AT&T says it has no plans to offer third parties paid priority for Internet traffic, though it might be able to offer user-directed priority in the future, much as it does for business customers.
In any event, it says, the FCC has the authority to ban paid prioritization under Sec. 706 authority, but would not under Title II.
That came in a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, who wrote AT&T and other ISPs asking for their pledge not to create Internet "fast lanes."
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.