More Heat than Light

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

History will remember the day that the FCC acted to adopt a rational and balanced regulatory framework of internet governance.  A day when the FCC Chairman reflected on a debate that was “more heat than light,” on the vital need for investment in broadband infrastructure in the United States and on the dangers of an…

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Reports of the Internet’s Impending Death are Grossly Exaggerated

Over the past week, there has been a lot written about what happens to the internet assuming the FCC adopts the proposed order, circulated last Wednesday, at its next scheduled open meeting.  I would suggest that most of what has been written falls in the category of misinformation and rhetorical excess.  I thought I might…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Draft Order

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs: “Tomorrow, the FCC will release a draft order that will bring to an end this country’s brief and ill-conceived experiment with heavy-handed regulation of the internet.  Abandoning decades of prudent, bipartisan regulatory restraint, the Wheeler FCC took the…

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Ensuring an Open Internet while Fostering Innovation and Investment

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Today, AT&T filed reply comments on the FCC’s proposal to restore the longstanding, bipartisan consensus that internet access service is an information service, a status that it enjoyed for all but two of the past 20 years. Opponents of returning internet access service to that status make no attempt to balance the costs and benefits…

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A Day of Reflection after the Day of Action

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Remember Dudley Do-Right?  He was the dim-witted but affable Canadian Mountie with the cleft chin who busied himself saving Nell from his arch enemy, Snidely Whiplash.  Snidely, of course, was always portrayed as a good nemesis should be – in a black coat and top hat, with a strangely menacing mustache and a greenish pallor. …

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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

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 Federal Regulatory Relations

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 Federal Regulatory Relations

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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