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Art Brodsky, Telcos, and Hypocrisy

Net NeutralityGovernmentArt Brodsky has been writing in favor of Net Neutrality as prolifically as I have been writing against it. There is, apparently, one point on which we agree.

The ad reads: ‚ÄúAT&T is ready to deliver a real alternative to cable television. … As soon as Congress acts, we‚Äôre ready.‚Äù

Wait a minute. On the page earlier, AT&T … slammed the big dot-coms for running to Congress in a huge, regulation-creating boondoggle to get out of something… Now, AT&T is saying that it, too, is running to Congress to avoid something it should do now. The company doesn‚Äôt say that it will build cable systems while waiting for Congress. It says that they‚Äôre ready to go ahead when Congress acts…

That’s on the money. It’s also prime evidence of my oft repeated mantra that net neutrality is not about the little guy versus the big guy. It’s about hundred billion dollar companies (access providers AND content providers) using government to further their agenda.

(Disclaimer: While I work for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, this post should in no way be construed as an official position of the Association. Thoughts in this space are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the views of my employer.)

Written by Michael Turk