AT&T Mobility CEO on Net Neutrality: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, said Wednesday that net neutrality rules on the table at the FCC could hurt the booming wireless industry.
The comments by de la Vega followed a speech by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at a conference in San Diego by CTIA. Genachowski, in his speech, outlined a plan to promote mobile broadband by getting more spectrum to wireless carriers and removing some regulatory barriers that have slowed down the deployment of broadband networks known as fourth-generation, or 4G, wireless.
Genachowski also said that even with the moves by AT&T and Verizon yesterday toward more open policies, he's still pushing forward on new net neutrality rules for all Internet service providers, including wireless operators.
"Before we begin 'fixing' what isn't broken, we need to be thoughtful about the consequences," de la Vega said in a statement. "We believe the marketplace today is vibrant, and there is no need to burden the mobile Internet with onerous new regulations."
The FCC also is in the middle of a review of competition in the wireless industry. The review seeks to determine whether practices such as exclusive deals between handset manufacturers and carriers undermine competition and negatively impact consumers.
October 7, 2009; 3:19 PM ET
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