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AT&T Backs 100 Percent Broadband by February 2014

June 8, 2009

The Internet has the ability to transform our society, our economy, and our way of life. To realize its full potential the Internet must be universal, in that it must be available and affordable to consumers everywhere. The Internet also must be open, in that the Internet ecosystem must enable consumers to exchange ideas and communicate freely, give them freedom to access the lawful applications and content they want to use, and afford them the ability to choose and assemble packages of services and equipment that meet their needs. The Internet must respect privacy, so that consumers are in control of how, when, and by whom their private information is used. And the Internet must be safe, so that networks and services are protected from harm and consumers are secure when they go online.

“A successful national broadband plan should aim for an Internet that is universal, open, private and safe. It should also foster an environment in which all participants in the Internet ecosystem have the incentive to continue the massive investments required to create more bandwidth, compelling content and applications that will make everyone in the United States want to be connected. Skill and leadership will be required to promote and balance these competing principles. And, while these issues can be complicated, every proposal coming before the FCC should be filtered through one simple but critical lens: how will this action increase broadband adoption or expand broadband access for every American -- in other words, how will it get us to 100 percent broadband.”

-- AT&T’s Senior Vice-President of Federal Regulatory, Robert Quinn