The Privacy Misdirection

by Bob Quinn

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

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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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Privacy Regulation: Symmetry or Asymmetry?

by Bob Quinn

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

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… Read more »

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Congress, Not the Courts, Should Decide Apple Case

By David McAtee, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel Today, AT&T filed a “friend of the court” brief with the magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, urging the court to vacate its order requiring Apple to take some fairly extraordinary steps to assist the FBI in… Read more »

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Set-Top Box Proposal

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “A visionary might have started a proceeding today to ask how the consumer driven application economy could accelerate placing the set-top box onto the same path to the technology scrap heap as Black & White Televisions,  Betamaxes, VCRs, iPods and… Read more »

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Exposing Some Myths about Google’s Set-Top Box Proposal

by Stacy Fuller

Vice President of Government Affairs

In the set-top box debate that has erupted, there is a clear and widely supported desire to give consumers an alternative to leased set-top boxes.  Everyone wants consumers to have more choices, and we are moving in that direction. Apps from pay-TV providers are now available alongside apps from streaming services on more than 450… Read more »

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AT&T CEO on President Obama’s New Cybersecurity Plan

The following statement may be attributed to Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO: “We applaud the White House’s new national action plan to strengthen our country’s defenses against cybersecurity attacks that threaten our online privacy and our economy. The security of our digital economy and individual privacy requires end-to-end protection at every level and device connected… Read more »

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Remarks of Jim Cicconi at the Emerging Issues Policy Forum: 2016 Digital Pathway Summit

The following are remarks of Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, as prepared for delivery at the Emerging Issues Policy Forum: 2016 Digital Pathway Summit, Amelia Island, Florida, Thursday, January 14, 2016: Thank you, it’s a pleasure to be among so many friends.  I’d like to give you an… Read more »

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