This new, new, new really it is new AT&T is quite an out of control beast and resembles nothing of the old and better AT&T I worked at for 10 years. Sure we cared about making money but everyone I worked with bled AT&T blue and actually cared about what consumers thought and the type of service they receive. Not this one. This new AT&T is a power hungry, consumer controlling, regulatory evading, anti-competitive corporate monster. The new AT&T:
- Could care less about you as a customer
- Nickels and dimes customers with hidden fees
- Eliminates competition through regulatory tricks and acquisitions
- and this lack of competition raises your prices and eliminates choice
Now you can add censorship to the list of anti-competitive and anti-consumer issues with this new powerful AT&T. You can read the post from Pearl Jam to see what happened and how dangerous the new AT&T is; Pearl Jam does a far better job than I can in expressing what happened at the concert on Sunday.
Back about a year ago I wrote a post called Since When Has The Net Been Neutral which contained plenty of great comments. Basically I argued that with less regulation and more competition the network owners should be able to charge what they want; however, that is not the world we live it today courtesy of AT&T and the FCC. Yes, your world of no competition delivered to you by AT&T.
See, with no competition for your household you are beholden to a company to deliver your services and things like accidental censorship can happen. How easy was it for someone to cut off the concert's feed? Seems pretty easy. Heck, even as the AT&T spokesman said they were looking for profanity that's a problem for me too. Determining what someone watches or listens to, should be up to the adults not the job of the FCC, AT&T, or any other centrally located body. It is a parent's job to control what a child watches, not some person working at AT&T that needs a job. The FCC should set ratings and guidelines so that parents can make informed choices.
The heart of Net Neutrality comes down to no competition at your household so a company can control pricing and content. The way to guard against this problem is to increase competition, not stifle it which has not been this FCC's track record. Don't be so relaxed to think that everything is fine in the country as long as you can make a call. Watch what is going on and don't be fat dumb and happy and just pay your bills. Keep your services separate if you can and continue to shop around. The only way to make someone like AT&T feel some pain is to turn away their products and offerings - even if that means waiting for an iPhone clone from Verizon. To a company like the new AT&T, we are all just human batteries powering the AT&T Money Matrix.