Thursday, August 12, 2010

AT&T on Net Neutrality: Wireless is Different

Commenting on the recent Verizon + Google net neutrality announcement, AT&T opined that wireless networks indeed deserve separate governance rules from wireline broadband networks because they simply cannot deliver the same capacity.

In an official company blog, Joan Marsh, AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory, writes "We are constantly striving to increase the efficiency of our spectrum resources, but the amount of available spectrum in any given market is finite. And while we regularly split cell sectors and add additional cell towers, there are very real limits placed on cell site construction by zoning and local approval boards."

She argues that policymakers should protect wireless broadband networks from "onerous new net neutrality regulations" and work toward freeing more spectrum for commercial usage.