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AT&T Holds Broadband Expansion Hostage Over Obama's Call For Net Neutrality

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AT&T Holds Broadband Expansion Hostage Over Obama's Call For Net Neutrality

AT&T is now officially throwing a corporate personhood tantrum over President Obama's call for real net neutrality regulations by the FCC.

ThinkProgress:

AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson told investors Wednesday the company “can’t go out and invest that kind of money deploying fiber to 100 cities not knowing under what rules those investments will be governed,” according to a Reuters report. “We think it is prudent to just pause and make sure we have line of sight and understanding as to what those rules would look like.”

AT&T planned on expanding fiber optic internet access in dozens of cities nationwide, which would give customers a significant boost in internet speeds. The plan is similar to Google’s growing fiber program that has been praised for fast connections that are better than those offered by competing service providers.

Got that, lowly consumer? No broadband for YOU because your socialist Kenyan usurper president wants you to use that fast access to have equal access to everything on the Internet.

And we cannot have that.

But a resolution won’t likely come soon. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said during a conference Tuesday that coming to a decision that pleases everyone is proving difficult. “What you want is what everyone wants: an open Internet that doesn’t affect your business,” Wheeler said. “What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby.”

Here's a memo for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, too. You will not and you cannot please everybody. You will either go down in history as the regulator who killed the Internet or the one who saved it. Make a decision. The right decision.


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