AT&T Statement Regarding Open Internet Legislation

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “After months of hard work, we were pleased to reach an agreement with Chairmen Waxman and Boucher on compromise legislation that would ensure the openness of the Internet while protecting investment – all without new, intrusive FCC regulation. While we are disappointed that it was not…

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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 may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “This poll demonstrates once again what most everyone involved with the…

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Our Commitment to the Open Internet

by Margaret Boles

Assistant Vice President 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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