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…

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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…

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A Note from Base Camp

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last week while speaking at a spectrum conference, Gary Epstein, Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force observed that progress on the incentive auction can be compared to climbing a mountain. With the rules complete and as we move toward the auction start date, the collective group of auction climbers are essentially now at…

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Jim Cicconi Reflects on 20 Years Under 1996 Telecommunications Act

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the Federal Communications Law Journal (FCLJ) has compiled 32 essays from people who were “involved in the Act’s drafting, implementation, and attendant legal challenges.”  Below is an excerpt from a piece written by Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:…

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I Know It Because I Read It on the Internet

by Bob Quinn

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

I spoke at an investor conference on Tuesday hosted by Capitol Forum. Not surprisingly, the topic of the panel was net neutrality – what else would anyone want to talk about this holiday season.  Also not surprisingly, one of the panelists, a proponent of Title II classification of Internet service, asserted that the cable ISPs…

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AT&T Statement on Markup of Senate Tax Extenders Package

AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson issued the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee markup of the EXPIRE Act: “We applaud the markup of this important piece of legislation. The bill’s two-year commitment to these crucial tax-extenders is a bridge to meaningful comprehensive tax reform that provides the certainty needed to drive investment and…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force

Attribute the following to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: “Today’s announcement by the FCC to appoint a Technology Task Force to modernize its rules for the transition of traditionally regulated services to applications that ride on an IP broadband infrastructure is welcome news.  As AT&T pointed out…

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Building a Network for the 21st Century

by Bob Quinn

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

This morning, we announced a very significant capital commitment to our broadband infrastructure.  The net-net is that we are committing $14 Billion in capital to bring Internet broadband infrastructure – wireline and wireless – to more places over the next three years.  As part of that commitment, we plan to expand our 4G LTE network…

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