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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Smart Grid Finds a Home in WCS Band

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Yesterday, AT&T filed a petition outlining an innovative new smart grid solution for the unpaired Wireless Communications Service (WCS) C and D blocks.  Those steeped in the long history of the WCS band know that the technical restrictions needed to protect adjacent Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) and Aeronautical Mobile Telemetry (AMT) users severely… 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

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

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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C’mon FCC, Take Your Thumb off the Scale

by Caroline Van Wie

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The FCC initiated a proceeding to review special access competition way back in 2012 for which it gathered a huge amount of data from incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) and others (a whopping 120 million records making up more than 15 Gigabytes of data).  After reviewing this data, late last… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Set-Top Box Proposal

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “A visionary might have started a proceeding today to ask how the consumer driven application economy could accelerate placing the set-top box onto the same path to the technology scrap heap as Black & White Televisions,  Betamaxes, VCRs, iPods and… Read more »

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Of Double Standards And Situational Policy

by Jim Cicconi

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

After weeks of spin denying that his set top box proposal would create a black hole for privacy protections, the FCC Chairman now tells us not to worry because he will insist that Google “voluntarily” commit to the same privacy protections to which the rest of us are bound by FCC rules. This astounding statement… Read more »

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