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

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 may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “We congratulate Chairman Wheeler for his leadership and vision. Today’s action…

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So, Why is there No Rural Email Completion Problem?

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Just over a week ago, the FCC released an order intended to try and improve the rate at which long distance calls to rural areas are completed. That led to a somewhat cryptic tweet on which I now expand. (In today’s blog “email” is playing the role of Internet traffic in general.) Have you heard…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Rural Call Completion Order

The following statement may be attributed to Hank Hultquist, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T is committed to ensuring that all Americans with telephone numbers, including those living in rural areas, are able to receive telephone calls on a reliable basis, and we believe it appropriate that the Commission address practices that stand in…

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Modernizing the FCC: It’s Not Complicated

Remarks by AT&T’s Jim Cicconi as prepared for delivery at today’s Media Institute Communications Forum Luncheon in Washington, DC: It’s September in Washington, my favorite time of year.  We all pretend we’ve just gotten back from hobnobbing with the Obamas in Martha’s Vineyard, and we’re now ready to focus on the more important things.  Like…

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Public Knowledge’s White Paper on the IP Transition: A common sense framework

Early this week at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress, we expressed support for the concepts embodied in Public Knowledge’s 5 Principles for the IP transition. After reading Public Knowledge’s white paper issued today, I am even more convinced that Public Knowledge has laid out a common sense framework that can help…

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The Future and its Friends

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Virginia Postrel’s famous book contrasted two different attitudes toward the future. One, which she called “stasism,” is focused on controlling and directing forces of change based on preconceived notions of how the future should unfold or, worse yet, a nostalgia for an idealized past. The other, which she called “dynamism,” embraces the unplanned (indeed “unplannable”) future…

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Availability of Numbers And the IP Transition

FCC Commissioner Pai confirmed last week during his terrific speech at the Hudson Institute that Chairman Genachowski has circulated a draft order which would initiate a geographically limited trial gradually permitting VoIP providers to get direct access to telephone numbers without having to go through a local exchange carrier.  This is a great development on…

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