The FCC is currently mulling a new broadband plan that would potentially regulate how operators manage traffic running over both their wired and wireless networks. Called net neutrality, regulators believe it will ensure open access to consumers, while operators fear that it will affect their ability to make a profit.
In response, Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s senior EVP of external and legislative affairs, wrote a letter to all AT&T (NYSE: T) employees, encouraging them to voice their concerns to the FCC. The letter was posted today on savetheinternet.com, a non-profit organization, which was concerned with AT&T’s efforts to “fake” the fight against net neutrality.
The organization’s biggest concern was over the letter’s wording that asked employees to post opinions on the FCC site using their personal email address, presumably, so regulators didn’t know the poster’s bias. Cicconi writes: “We encourage you, your family and friends to join the voices telling the FCC not to regulate the Internet. It can be done through a personal email account by going to http://www.openinternet.gov and clicking on the ‘Join the Discussion’ link.” The second-biggest concern was that the company also supplied language that the employees could use, including: “America’s wireless consumers enjoy the broadest range of innovative services and devices, lowest prices, highest usage levels, and most choices in the world. Why disrupt a market that’s working so well?” More here.