Net Neutrality Links
I’m adding this link to the Net Neutrality Page.
Tom Evslin at Fractals of Change has been following Mr. Whitacre of AT&T more closely than I have. Tom’s detailed account of the merger with BellSouth is quite clearly focused. I’ve only pulled highlights. Read his analysis at at&t Blames Commercial Entities for FCC Delay.
Mr. Evslin’s report begins with the fact that the FCC has again delayed voting on AT&T’s merger/acquisition with/of BellSouth. He includes these lines from the NY Times in which AT&T is quoted as saying:
Ã¢â¬ÅWhile we regret that the merger has been delayed by the self-interest of commercial entities and their litany of unreasonable demands, we look forward to the F.C.C.Ã¢â¬â¢s approval so that we can get about the business of providing the overwhelming benefits the merger represents to consumers, to the economy and to the public interest.Ã¢â¬Â
. . . we regret self-interest of commercial entities?
Excuse me? Are you implying you’re not part of that group? When did AT&T become not for profit? Was I absent that day? If you’re going to imply something untrue to me, please have the decency to be convincing.
Dear Mr. Whitacre, CEO of AT&T, first you said you will charge me and my destination to use “your pipes.” Now your company says that commercial entities are in the way of your “overwhelming benefits to the public interest.”
Tom Evslin says,
ItÃ¢â¬â¢s the hypocrisy thatÃ¢â¬â¢s annoying. Much more important is that this acquisition is significantly anti-competitive and is NOT in the public interest, far from it.
I have to agree with him.
Refusing emergency wireless voicemail access is only one in the list of things NOT “in the public interest” AT&T and BellSouth have done to date. MA Bell is back. Do read on. I missed most of this until Tom Evslin put it in one place.