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AT&T Senior VP Bob Quinn says his company has avoided offering some new services because of worries about violating net neutrality rules. Quinn, head of the telco’s federal regulatory division, provided little detail on what kinds of services AT&T might offer if not for the rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission this year. “Since the Open Internet Order came out we’ve had weekly calls with the business units and literally 15 lawyers who are all trying to figure out whether that stuff we’ve invested in… would be a violation of the order,” he said at the Phoenix Center’s Annual US Telecoms Symposium yesterday, according to Politico. “We’ve had to shelve a bunch of stuff because we’ve got to wait and see.”
AT&T has “paused plans to offer some new services” because of legal uncertainty, Politico wrote. While Quinn was apparently light on detail here, he said that AT&T didn’t want to be the first carrier to offer something similar to T-Mobile’s new Binge On video streaming program because it wasn’t clear how the FCC would respond.
AT&T’s claim that it will pause offering new services is reminiscent of its statement a year ago that it would “pause” investments in fiber networks because of net neutrality rules. But after the rules were approved, AT&T continued expanding fiber and agreed to deploy fiber to 12.5 million potential customers.
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