'Internet Freedom'? AT&T's Verbal Jujitsu to Close Down Telecommunications in America

[Commentary] You got to hand it to AT&T. The phone company either wrote the Republican's 'Internet Freedom' platform or the Republicans just lifted the hype. Either way, AT&T has created this verbal jujitsu and has been able to confuse America to the point that night is day, opaque is transparent or, in this case, the term "Internet freedom" is really about making people believe it's about "freedom" when it is really about the destruction of America's entire telecommunications ecosystem. Internet Freedom, then, is freedom for AT&T and the other phone companies, not freedom for those who actually use telecommunications or even Internet services. And as we wrote previously, the wires matter as wireless simply can't compete with wired broadband or as cable competition. In fact, almost all wireless calls end up at a cell site that is attached to a wire connection to the networks.


'Internet Freedom'? AT&T's Verbal Jujitsu to Close Down Telecommunications in America