We recently pointed out AT&T's amazing ability to take two totally opposite positions concerning "competition" and government involvement, depending on which side it was on. However, here's an even more striking case. Back when AT&T was known as SBC (not so long ago...), you may recall CEO Ed Whitacre trashing any talk of muni-broadband. Specifically, he talked about how important it was to lobby against muni-broadband, because he didn't want his tax dollars going to fund broadband and he didn't think it was fair for competition. Apparently, that doesn't apply when he and his company are the beneficiaries. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that residents in Bedford Park are all about to be offered free, tax-payer supported DSL, provided by none other than AT&T. Suddenly, it appears, AT&T has no problem whatsoever with muni-broadband -- even if it's entirely supported by tax dollars and allows them to unfairly compete with the local cable company, who offers a paid cable modem service. So, does this mean the company will stop trying to have its own former employee, now-Congressperson pass legislation banning any kind of muni-broadband? Or will they stop lobbying against other types of muni-broadband, even when they're not at all tax payer supported? Somehow, it seems unlikely.
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