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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Reinventing the Edsel

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Among its many recommendations, the National Broadband Plan recommended that the FCC “encourage transitions to IP-to-IP interconnection where that is the most efficient approach.” Last week, COMPTEL advised the FCC that the way to achieve this objective is to apply the same rules to IP-to-IP interconnection as apply to interconnection on the public telephone network,…

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Commission (Almost) Bites Dog: Or the (not so) Hidden Meaning of the FCC’s Broadband Report

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

When I first heard that the FCC’s 6th 706 report would find, for the first time, that broadband in the U.S. was not being deployed in a reasonable and timely manner, I wondered, half in jest, whether the FCC would single itself out for blame as the culprit responsible for this unfortunate situation. To my…

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The USF Beat – Part 2: The Mississippi and Alabama Situation

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

My previous blog post examined how a wireless provider like AT&T mobility ended up getting money from the Federal Universal Service Fund (USF), and why AT&T continues to receive money from a fund which it has been urging the FCC to reform for years. In this blog, I take a closer look at the USF…

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An Unreasonable Conclusion

by Bob Quinn

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

The FCC’s conclusion that broadband is not being reasonably deployed in the U.S., on a national basis, based upon 7 million homes in rural America that would require $23.5 billion in federal subsidies to connect to wireline broadband, is an unreasonable conclusion.  Here is why. As a part of its National Broadband Plan, the FCC…

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Don’t Try This in Your (Broadband) Home

by Bob Quinn

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

Since the FCC released its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on the regulatory classification of broadband Internet access services, we’ve spent some time explaining why Title II is a bad idea for achieving the goals of the National Broadband Plan – the investment, innovation, and market certainty needed for job creation. Today, our filing at the…

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Regulating for the Sake of Regulation

by Bob Quinn

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

I was struck over the last several days by a series of pronouncements coming out of the Commission. First, on Tuesday, June 22, the FCC released an Order denying Qwest’s request for forbearance from wholesale and retail regulations in the Phoenix MSA.  Then, on Friday, June 25, the Commission released the latest version of its…

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AT&T Statement on FCC NOI

by Margaret Boles

Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today moved forward, in a 3-2 vote, to consider subjecting broadband Internet services to Title II phone regulations. Attribute the following statement to AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs, Jim Cicconi: “Today’s decision by the FCC is troubling and, in many respects, unsettling. It will create investment uncertainty…

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FCC’s About Face on Roaming

by Bob Quinn

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

AT&T has been a big supporter of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.  That Plan recognized and highlighted the need for significant reforms in areas like universal service, intercarrrier compensation, a renewed vigor and focus on adoption, and the identification of spectrum to fuel the public’s insatiable demand for wireless broadband. The Plan also recognized that…

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