AT&T Asks Employees to Slam Net Neutrality

And don't say you work here, memo advises
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2009 3:33 PM CDT
The AT&T logo is seen on it's headquarters in San Antonio, Monday, April 23, 2007.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – With the FCC holding a meeting Thursday to decide whether to give the green light to “net neutrality”—the principle of universal access to bandwidth—AT&T is stepping up its PR war. In a memo from senior exec James Cicconi, employees are asked to post anti-neutrality comments on an FCC forum. Cicconi specifies that they should do so from a personal email account—to hide the fact that they are AT&T employees, writes Tim Karr on

The memo also supplies a list of talking points against net neutrality, including a claim that it would “jeopardize efforts to deliver high-speed Internet services to every American.” AT&T must be getting desperate, says Karr. The firm is asking employees to be “doubly deceptive" here: hiding their identities while posting comments that aren’t theirs. Click the second link to see the AT&T memo.