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AT&T's Attempt to Sway FCC Net Neutrality Vote Seems Desperate

Lora Bentley

Good grief, AT&T. Get over it, already.

 

ZDNet reports the telecom giant submitted yet another letter to the Federal Communications Commission outlining the problems it sees with proposed net neutrality rules and the fact that search juggernaut Google appears to be offering telecom services without playing by the rules.

 

I understand the vote is coming up next week and that company officials are genuinely concerned about the implications. But AT&T has presented its position to the FCC already. Unless the latest one adds something new, another letter seems like overkill. ZDNet's Sam Diaz characterizes it as a "last Hail Mary Pass" before the commission votes. He points out that in trying to "cover all its bases" AT&T is actually muddying the waters regarding which argument it really wants to make. As Diaz puts it, "That means that, at times, it's hard to follow which arguments it's trying to make -- the one about Google Voice or the one about net neutrality."

 

Diaz thinks the company went a little too far by mentioning the Benedictine nuns whose calls Google Voice blocks because they're in a rural area. I agree with him. That's nothing but a turn-off.

 

Frankly, if I were making the decisions next week, I would be tempted to come down on the opposite side just because AT&T seems so desperate. But, thankfully, that duty falls to FCC commissioners and not me.


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