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.… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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Thoughts on Today’s Vote

by Jim Cicconi

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

Perhaps I’m betraying my years, but in Washington policy circles there has always been tension between those interested in solving problems and those who see policy disputes as a test of ideology.  I’d readily admit falling into the former camp, and have the policy scars to prove it.  To be sure, one must have principles… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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Welcome to the World Of Title II Regulation

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Occasionally a proponent of Title II regulation of Internet access will ask, in effect, what’s so bad about Title II? What follows is a cautionary tale about the absence of regulatory certainty in the world of Title II regulation; a world into which so many net neutrality proponents want to throw the Internet.  I think… Read more »

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AT&T Statement re: President Obama’s Plan for the Government to Regulate the Internet

The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President, External & Legislative Affairs: “Today’s announcement by the White House, if acted upon by the FCC, would be a mistake that will do tremendous harm to the Internet and to U.S. national interests.  It is a complete reversal of a bipartisan policy… Read more »

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Banning Paid Prioritization within a Viable and Sustainable Framework

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

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… Read more »

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