Anchor Institutions or a Digital Bridge to Nowhere?

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

One of the most important issues that the FCC should examine in considering a proposal to expand its E-rate programs, is the issue of “dark fiber.” Dark fiber refers to fiber optic cable that has not been activated, or “lit,” for use. Some people are saying that the FCC should expand E-rate by expending limited Universal…

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AT&T’s Cicconi on Net Neutrality Before Congressional Hearing

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today held a hearing on H.J. Res 37, disapproving of the FCC’s net neutrality order, which the Commission adopted in December.  Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, delivered the following statement: Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Eshoo, Chairman Upton, Chairman Waxman, Chairman…

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AT&T Statement on Proposed FCC Rules to Preserve an Open Internet

Background – The FCC has announced that it will address proposed rules to preserve the open Internet at its December 21st Open Meeting. The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “The prospect of net neutrality regulation has lingered as a very real threat to industry investment and jobs for several years.  Obviously, AT&T’s…

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Virtue Lies in the Middle Ground

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

This week, Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, gave a much anticipated speech before the European Summit on the Open Internet and Net Neutrality.  Taking stock of the debate thus far, Vice President Kroes outlined the important pillars of her policy judgment on net neutrality. She stressed the importance of avoiding regulation…

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When Apps Attack

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Federal Regulatory Relations

Anyone who believes that FCC-mandated net neutrality could or should be applied to wireless networks ought to read Mike Dano’s recent article at FierceWireless.  Dano’s focus is an FCC filing earlier this year by T-Mobile which described in detail the damage caused by a poorly designed instant messaging app that pinged the network with substantial frequency creating…

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Fox, Cablevision and the Demise of the Terminating Monopoly

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Day three of “House” Held Hostage. While many (ok, just a few) folks are focused on the fate of “House,” the medical TV drama on Fox, we here in Tech/Telecom Policy Land are watching a sea change in what the Fox/Cablevision drama is telling us about the net neutrality debate. Earlier this year, we filed…

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Harold Feld is Right (About Some Things)

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Kudos to Public Knowledge’s Harold Feld for sharpening his lawyer pencil and addressing some of the legal issues around the (apparently) fascinating issue of “paid prioritization.” In a recent blog post, Harold explained how, under Title II, the FCC might approach various business models that include payment for prioritization. Harold’s basic point was that the…

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“I Want my QoS!”

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I had the honor of participating in a terrific panel the other day at ITIF. The panel was about the idea of “managed services,” and much of the discussion focused on the value of QoS (quality of service) and prioritization on the Internet. Happily, it was a dogma-free zone.  But, unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped some from…

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