via DSL Reports
by Karl Bode
Jan 27 2017
AT&T was just told by the outgoing FCC that its practice of cap-exempting its own content was anti-competitive and violates net neutrality, because it puts competing services at a notable disadvantage in the supposedly free market. But that FCC, lead by former boss and surprise consumer ally Tom Wheeler, is no longer in power. In its place is a new FCC lead by new Trump selection (and former Verizon lawyer) Ajit Pai, who has made it abundantly clear that under his watch, net neutrality protections will soon be going the way of the dodo.
As you might expect AT&T, arguably thrilled by Pai’s selection, plans to take full advantage as quickly as possible.
Speaking on the company’s earnings call this week, AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson proclaimed AT&T would now “go hard” toward such zero rating of services.
“Our customers are loving this value proposition,” Stephenson proclaimed. “We have more than 200,000 DirecTV Now customers on it, the service is not counting against their data cap, and that’s a big deal.”
Except, as the previous FCC explained, it is a “big deal,” just not in the way Stephenson means.