Looks like AT&T may be fighting a losing battle in opposing the Federal Communications Commission's proposed rules on net neutrality. The company may have asked employees to lobby against net neutrality on its behalf, but the big names and increasing number of those who support the proposition will be tough to overcome.
According to FierceWireless, the telecom giant's chief lobbyist, Jim Cicconi, sent a letter to all AT&T employees asking them to voice their concerns to the FCC before Thursday's vote on the new rules. The letter said, in part, "Those who seek to impose extreme regulations on the network are flooding the site to influence the FCC. It's now time for you to voice your opinion!"
One of the "talking points" employees were asked to consider using in their communication with the FCC is that the rules adopted should "apply equally to network providers, search engines and other information services providers."
Unfortunately for AT&T and other traditional telecom network providers, the list of those who have registered their support of the proposed regulations is growing. Most recently, a group made up of a virtual who's who in Internet origins joined the list. According to ChannelWeb, such Internet forefathers as Vint Cerf, David Reed, Stephen Crocker, David Lynch and Lauren Weinstein wrote FCC chairman Julius Genachowski to encourage him to continue his effort to "protect and maintain the Internet's unique openness."
When the very people responsible for helping to create the Internet are supporting efforts to regulate it, it stands to reason that those regulations have become necessary to maintain the tool as it was intended to be used,