AT&T Statement on USF and ICC Reform

The FCC officially began its process today to modernize its telephone subsidy programs, the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) system.   The comments we filed today highlight the urgent need to update these policies if the Commission hopes to achieve its National Broadband Plan goals.  The following statement may be attributed to AT&T’s…

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Happy Birthday NBP

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As we gear up for tomorrow’s event at Georgetown University marking the one-year anniversary of the National Broadband Plan, I guess the inevitable question is, are we there yet? Well, not exactly. But after a somewhat slow start, the FCC has really picked up the pace in the last few months on one of the…

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Unsafe at Any Rate

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In recent blogs I have explored: (a) the FCC’s absurd practice of regulating the structure of long distance pricing even as long distance is rapidly vanishing as a distinct consumer service; and (b) the foolishness of extending obsolete interconnection rules to IP networks. Today, I will try to tie these seemingly distinct modes of transportation…

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Price Regulation in the Buggy Whip Market

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Throughout the course of this year’s debate over net neutrality and Title II classification, one thing the FCC consistently disavowed was retail price regulation of broadband. Indeed, price regulation should be the last thing a modern regulator would want to be associated with. It is rightly seen in most respectable regulatory establishments as a throwback…

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