Please do stop, AT&T

“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,” Stephenson said, according to a report from Reuters

Please stop investing, AT&T. I’m already looking forward to your competitors, both now known and now unknown, beating your market penetration and running you out of business.

It’s super funny to me that the folks in charge at AT&T are plotting out an end game scenario where the market to supply internet decamps to Mexico and now AT&T’s going to enjoy first-mover advantage.

Hopefully, the folks in charge at the FCC will calculate correctly that AT&T’s resolution to discontinue their investment in US internet infrastructure will create a massive vacuum sucking untold numbers of new participants into a market long held back by heinously lazy incumbents like AT&T (including Comcast, Verizon, et al).

AT&T making decisions today that will inevitably reduce its marketshare in the future are the best hope to come from President Obama’s endorsement of Title II regulation. As everyone who has ever dealt with AT&T knows cold, less of AT&T is a cause for celebration.

Now, onward to Title II Internet.

 Update: AT&T was lying

“AT&T has confirmed with the FCC in a letter that it will go forward with its plans to bring fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) GigaPower 1 Gbps service to 21 communities. from FierceTelecom

 
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