The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:
“This case was never about the best way to get broadband into rural communities. It was about whether the FCC had legal authority to preempt state law. Despite clear Supreme Court precedent, and without explicit preemption authority in the statute – which the Supreme Court has said is necessary – the FCC nonetheless went forward. Tellingly, the Justice Department declined to defend the FCC’s actions in court.
“Now that the 6th Circuit has declared the FCC’s actions invalid, the agency should avoid creating further uncertainty in this area. We hope the FCC will instead refocus on its own conclusions and recommendations as laid out in its excellent National Broadband Plan. If it does, the FCC will find a ready partner in America’s broadband industry.”