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2014-11-12T09:45:01Z
AT&T will be pausing its current investments regarding plans to bring fiber connections to 100 cities. The reason for the halt is that the company is waiting for U.S. regulators to make a decision on how the issue of how internet service providers will be able to manage their web traffic.

"We can't go out and invest that kind of money deploying fiber to 100 cities not knowing under what rules those investments will be governed," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson during an conference on Wednesday. “We think it is prudent to just pause and make sure we have line of sight and understanding as to what those rules would look like.”


As the Federal Communications Commission continues to take its time debating and coming up with rules for net neutrality, more and more people are speaking out or taking actions in to their own hands. From the President asking the FCC to classify the internet as a utility to Colorado towns voting to have their own broadband internet, everyone is getting tired of voicing their dissent at the FCC’s “fast lanes” approach and its slow resolution of the situation.
JoshuaJordan
2014-11-12T10:59:29Z

At&T and all the others are just little [censored]es... sad we invented the dam net yet we have one of the slowest and pay the [censored]most for slow speeds

RZielaskowski
2014-11-12T11:20:02Z

"we" as in USA vs rest of the world? Most places with higher speeds have a much much higher population density or are a much smaller country, making it much easier and justified to run the extra infrastructure to support that speed difference.

Super Dave
2014-11-12T15:47:11Z

News wrote:

"We can't go out and invest that kind of money deploying fiber to 100 cities not knowing under what rules those investments will be governed," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson

Translation: "We want to make sure we can milk our customers AND the providers before we lay more pipe on ya."

BrandonSlayton
2014-11-12T21:29:35Z

oh that's why i couldn't [censored]watch Hulu on our TV today!

NateKeen
2014-11-12T21:29:35Z

If net neutrality is put in place, we'll see more of this. Keep the government out. It screws up everything it touches.

CliffVincent
2014-11-12T21:29:36Z

good... now lets all tell google fibre that we want their service so they will expand while at&t dilly dally

CliffVincent
2014-11-12T21:29:37Z

randy did you know that the US government payed ISP providers like a billion dollars to build a fibre network across the country and it was never built. the isps pocketed the money and acted like they were the poor widdle vicdums

JamesHostick
2014-11-12T21:29:37Z

Please explain to me how net neutrality is a bad thing. The reactions coming from the juggernaut telecoms is obviously a sign that, politics aside, some moderate rules put in place to keep the telecoms from shaping traffic to serve their own interests is not a bad idea.

NateKeen
2014-11-12T21:54:44Z

Sure, some moderate rules would be great. Handing over all the keys to the government is not.

rapid1
2014-11-13T08:31:01Z

The thing about all of this that is interesting is the fact that the "keys" currently are in the hands of At&t and Comcast which is like letting your 8 year old drive the car for the family vacation. This free economy in some cases especially concerning those two entities is an absolute joke as they have been allowed to buy the whole market out. A non competitive market is no longer a market it is a committee and the committee in our country has strangled that old market to death. If innovation is held at bay for an extended amount of time it will die kind of like the economy in the US where you can no longer innovate and if you're seen doing so 1 of a very very few huge market players in any industry will stop you by either a buyout or a hostile take over. Then when they own your patents they fire you and unless that innovation agrees with their direction and cash flow it will die never to be seen again and nothing can be done.

BretPetonquot
2014-11-13T12:18:27Z

shiittt company

AjayD
2014-11-13T14:45:12Z

At this point, it is more than apparent that ISPs can't be trusted to self regulate in a manner that is anything but the pinnacle of greed and self interest. Government oversight and regulation are required, but only the bare minimum necessary to facilitate a free and open internet. I trust the government less than I trust ISPs, but for different reasons. If regulations are passed, it will be necessary to scrutinize the fine print, for certain.

Mynameis
2014-12-05T09:24:29Z
Originally Posted by: AjayD 

At this point, it is more than apparent that ISPs can't be trusted to self regulate in a manner that is anything but the pinnacle of greed and self interest. Government oversight and regulation are required, but only the bare minimum necessary to facilitate a free and open internet. I trust the government less than I trust ISPs, but for different reasons. If regulations are passed, it will be necessary to scrutinize the fine print, for certain.

Imo fine print means nothing once the government gets a foot in the door. It is easily reinterpreted and often will be, but always in the government's favor. Also we will be inundated with reports of how broken the system is (which it isn't, although it is far from perfect) and how much more regulation (and black boxes at the ISP level) is temporarily needed to protect us from terrorists until it is fixed, whenever that will be. Plus the cost would go up somewhere. The government nowadays does nothing for free. At least let's wait until after September 2015 to see what the realworld future of the internet will be. Just my thoughts.

Cheers to everyone and wishing all a very merry Christmas. 🙂

Blackhawk8100
2015-05-20T02:25:16Z
I didn't realize the net neutrality went that far back. I guess media started covering it more now.