Leaning Toward the IP Future

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Three years ago, AT&T commenced two technology transition trials with the goal of identifying and resolving operational, technical, and public policy issues associated with migrating legacy TDM services to an IP future. Now, three years later, AT&T has achieved many of the goals it established for the trials:  the trials accelerated and increased the dialogue…

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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…

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What the Data Shows: Special Access is Not Very Special Any More

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

On Friday, Mother Nature willing, we will file our first set of comments analyzing the data submitted in the special access proceeding.  As a refresher course for the uninitiated, the special access services at issue here are not very special at all.  They are services sold mainly to businesses which provide pretty low speed data…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Tech Transitions Order

Please attribute the following to Frank Simone, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “In the National Broadband Plan, the Commission clearly recognized the critical need to modernize our country’s communications system, and carriers have invested billions of dollars to make this happen. The ongoing transition from a circuit-switched network to an IP-based platform – over…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Proposed IP Transition Rules

Please attribute the following to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: “The principles the FCC’s IP Transition NPRM seeks to uphold – public safety, reliability, universal connectivity, competition and consumer protections – should be implemented in a manner that reflects the many marketplace and technological developments that today…

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Going All-IP in Alabama, Florida

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The United States is in the midst of a historic network transition that FCC Chairman Wheeler has called “the fourth network revolution,” comparing it to the invention of the printing press, the birth of the railroad, and the advent of instantaneous communication made possible by the telegraph and the telephone.  The source of this revolution,…

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The FCC Decides to Lead on IP

by Jim Cicconi

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

The FCC today made a bold leap forward on the path to a modern 21st Century broadband world by agreeing to oversee industry-wide geographic trials.  These trials will convert legacy Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) networks to an all-IP broadband architecture.  While couched in the terms of telecom arcana, this decision is important and profound.  All…

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AT&T Statement on the FCC’s Task Force Recommendations on the IP Transition

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T’s Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under the leadership of Chairman Wheeler, has set a clear path for cementing our country’s state of the art communications future. While the transition to 21st century network technologies and communications services…

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The End of the Beginning of the IP Transition

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

Much has been written over the 12 months that have passed since AT&T filed its request for the Federal Communications Commission to oversee trials to facilitate the industry’s continued transition from aging communication platforms and services to new services based fully on Internet Protocol (“IP”). One important highlight in all that has been written is…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Move to Begin IP Trials

by Jim Cicconi

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

Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is directing the FCC staff to draft an order commencing geographic trials for the transition from aging communication platforms and services to new services based fully on Internet Protocol (“IP”). The following statement may be attributed to AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Jim Cicconi: “We…

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