AT&T CEO Bemoans Rise of State Net Neutrality Laws
Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, wants Congress to prevent states from enacting their own net neutrality and privacy laws. "There are a number of states that are now passing their own legislation around privacy and, by the way, net neutrality." Stephenson made the comments in a video interview with the Wall Street Journal. "What would be a total disaster for the technology and innovation you see happening in Silicon Valley and elsewhere is to pick our head up and have 50 different sets of rules for companies trying to operate in the United States," said Stephenson. The Obama-era FCC created a national net neutrality policy that was later torn down by Trump's republican-led FCC. In the wake of that action, individual states have promised to create their own legislation to protect net neutrality. California was among the first to approve such legislation, though it won't put its new laws into effect until litigation against the FCC works its way through the courts. Stephenson believes Congress should act to keep the states from creating a patchwork of rules that could tangle AT&T and other internet providers in a sticky web of compliance. Stephenson does agree with one core tenet of net neutrality: "There should be no blocking," he said, and ISPs "should not be allowed to throttle somebody else's content." He said nothing about paid prioritization or zero-rating.
Dec 12, 2018
An investigation seeks to find the truth concerning millions of fake comments submitted to the FCC in 2017 as the agency sought the opinion's public on net neutrality. The Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation of the matter at the request of those whose names were used without permission.
Sep 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pulled no punches when remarking on the state of California's recently-passed net neutrality rules. Speaking at the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai heaped criticism on the state's legislature.
Oct 1, 2018
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Sunday that made net neutrality the law, but the state was quickly sued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Aug 21, 2018
The attorneys general from 22 states, plus the District of Columbia, have asked an appeals court to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules that were stricken by the FCC in June. The states also want to ensure the Trump administration cannot prevent individual states from installing their own such rules.