AT&T's good cop/bad cop routine [telecom]

by Brian Fung

When AT&T said this month it was halting a plan to give 100 cities ultra-fast Internet, it apparently didn't really mean that.

The telecom giant was threatening to pull its investments in new fiber optic cables if it didn't get more "certainty" from Washington about how Internet service providers would be regulated under net neutrality, the idea that broadband companies shouldn't be allowed to speed up or slow down certain Web sites over others. AT&T's chief executive, Randall Stephenson, told investors this month that "we can't go out and just invest that kind of money" without knowing what rules the government might apply.

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