AT&T on Universal Service, Intercarrier Compensation Reform

You may attribute the following statement to AT&T’s Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory & Chief Privacy Officer Bob Quinn: “For far too long, the FCC has wrestled with updating the universal service and intercarrier compensation rules for the broadband era.  Absent reform, these rules will simply loiter on to foster more litigation and arbitrage, and ultimately…

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Who Knows Broadband Speeds? Sam Knows.

by Bob Quinn

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

So, the FCC/Sam Knows “Measuring Broadband America” speed test is finally finished and guess what?  The Sam Knows results, which measured the actual speeds provided by ISPs to their subscribers, demonstrates that American consumers are getting the broadband speeds they’re paying for.  For example, most major broadband providers deliver actual speeds that are “generally 80%…

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AT&T Statement on USF and ICC Reform

The FCC officially began its process today to modernize its telephone subsidy programs, the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) system.   The comments we filed today highlight the urgent need to update these policies if the Commission hopes to achieve its National Broadband Plan goals.  The following statement may be attributed to AT&T’s…

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Happy Birthday NBP

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

As we gear up for tomorrow’s event at Georgetown University marking the one-year anniversary of the National Broadband Plan, I guess the inevitable question is, are we there yet? Well, not exactly. But after a somewhat slow start, the FCC has really picked up the pace in the last few months on one of the…

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Closing the Gap on Tribal Lands

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Tomorrow, the FCC will meet to consider three related items that focus on increasing the deployment of telecommunications services on Tribal Lands.  One of those items will specifically explore a range of recommendations to help close the wireless gap on Tribal Lands. Wireless and broadband deployment continue to present unique challenges for many Tribal Lands…

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Panel Debates Universal Service for Broadband

By Joel Lubin, AT&T Vice President of Public Policy Last Wednesday, the Congressional Internet Caucus sponsored a panel discussion on the key hurdle to bringing broadband to all Americans – universal service and intercarrier compensation reform.  If you weren’t able to make the Congressional event you missed a riveting discussion (and no, we’re not being facetious)….

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Changing Regulation For the 21st Century

by Bob Quinn

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

I was watching Almost Famous last week with my fifteen-year-old son, Matt.  In one of the scenes, William Mitchell (the Cameron Crowe character) is furiously typing up his story for Rolling Stone magazine on an electric typewriter in his bedroom.  Matt watched for a moment, turned to me and said, “What is THAT.”  I laughed…

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It Was 15 Years Ago Today….

by Bob Quinn

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

Maybe that doesn’t have the toe tapping groove of the opening line from Sgt. Pepper but it seems a fitting way to mark the 15th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.  And, maybe the occasion won’t get the same play that Facebook got for its 7th anniversary last week, but that law was the first…

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