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AT&T's Quinn on what Title II looks like, in volumes:

What does Title II look like? Here's Bob Quinn, senior vice president of AT&T's federal regulatory affairs in his Washington office showing us.

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By by Cecilia Kang  |  April 14, 2010; 8:13 AM ET
 | Tags: AT&T, Bob Quinn, Business, Title II  
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Hey, you do know that the volumes he pointed to is all of the FCC's rules in the Code of Federal Regulations, rules that include those stemming from title II, as well as all the other laws that Congress applied to broadcast, cable, satellite, wireless cellular, etc...

Title II itself takes up 110 pages in a small book. And whats more, the FCC will not apply the majority of that to ISPs if they reclassify, they will only apply the first single page -- sections 201 and 202.

Quinn of course knows this, but when you are a professional liar, things are hard on the soul and body. Just look at all those pharmaceuticals on his desk by the CFR.

Posted by: DottieBunch | April 14, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

No comment on the pharmaceuticals or professional liar claim, but everything else that Dottie said is true.

Does Quinn really think classification of broadband access as a basic transmission service will make the Part 73 (broadcast) and Part 76 (cable) rules applicable? How about the Part 15 rules for radio devices, or the Part 87 rules for aviation services?

I know this is supposed to be a light-hearted little episode, but whether intended as humorous or not it's wholly misleading.

Posted by: mattfwood | April 14, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I recognize those bottles as mouthwash, contact lens solution, Flintstones vitamins, and vitamins C and E. Gotta stay healthy. Hey, whatever happened to the Swine Flu?

I think this is great tech policy coverage but in the background there is also a lot of political campaign contributions going on. Not just AT&T but everyone. How does that affect the access these guys get to Congress?

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Posted by: itkonlyyou5 | April 14, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

The mess of regulations is actually bigger than the books that Quinn shows, because the books don't include all of the orders, case law, etc. Big telecommunications companies literally have buildings full of lawyers to handle regulatory matters. Smaller competitors? Well, there may not be any if the Internet is regulated under Title II. They won't be able to afford the legal costs. They'd die out faster than the CLECs. So much for choice and competition!

Posted by: LBrettGlass | April 17, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

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