AT&T Responds, Again, to Wireless Bureau’s Sponsored Data Inquiry

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on December 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

The following statement may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“As we explain (again) in the response provided to the Wireless Bureau today, the video entertainment marketplace is ripe for disruptive change, which is exactly why consumers have enthusiastically embraced Data Free TV in all its competitive forms. That enthusiasm has caused competitors to react with additional consumer-friendly video offerings, like the T-Mobile offer announced today. And although the Commission has decided to apply Title II to broadband services, the Wireless Bureau’s analysis of AT&T’s sponsored data platform abandons decades of Title II jurisprudence to raise questions about a service that undeniably increases choice and lowers costs for video consumers. This is exactly the type of pro-consumer benefit that the DirecTV acquisition was designed to achieve.

“We also note that the concerns being raised are not those of the FCC – which would require that the Commissioners be given an opportunity to consider the analysis – but rather those solely of the Bureau Staff. As we explain in the filing today, Bureau Staff lacks the authority to take action on a matter presenting new or novel questions of law or policy – something this inquiry indisputably does given that the Internet conduct standard at issue here prescribes no clear rules of any kind, and the Bureau’s novel interpretation of that provision guts decades of regulatory and competition policy precedent.”

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