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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Hiding the Internet Ball

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

“To define is to limit.” Or so said Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray.   When it comes to regulating the Internet, however, the FCC is apparently unwilling to define its regulatory limits. In its “Third Way” NOI, the FCC did not define the Internet transmission service (what it dubs “Internet Connectivity Service”)… Read more »

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The Third Way: The Unpacked Director’s Cut

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

The problem with the Open Internet fight generally and the Title II fiasco specifically is that fiction tends to trump facts in the debate.  It’s understandable.  It’s easier sometimes to understand and write about the vague and empty rhetoric than it is to unpack the facts and legal framework that lie at the heart of… Read more »

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Investment: Compared to What?

by Jeanine Poltronieri

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In the FCC’s 14th Annual Wireless Competition Report, the Commission spends a lot of time discussing investment. It also delves into profits. Now, before your eyes glaze over, stick with me on this. I’ll try to be brief. The Commission analyzes capital investment and concludes that it is “robust” but “declining relative to industry size.”… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC NOI

by Margaret Boles

Director of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today moved forward, in a 3-2 vote, to consider subjecting broadband Internet services to Title II phone regulations. Attribute the following statement to AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs, Jim Cicconi: “Today’s decision by the FCC is troubling and, in many respects, unsettling. It will create investment uncertainty… Read more »

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The FCC: Having Its Forbearance Cake and Eating It Too

Authored by Paul Mancini, AT&T Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel Over the last month, various members of the FCC and others have publicly promoted the agency’s proposal to change the classification of broadband Internet access service.  In a nutshell, the FCC wants to take broadband Internet access service out of the competitive-oriented Title… Read more »

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A Teachable Moment

by Michael Balmoris

Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

We hope everyone enjoyed our little contest and took it in the spirit it was offered – a playful reminder that the internet is more than an app or service or bits of content.  After years of debate over and discussion of the issue of “net neutrality,” we would hope that all sides recognize that… Read more »

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Fantasy Baseball Prediction League

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Harold Feld has an interesting response to Bob Quinn’s recent Pickett’s Charge blog post. While Harold makes a number of points, I want to focus on one in particular. Under the heading of “Argument #2,” he raises questions about what other services might be pulled into the kind of classification analysis that his Fantasy Baseball… Read more »

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Pickett’s Charge Redux

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

I’ve had some time to step back a bit from last week’s FCC announcement,  in which the Chairman and General Counsel laid out a plan to go down the path of applying 75 year-old monopoly voice (Title II) regulation to the 21st century broadband Internet.  I have to admit that while some issues have crystallized,… Read more »

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