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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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

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

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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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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