Legend has it that AT&T, when asked to submit a proposal on expanding the early version of the Internet during the 80’s, said “Why would we build our direct competitor?”. AT&T then spent the next 20 years missing what the consumer wanted, and found itself stripped of its greatest assets, for sale on the auction block.
The new AT&T, bolstered by its acquisition of BellSouth, now stands ready to do to the Internet what the Internet did to it — break it apart, piece by piece until the Internet no longer serves a meaningful purpose to business or consumers.
Read this story in USA Today. AT&T’s intent to charge your internet phone, video and data provider “access fees” directly contradicts testimony by BellSouth personnell supporting SB 120 that they would never segrate Internet services.
SB 120 is in the House Rules committee. Call Earl Erhart — tell him you don’t appreciate corporate America lying to you. And, you don’t think destroying the Internet is how you compete in the 21st century.
- AT&T chief stays focused on strategy down the line
- The Telecoms strike back
- Verizon and Qwest may find it necessary to make acquisitions
- The titans of telecom face off