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

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

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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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

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

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

Assistant Vice President 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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