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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:54 pm 
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AT&T calls for an ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ for ‘all Internet companies’

AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson has today shared an open letter titled Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights. In the letter, Stephenson shares his ideas for how to “end the debate [on net neutrality] once and for all” and states that AT&T is “committed to an open Internet.” Meanwhile, critics are voicing their opinions… ... of-rights/

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:55 am 
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AT&T is a bit like the confederacy, after getting torn to pieces by Judge Green, they've longed to re-take the entirety of the communications world in the US.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:41 am 
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AT&T’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ idea is just a power play against Google and Facebook ... -facebook/

AT&T has placed a few full-page ads explaining that it is pro-net neutrality, it has always been pro-net neutrality and that Congress once and for all should enshrine net neutrality principles in law.

No, it’s not opposite day. This is a clever play by AT&T aimed not at protecting users, but kneecapping edge providers like Facebook and Google. It’s like the fox calling for a henhouse bill of rights.

First, the idea that AT&T is in favor of net neutrality — the net neutrality we all had and enjoyed — is laughable.

The company fought tooth and nail against the 2015 rules while they were being prepared, fought them while they were in force and fought for their rollback and replacement with the new, weaker ones. It fought against municipal broadband, pushed the limits of what constitutes a violation of net neutrality and, of course, the blockage of FaceTime on its network is one of the textbook cases of why we need it in the first place.

Gigi Sohn, once former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s counselor, isn’t having it. “They’ve done everything in their power to undermine consumer protections, competition, municipal broadband… it’s hypocrisy to the tenth degree,” she told me.


What AT&T is trying to do here is put all internet companies in the same bag, bringing down regulations on a hated rival (edge providers) just after escaping the regulations placed on its own industry. And the idea of shared net neutrality rules is the bait.

“This is absolutely nothing new,” Sohn told me. “For the last seven or eight years, [ISPs] have been saying, ‘Net neutrality? But what about these guys?’ But as powerful as Google and Amazon and Facebook are, they don’t provide access to the internet. They provide their services on the internet.”

The fundamental difference between these industries is plain for anyone to see. Do you regulate farms and grocery stores the same? Of course not. What about cars and gas stations? Don’t be ridiculous. Same for phone companies and the companies that use phones, and internet providers and companies that use the internet to provide things. These are overlapping, but very distinct, magisteria.


Yeah, the hypocrisy of AT & T here is palpable, given how many times they've already, under existing rules, been caught throttling data of users and sacrificing their privacy. Plus, the way they argued for the overturn of net neutrality in 2015 (of course, so did every ISP).

They care about their consumers' rights on the Internet ... funny, they often don't show it. (see: turning data over to the NSA, etc.)

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