The FCC announced that Net Neutrality is going to be the law of the land. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin announced to the dismay of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the guy who said the internet is a series of tubes, and to the telecoms that commission will not challenge net neutrality.
In response AT&T has announced that the internet is coming to an end. We’ve reached capacity in the United States. Let’s all go home.
Blame broadband, says AT&T. Decades of dealing with the trickle of bandwidth consumed by voice and dialup modems left AT&T twiddling its thumbs. The massive rise of DSL and cable modem service in the 2000s has had AT&T facing a monstrous increase in the volume of data transmissions. And that’s set to increase another 50 times between now and 2015. That’s enough, says AT&T, to all but crash the system.
I call bullshit. The internet is not coming to an end, it’s not reaching capacity, it’s AT&T and other trying to control the internet, end net neutrality and make users pay for the bandwidth and then charge users more and more to connect to the net.
Comcast was busted for cutting peer-to-peer activities (although during the net neutrality debate, telecoms promised they would NEVER censor the internet) and now AT&T is saying the internet is running out of room. Interesting that just a few days after Martin announces that the FCC won’t challenge net neutrality, that AT&T says the sky is falling. We’re talking about a year and a half’s worth of warning? They didn’t know this was happening sooner? There’s nothing they can do but throw their hands in the air and say thanks for the memories? Sure.
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