January 24, 2018 10:59 AM

AT&T's Call for a Consumers' Internet Bill of Rights

Statement of Jonathan Lee, regarding AT&T's open letter (published earlier today) calling for a consumer "Internet Bill of Rights:"    

AT&T rightly argues that consumers should have the right to certain reasonable expectations with respect to their entire internet experience, rather than the small portion controlled by ISPs which has been subject to frequently changing FCC rules and policies.  Consumers must have the right to the same expectations of transparency, non-discrimination, ability to access legal content, and privacy/data security--regardless of device or provider used to access the internet, websites visited, or applications used.  If all internet companies were required to give consumers the same minimum protections across all services, websites, applications, and on all connected devices, the long-awaited "internet of things" would develop faster and more completely, because consumers could more confidently embrace these innovations without reservation.  It is critical now for Members of Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner to put American internet consumers first.

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