Reversing Obama’s FCC Regulations: A Path to Consumer-Friendly Privacy Protections

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs

Given the Beltway reaction to the commendable work by Congress to reverse the FCC’s off-course privacy rules, it’s worth taking a step back to see what’s really going on.  First and foremost, all of the rhetoric that asserts – without any factual support – that the CRA vote suddenly eliminated consumer privacy protections is just plain wrong….

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AT&T Statement on Protecting Customers’ Privacy Rights

Today, in a petition to stay the Federal Communications Commission’s flawed privacy rules, several associations representing U.S. internet service providers (ISPs) released detailed principles, fully supported by AT&T, that reaffirm ISPs’ commitment to protecting customers’ privacy online. The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T has…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Privacy Order

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “AT&T has long been committed to a clear and transparent approach to ensuring that the privacy rights of our customers are protected. For this reason, AT&T is pleased that the FCC listened to the parties to this proceeding, including the…

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AT&T Statement on Bogus Set-Top Box Privacy Complaint

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “AT&T’s use of anonymous and aggregate set-top box information is entirely consistent with the statute. Our disclosures tell our customers exactly how we use that data and provide tools for customers to opt out.  Frankly, this complaint…

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The Privacy Misdirection

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs

Today, we will file our official comments in the Commission’s privacy proceeding. The fundamental message will be that the FCC should follow the FTC’s lead and adopt a notice and consent framework for privacy that is entirely consistent with the FTC framework that has governed since the inception of the Internet.  That is contrary to…

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Google Set-Top Box Filing Reveals Anti-Consumer Double Standard

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs: “Google’s argument exposes that their proposal makes absolutely no sense from a policy standpoint. What they suggest, amazingly, is that a customer’s info will have onerous restrictions and be subject to opt-in requirements if they use our…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Actions on Lifeline, Privacy

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “Notwithstanding the controversy that occurred over the Lifeline action at today’s meeting, positive steps were taken to move Lifeline into the 21st century by beginning the transition of the program from voice to broadband. The agency also started the…

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Something Amiss in Washington

by Len Cali

Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy

Last week, I had the privilege of participating in the Digital Economy: Chances and Challenges conference in Prague. The Czech national regulatory authority, Česky telekomunikační úrad (“CTU”), under the leadership of Chairman Jaromir Novak, organized the conference jointly with ICANN. The gathering offered me an opportunity to share AT&T’s view on innovation and regulation. Even…

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Privacy Regulation: Symmetry or Asymmetry?

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs

Last week, the five associations representing virtually all wireline and (non-WISP) mobile ISPs submitted a joint proposal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on how to address the implications of applying Section 222 to broadband Internet access in the wake of the FCC’s ill-advised 2015 Title II Order.  As the filing explains, ISPs do not…

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