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

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…

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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…

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Facts Are Indeed Stubborn Things

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…

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A Balanced Framework for the Internet

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…

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Reclassification Redux

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

I had the pleasure yesterday of engaging in the blogosphere’s version of a friendly local pub discussion over pints with the estimable Harold Feld of Public Knowledge. As is often the case when I read Harold, I learned a few things, the most interesting of which is that we appear to agree on an important…

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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…

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AT&T on Comcast v. FCC Decision

by Margaret Boles

Assistant Vice President 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 may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “AT&T made a commitment to abide by the FCC’s Open Internet Principles when they were first formulated in 2005, and we will continue to do so. Those facts have not…

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Boxes Tumbling Down

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…

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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…

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