AT&T Statement on FCC’s Decision to Delay Vote on Set-Top Box Proposal

The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory: “In light of the limited information that has been publicly disclosed, AT&T supports the call for additional review and public comment on the FCC’s modified set-top box proposal. We have always said that this complicated technology mandate is unnecessary given…

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FCC’s Set-Top Box Proposal Still Plagued by Copyright and Privacy Concerns

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs

The FCC’s latest set-top box proposal has recognized what we have been saying all along – apps are the future and, in fact, the here and now. Apps are how consumers watch television today and how Hulu, Amazon and Netflix have created their businesses. Apps allow innovation to flourish, while protecting privacy, security and copyright….

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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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Regulation over Innovation…Again?

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs

Yesterday, 60 members of Congress joined an already significant chorus of bipartisan Congressional voices questioning the impact that Google’s set-top box proposal will have on consumers and the broader video marketplace.  This time the focus was on the negative impact the Google proposal would have on the ability of smaller/rural video providers to continue innovating…

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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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The FCC’s Misguided Quest

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

In comments filed on Friday in the FCC’s set-top box proceeding, we observe that, like an old general fighting the last war, this Commission seems to be making its stand for a technology that is rapidly being supplanted. As Tim Cook has said, and as almost everyone knows, the future of TV is apps. But…

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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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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…

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Of Double Standards And Situational Policy

by Jim Cicconi

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

After weeks of spin denying that his set top box proposal would create a black hole for privacy protections, the FCC Chairman now tells us not to worry because he will insist that Google “voluntarily” commit to the same privacy protections to which the rest of us are bound by FCC rules. This astounding statement…

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