AT&T Statement on Release Of FCC’s Net Neutrality Order

The following statement may be attributed to AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs Jim Cicconi: “Unfortunately, the order released today begins a period of uncertainty that will damage broadband investment in the United States. Ultimately, though, we are confident the issue will be resolved by bipartisan action by Congress or a future FCC,…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Net Neutrality Proposal

Attribute the following to AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs Jim Cicconi: “We continue to believe that a middle ground exists that will allow us to safeguard the open Internet without risk to needed investment and years of legal uncertainty. We were able to find such a path in 2010, and will do…

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Title II Closing Arguments

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Today, AT&T made a couple of filings at the FCC regarding its authority to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers. Given that this decision seems driven by political considerations, I hold out little hope that the FCC will alter its course, but the letters nonetheless try to set out what we see as…

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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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Banning Paid Prioritization within a Viable and Sustainable Framework

by Bob Quinn

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

Today, we filed comments at the FCC supporting the Commission’s attempt to re-craft the net neutrality rules that were vacated by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Verizon v. FCC.  In short, we have laid out a viable and sustainable framework utilizing Section 706 of the 1996 Telecom Act, which re-establishes the balance achieved…

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Net Neutrality and Modern Memory

by Jim Cicconi

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

I saw last month’s House Commerce hearing with Chairman Wheeler and was struck once again by the animated discussion revolving around “paid prioritization,” “fast lanes/slow lanes,” and Section 706 authority versus Title II regulation.  The debate feels a bit like the movie Groundhog Day… we’ve all been here before.  And just as in 2010, there…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Proposed Open Internet Rulemaking

  The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T is committed to an Open Internet.  We supported the Commission’s 2005 Open Internet Policy Statement, as well as the Commission’s 2010 Open Internet Rules which codified that policy.  Our network management practices are designed to…

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AT&T Statement on Net Neutrality

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T has built its broadband business, both wired and wireless, on the principle of Internet openness.  That is what our customers rightly expect, and it is what our company will continue to deliver.  That is also why…

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AT&T Statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit Open Internet Decision

The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T has been committed to the open Internet since our endorsement of the FCC’s statement of Internet freedoms in 2004. We worked constructively to help craft the FCC’s net neutrality rule, and testified in support of…

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