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Now AT&T Won't Prioritize Content Traffic?
CEO Whitacre seemingly reverses course on net-neutrality
by Karl Bode 09:52AM Wednesday May 31 2006
AT&T chief Ed Whitacre spoke this morning at a conference on two hot topics: net-neutrality and AT&T's "Project Lightspeed", notes IP Democracy. On the possible limitations of sticking to fiber to the node, Whitacre noted the company was seeing up to 50Mbps in some trials. This is essentially what we were told by a spokesman recently who insisted pair-bonding would solve any bandwidth crunches.

On net-neutrality, Whitacre has apparently toned down his rhetoric significantly with the looming threat of net-neutrality laws on the horizon. "We’re not going to do anything to affect the Internet - nothing, zero, no packet prioritization there," said Whitacre to an analyst asking if AT&T would pursue "packet prioritization services for content providers.” A change of heart or a dulling of rhetoric until the net-neutrality storm passes?

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Jason Levine
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Rhetoric Dulling

He was probably told by his fellow telecom operators (and his own staff) to tone down the rhetoric. Otherwise he would run the risk of having his "we're going to charge everyone and their cousin in what ever way we want whether they're a customer or not" soundbites sway Congress into passing Net Neutrality laws. If he and his fellow telecom operators tone down their rhetoric, the Net Neutrality outcry might die down and they can do just what they were planning on doing all along without any governmental interference.
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guitarzan
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Re: Rhetoric Dulling

That's a very well read point Jason.

How painful does one suppose it is to Ed to issue a retraction like that?

Is our DSLReports forum responsible for applying the heat to get a retraction from Ed? If so, Congratulations one and all !!

IMO, one should not interpret his statements as a reversal of creating a two tier internet,it's just business as usual,only it's being conducted under the table so to speak.
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ifarrell

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They'll just wait until things settle down and then slowly sneak it in and hope nobody notices.
If they do get caught, they'll put some sort of spin on it and claim it's something else.
After all, that's what Exxon is doing right now.

guitarzan
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Re: Rhetoric Dulling

said by ifarrell:

They'll just wait until things settle down and then slowly sneak it in and hope nobody notices.
If they do get caught, they'll put some sort of spin on it and claim it's something else.
After all, that's what Exxon is doing right now.
Perhaps you mean the bought and paid for government will spin it under the web of national security lies
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grandpinaple

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Re: Rhetoric Dulling

Maybe he realized that such a contrived idea is impossible.
backness

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trust?

Does anybody trust these CEO's not to do this without neutrality laws? I can see them shutting out companies from the net and short selling their stocks!

pnh102
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Re: trust?

said by backness:

Does anybody trust these CEO's not to do this without neutrality laws?
Whitacre is probably taking this stance because he sees that a net neutrality law is making its way through Congress. Most companies do not want the government meddling in how they do business, and to that end they may take on a position that is seemingly contradictory to their original goals just as a way to keep the government at bay.
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N3OGH
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Short answer?

No.

Ghost of Cogent

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I hope these Net Neutrality laws are going to regulate connection between providers. Otherwise, SBC can just threaten to do what Level 3 did to Cogent. It's all the same ball of wax.

And when Level 3 disconnected Cogent, most of the posters here were on Level 3's side. But I told ya then that you'd soon be beggin' the government to regulate the Internet. And I was right!
GhostDoggy

join:2005-05-11
Duluth, GA

Great, here comes Mom & Pop IPTV providers

And not to mention the middleman-less operators like ESPN that will offer you their channels as a standalone service (e.g. a la carte).

Of course, seeing is believing and most corporate heads are like women when it comes to making up their minds and changing them.

net idiot

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DMZ the whole Internet

Just be careful GhostDoggy, if there are any women on the DSLR forums, although I think you are right. Its too bad that EVERYBODY takes offense at everything little thing said these days. Just hope that companies realize that Net Neutrality could actually help thier business model.

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PDXPLT

join:2003-12-04
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It just changes the business model a bit for them ...

If they were going to do traffic shaping, they'd sell alot of their available bandwidth as "internet access", and charge content providers to deliver their content over it with high Quality of Service (QoS).

Now, with "net neutrality", they'll sell only a portion of the bandwidth as "internet access", and use it for low-QoS herky-jerky service, like we have today. "premium" content will still be delivered with IP protocol, but on the reserved "premium broadband" walled garden portion of their bandwidth.

It's really no different than how the cable MSO's have been carving up the spectrum on their cable all along.

asdfdfdf

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Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it

It isn't only att and whitacre that have been talking about this. The other bells have been blustering about this too. They intend to do what they originally spoke about, they just got cocky and started wagging their party pieces too soon and were spooked by the vehemence of the response. They'll tone down the bluster a bit, so the government can roll over without looking like complete shits, and then they will do what they originally threatened to do.

verolom

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Reston, VA

Re: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it

time to reinstall that modem, gopher or lynx, even a bbs and return to the dark ages of text based terminals and bps... where was my checkbook?

this reminds me of the water service where i live. rich neighbourhoods get clean, high-pressure uninterrupted water supply, the losers like me living in "da hood" are lucky to get a drip and then we have to boil and filter most of it as it has more junk than water. taking a shower? yeah right, say hello to sponge bob.
IAmTheEvilest
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Maybe their video service isn't going as planned

Maybe those new video services aren't working as well as they initially expected and now they need third-parties to step in and provide those service for their customers, in order to keep them from going to the cable companies.

After all, the only reason people really subscribe to the internet is for the content. Once the content is gone, people will too.
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bird32

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Re: Maybe their video service isn't going as planned

The comment "After all, the only reason people really subscribe to the internet is for the content. Once the content is gone, people will too." is ludicrous. Could you imagine content without having a transport method? Will content travel over thin air?

DrTCP
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Trying to fly under radar

I have never seen Ed Whitacre say something like this publicly reversing position truly. I believe they are trying to keep off the public agenda.

Michieru2
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All lies, I know he is up to something. What a bunch of hypocrite's they always say something but act another.

I got my eye on you Ed Whitacre, VERY CLOSELY.

home server guy

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All companies aspire to monopoly

As the only billionaire I've had a conversation with told me, "All business aspire to be a monopoly and should...they're in it to beat the competition."

That's why we passed laws in the 30s to avoid the consequences of a monopoly ruled economy (which wasn't working too well at the time).

The government needs to find a middle ground that keep lets business do what business does, but keeps the consumer/public from becoming e-serfs.