2015 Title II Order.  As the filing explains, ISPs do not… Read more »

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