AT&T announced earlier this month a series of moves intended to demonstrate its commitment to wide delivery of broadband Internet access and IP-based services throughout its traditional 13-state local service territory.
AT&T Chairman and CEO Edward Whitacre announced the initiatives during a keynote speech to the Detroit Economic Club. They include:
In particular, making Project Lightspeed available to more than 5.5 million addresses concerns critics of creating a national franchising authority have raised over “red-lining.” Some have contended that stripping municipalities of their franchising authority would remove an important check on telecom companies, allowing them to cherry pick by excluding lower income neighborhoods from new IPTV service offerings.
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