The following may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“In light of the limited information that has been publicly disclosed, AT&T supports the call for additional review and public comment on the FCC’s modified set-top box proposal. We have always said that this complicated technology mandate is unnecessary given the rapidly expanding applications-based marketplace.  No FCC proceeding in recent years has drawn more unified opposition and bipartisan expressions of concern. Important questions remain about the scope of the FCC’s authority as well as the complex framework proposed in this item, and about the significant impact it could have on existing statutory privacy, copyright and licensing protections.  These concerns all suggest that this proposal needs to be brought from the back rooms of the FCC into the sunlight to ensure that consumers continue to receive the innovative video products the marketplace has already been delivering.”

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