Making Mobility Fund II Work

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

As part of the Connect America Fund (CAF), the FCC created the Mobility Fund – a universal service support mechanism dedicated exclusively to mobile services – and in 2012 held the first Mobility Fund (MFI) auction. Since that time, the FCC has gained substantial experience with other CAF programs, including CAF I and II. So,…

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A 21st Century Safety Net

by Jim Cicconi

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

Tomorrow, the Senate Commerce Committee will convene a hearing on the future of the FCC’s Lifeline program.  Given the recent GAO report on the program and the FCC report on the broadband Lifeline trial, some folks might argue that Lifeline is irreversibly broken and incapable of accomplishing any credible goals.  While I would agree that…

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Critical of CAF in the 10th Circuit

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Yesterday, more than two years after the FCC adopted transformational reforms of universal service and intercarrier compensation, critics of that order (which include AT&T on a single, discrete intercarrier compensation issue) finally had their day in court. And by all reports it was a long and exhausting day with more than two dozen lawyers arguing…

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Anchor Institutions or a Digital Bridge to Nowhere?

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

One of the most important issues that the FCC should examine in considering a proposal to expand its E-rate programs, is the issue of “dark fiber.” Dark fiber refers to fiber optic cable that has not been activated, or “lit,” for use. Some people are saying that the FCC should expand E-rate by expending limited Universal…

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AT&T to Deploy Broadband Under FCC’s Connect America Fund Program

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

Today, we informed the FCC that AT&T is willing to accept up to $100 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase 1 to deploy broadband to approximately 129,000 locations that lack any fixed broadband service of at least 768 kbps/200 kbps. Last year, AT&T declined the CAF support that was available to it, due…

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Repealing De-Regulation: How Not to Build a Roadmap Towards an All-IP World

by Bob Quinn

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

The FCC has circulated an order that would undo more than 12 years of Clinton-era, deregulatory pricing policy on legacy non-packet services.  The services in question are called “special access” services – 95% of which are slow 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) TDM (think POTS) services.  That is not a misprint.  We are not talking about 100…

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AT&T Statement on FCC USF Lifeline Program Order and Further Notice

Attribute the following statement to AT&T’s Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer, Bob Quinn: “Reform of the government’s universal service Lifeline program is long overdue.  The Lifeline program administered by the FCC is growing at an alarming rate – the fund had 33% year-over-year growth from 2010 to 2011 alone and has more…

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AT&T on FCC’s USF/ICC Order

Washington, DC –The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted an Order to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Inter-Carrier Compensation (ICC) rules for the broadband era. You may attribute the following statement to AT&T’s Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory & Chief Privacy Officer Bob Quinn:  “The FCC today took an important step in transforming…

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Comcast and the Throes of Addiction

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

It’s time to chalk up another victim to the addictive qualities of access charges. For more than a decade, cable companies have fought vigorously to avoid entanglement of their broadband IP networks with common carrier regulation.  Now, for less than a penny a minute, Comcast seems ready to say “the heck with all that.” In…

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