AT&T Statement On Broadband for America Poll

by Michael Balmoris

Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

Today, Broadband for America released a survey that found that more than 75 percent of respondents agree that the Internet is currently working, and more than 55 percent oppose federal government regulation of the Internet. The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “This… Read more »

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Our Commitment to the Open Internet

by Margaret Boles

Director of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

It’s been five years since the term net neutrality entered the lexicon of beltway banter. Five long years of discussion, debate and disagreement, and guess what?  We are surprisingly where we began – squabbling over an issue that means different things to different people. The only constant is that, like most things in Washington, net… Read more »

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Who Keeps Pulling The Net Neutrality Football?

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

As the dog days of Summer 2010 wind down and we begin the inexorable march towards Halloween, the Great Pumpkin and beyond, I have been thinking about the interesting places the net neutrality debate took us this summer. We began the summer with FCC Chairman Genachowski proposing the Third Way to, in his words, “restore… Read more »

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Narrowing the Debate On Paid Prioritization

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As discussed in my last blog, for many years proponents of extreme versions of net neutrality regulation have fulminated against the practice of “paid prioritization.” In a recent series of letters, Free Press argued that the Commission should in no circumstances permit ISPs to be compensated for the provision of “router-based prioritization,” and that such… Read more »

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The Danger of Dogma

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

One of the central dogmas of the Church of Extreme Net Neutrality (CoENN) is that quality of service on the Internet, or using the preferred nomenclature of the CoENN, “paid prioritization,” is the equivalent of a deadly sin. The CoENN creed against quality of service states that paid prioritization of Internet traffic: (1) has never been… Read more »

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The Not So Elusive Middle Ground

by Jim Cicconi

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

Amidst the flurry of blogs and op-eds on net neutrality, Title II and broadband reclassification that cross my desk on a daily basis, it was a welcome and refreshing change to read Paul Misener’s piece that ran in CNET last week. Although I don’t agree with everything the vice president for global public policy at… Read more »

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Don’t Try This in Your (Broadband) Home

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

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… Read more »

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The FCC’s Hypothetical Supreme Court

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Justice Scalia’s dissents are often described as “witty,” “erudite,” and even “brilliant.” In fact, they are so good that they’ve been collected into a book that gets almost all 5-star reviews on Amazon. Dissenting opinions sometimes do become the basis for a change of direction by the Court, but I’m pretty sure that no Federal… Read more »

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Entering a New Phase Of Ridiculous

by Jim Cicconi

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

The other day FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn challenged participants in the debate over net neutrality and reclassification to cool down their rhetoric.  The same day, Free Press launched a website accusing telecom and cable companies of “corruption.”  This has followed weeks of screeching rhetoric accusing the FCC Chairman of essentially the same thing – simply… Read more »

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