AT&T Rolls Out Internet Fast Lanes

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Nobody who uses the Internet really wanted to get rid of net neutrality. The majority were against it, but it didn’t matter to the FCC. AT&T recently sent out texts to their customers explaining that other companies will be able to “sponsor” data. This basically means that companies will pay AT&T to get their content streamed to their customer base without hitting against their data plans.

AT&T spent the better part of last year pretending to shake its fist along with the majority of Americans in support of net neutrality rules being kept. This protesting included CEO Randall Stephenson doing some damage control by slyly asking the Republican Congress to create an “Internet Bill of Rights” that would allow his company to get around the predictable rise in state laws that try to protect their citizens from predatory telecoms, now that telecoms have gotten their way.

Well, that’s good. I guess we should just take your word for it. Or not. As BGR writes today, AT&T sent out some texts to their customers explaining how they are “expanding” their sponsored data program to allow other companies to “sponsor” data. What’s important about this is that their “sponsored” data plan means that companies will pay AT&T in order to have their content streamed on AT&T customers’ devices without hitting against their data plans. As BGR rightly points out, this is the promotion of internet “fast lanes” by almost any definition.

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