For Immediate Release
November 7, 2012
Debra DeShong Reed, Debra@Pointblankpa.com
Amy Weiss, Amy@Pointblankpa.com
AT&T’s IP Smokescreen
(Washington, DC)—AT&T’s announcement today that it needs regulatory intervention from the FCC in order to invest in IP technology is a re-run of a tired ploy to leverage the company’s dominance. AT&T only invests in order to respond to competition, and competition is made possible by the very pro-competitive policies that AT&T seeks to eliminate. The Broadband Coalition members have invested billions of dollars to bring the benefits of IP to American consumers from coast to coast. But if AT&T gets its way, competition will largely disappear, investments will dry up and consumers will suffer.
Former Congressman Chip Pickering, coalition spokesman, stated, “AT&T is simply trying to use its belated roll out of IP technology as an excuse to rewrite the telecom rules to its advantage. We already know that AT&T’s claim that IP will somehow alter the laws of economics and lessen its dominance is patently false. Clearly, AT&T’s proposed changes are not necessary to achieve widespread IP deployment, but the retention of competition policy is.”
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