When the Earth, Sun and Moon Align: Are we Witnessing Momentum for Legislation?

by Tim McKone

Executive Vice President of Federal Relations

This morning, Chairman Walden announced his intent for his Committee to hold a hearing on net neutrality in September, inviting companies from across the internet ecosystem to help craft a sustainable legislative solution.  Chairman Walden observed rightly that almost everyone is in agreement about fundamental open internet principles to prevent anti-competitive behavior such as throttling…

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Why We’re Joining the ‘Day of Action’ in Support of an Open Internet

by Bob Quinn

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

Tomorrow, AT&T will join the “Day of Action” for preserving and advancing an open internet. This may seem like an anomaly to many people who might question why AT&T is joining with those who have differing viewpoints on how to ensure an open and free internet. But that’s exactly the point – we all agree…

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The Surprising (to me) Narrowness of the D.C. Circuit’s Title II Decision

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I have to confess that, at the time the D.C. Circuit upheld the FCC’s 2015 Title II order, I did not focus on the court’s analysis of the First Amendment claims raised by other parties. Only after reading the concurrence in the recent court decision declining to rehear the appeal, did I understand the panel…

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Returning to Sound Policy and Restoring Internet Freedom

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to begin the process of revisiting whether internet access services should be classified as “information services” or “telecommunications services” as defined by the Telecom Act.  From its inception, and throughout Republican and Democratic Administrations, internet access was treated as an information service.  It was this light touch approach…

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The Real Debate Over The Open Internet

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Yesterday, Chairman Pai announced that he would open a proceeding to revisit the question of whether Congress directed the FCC to regulate the internet using the regulatory framework adopted in 1934 for the monopoly-era telephone networks. To be clear, this proceeding is not about whether the open internet will continue to be protected and preserved….

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AT&T Supports Internet Openness

The following statement can be attributed to AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson: “AT&T continues to support the fundamental tenets of net neutrality. And we remain committed to open internet protections that are fair and equal for everyone. “The bipartisan, light-touch regulatory approach that Congress established at the internet’s inception brought American consumers unparalleled investment…

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Failing to Pass the Straight-Face Test

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Yesterday, AT&T filed comments with the Office of Management and Budget on the FCC’s woefully deficient analysis of the burdens associated with the so-called enhanced transparency requirements adopted in the 2015 Open Internet Order (OIO). The Commission’s analysis evinces a complete disregard for its responsibilities under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The FCC has not specifically…

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The FCC Seizes the Reins on Privacy: Observations from Our Summer Internship

By Lindsey Knapton, Alex McLeod, Sean Vallancourt, AT&T Summer Interns  (The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the student authors and are not attributable to AT&T) When we each arrived at AT&T’s DC offices earlier this summer for our internships, we knew that we would have a front seat for policy discussions…

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Of Double Standards And Situational Policy

by Jim Cicconi

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

After weeks of spin denying that his set top box proposal would create a black hole for privacy protections, the FCC Chairman now tells us not to worry because he will insist that Google “voluntarily” commit to the same privacy protections to which the rest of us are bound by FCC rules. This astounding statement…

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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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