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Making Her Point
Light Reading's Alan Breznick discusses Gigabit broadband rollout strategies with Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T's North Carolina unit.
Light Reading's Alan Breznick discusses Gigabit broadband rollout strategies with Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T's North Carolina unit.

KBode 4/6/2016 | 10:08:50 AM
Re: Um... Yeah to be clear i wasn't slightly your story whatsoever. Really appreciate your work.

Yes, I usually find that when bigger, legacy, turf-protecting companies say "level playing field" they pretty much usually mean the opposite. :)
cnwedit 4/6/2016 | 9:29:09 AM
Re: Um... Karl, 

I noted AT&T's past history in my story. AT&T has always maintained very strong state lobbying efforts and these continue to work against what the company perceives as competitive threats. Most recently, AT&T opposed efforts in Tennessee to allow EPB to expand its gigabit network to a nearby area where there is no broadband at all.

I think Harrison is restating the party line here. 

We heard much the same rhetortic later in the day from the cable players who were there. "Level playing field" is the common language. 
KBode 4/6/2016 | 8:31:16 AM
Um... "Harrison insisted her company does not oppose government-owned networks."

I'm sorry that's just not true. AT&T lobbyists have been the star players behind laws in 20 states prohibiting governments from doing just that -- and in some cases even working to prohibit public/private partnerships. The goal isn't a "level playing field," the goal is protecting the status quo.

And quite often the reason these towns and cities are doing this isn't because it's fun, it's because they're not happy with the service they're getting from AT&T. Great article until she tried to deny the obvious, however.
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