The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T offered concessions to the FCC to get its merger approved, including a promise to follow the principles of net neutrality.
Come on baby, I promise… no really!
“…The problem with listing the FCC’s network neutrality principles as a “concession” is that those principles are simply guidelines, and are not legally binding.”
Unfortunately the concessions are more apparent than real. The net neutrality concession specifically excludes IPTV, is limited to the â€œaccessâ€ network so doesnâ€™t cover the backbone of the Internet, and sunsets in two years instead of the 42 months for most of the other concessions.
This would be a good starting point for negotiation between the FCC and at&t but informed opinion is that itâ€™s the final result of a negotiation.
The full text is here
I posted more detailed analysis here.
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