So AT&T isn’t happy about Obama’s speech yesterday endorsing regulating broadband like a utility. Today they CEO Randall Stephenson said the company would suspend investing in its FTTH expansion until the situation is resolved.
It’s a little bit like Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’, but in this case it’s ‘No fiber for you!’ and it’s to those of their customers who might have been finally getting some soon – not that it was all that widespread to begin with. I understand their concern with finding a reliable economic model for last mile bandwidth, but I’m not sure this is going to help with their public relations issues. At least, I’m guessing the liberal bastion of Austin they were rolling out fiber in is not going to blame Obama for this one.
It’s amazing how many years we’ve been debating net neutrality without resolving anything at all. I’ll bet Google takes the opportunity to expand its FTTY plans somehow, at least in a token way — just to rub it in.
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