AT&T Statement on FCC’s
Proposed IP Transition Rules

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on November 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Please attribute the following to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer:

“The principles the FCC’s IP Transition NPRM seeks to uphold – public safety, reliability, universal connectivity, competition and consumer protections – should be implemented in a manner that reflects the many marketplace and technological developments that today are driving the transition to next generation networks.  Customers are demanding higher speeds and more capacity, and a vibrant, competitive environment exists to provide robust, innovative options. The success of what Chairman Wheeler describes as the Fourth Network Revolution can be achieved by adapting the FCC’s technology transition framework in recognition of these realities while preserving the ability for all industry participants to continue to invest in faster and better Internet for consumers.”

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s
Spectrum Policy Actions

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on September 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

You may attribute the following to Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“To meet soaring consumer demand for mobile Internet services and to maintain a robust platform for innovative mobile services, rational spectrum policies and bold action are vital. The spectrum-related items adopted by the FCC today represent significant progress towards reaching these important goals.

“Wireless carriers need a clear and reliable understanding of when and under what circumstances spectrum acquisitions will be permitted, something we do not have today. With today’s FCC action, spectrum policy can now be taken out of merger-specific proceedings, placed in an industry-wide, open and transparent proceeding, and ultimately subjected to judicial review.

“And equally important is bringing new spectrum allocations to market and maximizing carrier participation in auctions to ensure that they are successful.  We look forward to working with the FCC to free up new spectrum bands for mobile broadband services.”

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AT&T on Cybersecurity Legislation

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on March 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

The following may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:

“We commend the Senators for introducing the Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology Act, and for their leadership in addressing a critically important issue for the U.S. economy.

“Successfully combating cyber threats ensures businesses can operate on the Internet and consumers can do their business online safely and securely.

“Cybersecurity is a complex challenge, requiring a collective and collaborative effort from everyone in the Internet industry and government. As the legislative process moves forward, we will continue to work with the Congress and others to keep consumers and businesses safe from cyber threats.”

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Keeping the Internet Safe

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer:

“Keeping the Internet safe for consumers to browse, transact business and communicate is an important objective not only for AT&T but any other business that operates online. 

“AT&T has a long history of working with the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies of federal and state government, and importantly other network providers to keep the Internet secure.  We have also supported prior Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) recommendations designed to further Internet security, and we are actively participating in the current CSRIC working groups.  Once the recommendations have been completely reviewed by the working groups and approved by the full CSRIC, we will evaluate those recommendations for implementation into our network. 

“By FCC design, the CSRIC is narrowly focused on the role of ISPs and network companies. But, as with all issues concerning Internet security, a collective effort is required from a variety of stakeholders that includes not only ISPs and network providers, but also application developers, equipment providers, software companies and other businesses operating in the online community.  We look forward to participating in a broader eco-system discussion, such as what has been proposed by the Commerce Department and NTIA.”

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AT&T Statement on Incentive
Spectrum Auction Legislation

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:

“We applaud House and Senate negotiators for doing something truly important to our Nation – successfully crafting major spectrum legislation.  Our company has been working on this with key leaders in both chambers for over a year, and the members involved should be proud of what they’ve achieved.  In particular, we are pleased that despite opposing voices, the legislation will not only free up more spectrum, but will finally provide public safety with the spectrum it needs to do its vital work.  Access to more spectrum will also help AT&T continue to create more jobs and support next-generation services for our customers.

“In our industry, there has been much focus in recent weeks on whether the FCC should or should not be able to exclude qualified wireless carriers from bidding in these spectrum auctions.  The final legislation speaks clearly on this point:  the FCC may not do so as part of any auction proceeding.  Instead, it could only make such a decision through a separate public rulemaking with general industry applicability, and not through the backdoor of special auction rules.  This provides procedural safeguards, and also an opportunity for a court challenge.  We take the FCC Chairman at his word when he says there is no intent to have closed auctions that deny AT&T and other carriers the ability to fairly and fully participate, but we also feel it important that Congress has now made its views clear as well.

“We also want to commend Chairmen Upton and Walden for not only asserting the right of the Congress to set policy when it comes to auctions, but also for showing a willingness to deal with the FCC’s concerns about procedural flexibility in its conduct of those auctions.  We believe their language strikes the right balance between all these concerns, and are pleased with the outcome, which is very significant for our industry and our country.”

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