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AT&T New "Network Neutrality" Concessions are Laughable

Lauren Weinstein's Blog (
Mon, 01 Jan 2007 15:54:53 -0600

Greetings. Wire services are reporting that AT&T has offered a set of
new "concessions" to the FCC in hopes of gaining quick approval for
AT&T's merger with BellSouth, as the march continues toward
resurrecting the "glory" days of the telecom oligarchy.

Many observers appear to feel that these concessions, relating to a
number of different areas of contention, will hasten quick FCC
approval, perhaps within days.

Unfortunately, from any sort of realistic perspective, the concessions
being discussed are laughable in terms of their actual impact. They
would have little if any lasting effect, and if history is any guide,
will be used as excuses to justify future anticompetitive behaviors.

In particular, AT&T's offer to abide by some Internet "network
neutrality principles" for a reported 24 months is utterly worthless.
The sorts of abuses that genuine network neutrality legislation is
meant to prevent are not a matter of the next two years, they are
serious risks that would likely have negative repercussions for

It is crucial that we do not allow these sorts of sucker-bait offers
to distract us from the critical need for effective Internet network
neutrality legislation at the federal level.

More on this next year. Have a great New Year's Day!

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