AT&T’s Hultquist on USF Reform

by Margaret Boles

Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Federal Media Relations

On Friday, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory Hank Hultquist sat down with Cecilia Kang of the Washington Post to discuss universal service.  Click here to watch the full interview on Cecilia’s blog, where she headlines his view that, as universal service transitions to broadband support, entities that benefit commercially from the broadband Internet should contribute…

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Commission (Almost) Bites Dog: Or the (not so) Hidden Meaning of the FCC’s Broadband Report

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

When I first heard that the FCC’s 6th 706 report would find, for the first time, that broadband in the U.S. was not being deployed in a reasonable and timely manner, I wondered, half in jest, whether the FCC would single itself out for blame as the culprit responsible for this unfortunate situation. To my…

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The USF Beat – Part 2: The Mississippi and Alabama Situation

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

My previous blog post examined how a wireless provider like AT&T mobility ended up getting money from the Federal Universal Service Fund (USF), and why AT&T continues to receive money from a fund which it has been urging the FCC to reform for years. In this blog, I take a closer look at the USF…

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Walking the USF Beat

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

If, like me, you’re in a sports fan diaspora (i.e., you grew up someplace else and continue to follow the teams you rooted for when you were a kid), you’re probably familiar with the feeling you get when the local paper has a full-length article about one of your teams.  It’s a mix of excitement…

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AT&T Statement on USF Bill

Today, U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Lee Terry introduced the Universal Service Reform Act of 2010. The following may be attributed to AT&T’s Executive Vice President-Federal Relations, Tim McKone: “AT&T applauds Chairman Boucher and Rep. Terry for their determined efforts to bring the benefits of…

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FCC Proposes to Transition the Universal Service Fund

by Hank Hultquist

Vice President of Federal Regulatory

The Washington Post reports today that the FCC has proposed transitioning the Universal Service Fund, which currently supports the phone network, into a 21st-century fund that supports broadband. We think this is a great idea – in fact, 20 months ago today we filed a proposal at the FCC recommending just such a transition: In…

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