Broadband

by Mike Masnick


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Companies:
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Why Not? AT&T Adds Its Name To The Pile Of Lawsuits Against The FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

from the pile-on! dept

On Monday, the FCC's net neutrality rules officially went into the Federal Register, which was also known as the starters' gun for rushing to the courthouse to sue the FCC over those rules. Trade group USTelecom got there first with its filing, while a bunch of other trade groups, representing big cable companies (NCTAA), small cable companies (ACA) and big wireless companies (CTIA -- ignoring the claims of its members Sprint and T-Mobile) were right behind them. Not to be left out, AT&T has also formally sued the FCC using the same basic complaint ("arbitrary and capricious, yo!")

There had been some idle speculation that the big broadband companies might sit this one out directly, and rather let their lobbying trade groups handle the fun, but AT&T apparently couldn't take the risk of letting those other groups fight this fight, just in case they chickened out. Of course, there is some irony in the fact that AT&T was apparently among those who were most pissed off at Verizon for suing over the previous rules, since that's what led to these new rules. Either way, expect the various lawsuits to get consolidated before too long. And then expect years of fighting before we get a final ruling and lots of whining and complaining in between.

And, just think, instead of spending all that money on lawyers and press releases about future plans to deliver faster broadband, AT&T could actually be investing in building a better network for its subscribers. But what fun is that? According to Wall Street's view... it's no fun at all. They'd much rather AT&T fight against rules that say they have to treat consumers right, rather than actually working hard to treat consumers right.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Apr 2015 @ 4:07pm

    It's actions like that ensure that if there ever comes some serious competition at a reasonable price I will change providers from the standard fixed monopolies to someone else.

    These major telcos have reason to worry when Google comes to town. Heaven help them should towns and cities decide they can indeed put in their own fiber and become a provider in their own right.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Apr 2015 @ 4:12pm

    Out in the distance you can see AT&T approaching. They brought their sacrificial goats and their mystics to wave their sticks decrying "These rules will kill EVERYTHING! We must sacrifice these goats and the FCC to appease the gods that have been angered by the FCC daring to do it's job."

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Apr 2015 @ 4:32pm

    Surprised they waited..

    Worked for AT&T.. Not surprised they're doing it.. Just surprised they waited this long. Terrible company, with a heartless leadership.. I remember in the wake of hurricane Katrina AT&T ran a 'charity' where it collected money from customers that it promised to 'give to Katrina victims' - instead it used that money to repair its damaged network.


    I guess what they were giving to Katrina victims was cell service.. That's the type of thinking the AT&T big wigs have.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Apr 2015 @ 4:55pm

    Whenever a person is forced to adapt the first reaction is to usually deny the truth of the situation and double-down on trying to prevent the change from coming. In the end only the agile stay alive and thrive. Since companies are now individuals I guess this response was expected.

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    Namel3ss (profile), 15 Apr 2015 @ 5:49pm

    "And, just think, instead of spending all that money on lawyers and press releases about future plans to deliver faster broadband, AT&T could actually be investing in building a better network for its subscribers. But what fun is that?"

    This. So much this.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Apr 2015 @ 7:15pm

    For Freedomâ„¢!

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    spodula, 16 Apr 2015 @ 1:18am

    All adds to the delay.

    I suspect this is a holding action until they can get their pet legislators to do something.

    Either a law giving the benefits of Title II without the responsibilities, or just disbanding the FCC altogether.

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 Apr 2015 @ 9:48am

      Re: All adds to the delay.

      This all part of the game. They fight for no rules as long as they can while they put together the plan to craft the rules such that they make it next to impossible for anyone else to enter the market as a competitor.

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