AT&T didn’t mean it

Written by on November 28, 2014 in News with 0 Comments

Recently, Randall Stevenson said that AT&T was pausing the multi-million investment in fibre to the home in dozens of cities across America. What he meant, just in case there is any confusion, is that they are not pausing. Apparently the statement was mis-represented. Or perhaps the President has his home number.

According to Ars Technica, ‘although Stephenson specifically said the company had to pause its 100-city fiber investment until the net neutrality debate is settled, [Senior VP] Quinn wrote that net neutrality would affect only investments beyond that. The potential use of utility rules to regulate the Internet “injects significant uncertainty into the economics underlying our investment decisions,” Quinn wrote. As a result, AT&T will pause consideration of any further investments, even for upgrades to DSL networks.’

So, they are keener than mustard to keep going with the huge investment.

If they can buy DirectTV. Ah.

AT&T said they would provide more detailed information to the FCC later.

The Net Neutrality debate is rapidly becoming a real battle and this is probably not the last time we will see the big players trying such political tactics to win the day.

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