Entering a New Phase Of Ridiculous

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…

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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”)…

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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.”…

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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. The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson:  “Today’s decision by the FCC is troubling and, in many respects, unsettling. It will create investment uncertainty at a time when certainty is…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Pickett’s Charge Redux

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,…

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Announcing the Free Press Contest for Excellence in Nonsensical Abstractions

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

UPDATE: The contest has ended. To view the winning entry please check here. In 2006, then Senator Ted Stevens was pilloried for comparing the Internet to “a series of tubes.”  Today, a Free Press spokesman has done him one better. According to Free Press, “the ‘Internet’ is not the wires that deliver the content and applications,…

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