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,… Read more »

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AT&T Response to FCC Chairman’s ‘A Third Way’ Broadband Announcement

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

We are deeply disappointed that, in order to deal with an adverse court decision, the FCC chairman has decided to subject all broadband facilities, including Internet backbones, to common carriage regulation under Title II.  We believe this is without legal basis.  Make no mistake—when it regulates the networks that comprise the Internet, the FCC is… Read more »

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The ‘Satanic Flashbulbs’ of Net Neutrality

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In 1925, a young Californian claimed to have been told by the angel Gabriel that the world would end at midnight on February 13th. A number of people believed this prophecy including a Long Island housepainter named Robert Reidt who assembled a hillside gathering of believers to meet their fate. When midnight came and went… Read more »

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Facts Are Indeed Stubborn Things

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

Today, like many others, we’ll file our reply comments in the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding.  While some are suggesting this deadline may be anticlimactic given the DC Circuit’s recent decision, I think it’s important—though perhaps for a different reason than most.  Here’s why. Those who argue the need for significant government regulation always bear a… Read more »

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A Balanced Framework for the Internet

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

The audience sitting in front of Neelie Kroes at ARCEP’s conference on net neutrality last week was largely European Internet and telecom executives and their regulators, but perhaps the more appropriate audience is located some 4000 miles to the west. Drawing on her deep experience as former EU Commissioner for Competition, the current Vice President of… Read more »

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The Myth of Broadband “Reclassification”

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate the FCC’s Comcast-BitTorrent order has a lot of people chattering, including a University of Michigan Law School professor, about how the FCC should “reclassify” broadband as a “Title II” service.  The belief is that such a move is necessary to either (a) extract the FCC from an “existential crisis,” or… Read more »

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AT&T on Comcast v. FCC Decision

by Margaret Boles

Director of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion on the Comcast v. FCC case. The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T made a commitment to abide by the FCC’s Open Internet Principles when they were first formulated in 2005, and… Read more »

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Boxes Tumbling Down

by Jim Cicconi

Former AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Retired September 2016

Yesterday, in a speech to the New Democrat Network, my friend Tom Tauke added some fuel to a simmering debate. I’m glad he did. Ever since the January oral argument in the Comcast-BitTorrent case, there’s been speculation about the FCC’s authority over broadband Internet services.  And as Tom reminds us, this question is linked to… Read more »

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Should Cisco Be Censured for its CRS-3 Innovation?

by Rich Clarke

Assistant Vice President of Public Policy

The last several years must have been very frustrating for the technology policy counselors at groups like the New America Foundation.  One of the main theses animating their continued recommendations for greater government regulation of the Internet is that the privately-owned IP networks that constitute the Internet will choose to starve it of transmission capacity… Read more »

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