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FCC May Review Complaints About AT&T's FaceTime Policy

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Top message:  Does AT&T not know who to pay off? by keithfrombm   Sep 25, 2012, 2:07 PM

Replying to:  It goes back to the monopoly days by T Bone   Sep 25, 2012, 2:51 PM

Re: It goes back to the monopoly days

by blargolis    Sep 25, 2012, 4:50 PM


As one who has experienced AT&T's egregious policies and scorched earth behavior first hand, I can assure you:

1. AT&T has the best government money can buy
2. They HAVE achieved their current oligarchy status by forcing out competitors and putting small inovators and upstarts out of business
3. They are masters at "Astroturfing" public opinion

The change in attitude at the FCC is more due to the current Obama administration who is not as (overtly)chummy with at&t in contrast to the previous eight years with Bush, who was their lapdog. Under Bush, at&t got numerous favors, issues buried by Justice Department and even got the Supreme Court to do their bidding.

Of course, true competition in telecom and broadband is neutralized but now comes their next target - labor unions. This might be one reason the adminstration is distancing themselves these days, because both Verizon and at&t are embarking on long term plans to de-unionize their operations and all those fiercely pro-at&t CWA linemen find themselves and their profession surplussed and their pensions gutted.

It does seem odd that the FCC is taking on a relatively insignificant neutrality issue (who uses Face Time? who cares?) when at&t has been placing 250G and 350G caps on home broadband DSL and Uverse users at levels that few would notice, unless they use Netflix and other streaming services rather than paying at&t for their TV services.

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