In a filing before the FCC, AT&T Monday set an ambitious target and timeline of 100 percent broadband by 2014. The phone giant calls broadband a path to job creation, economic recovery and a way to achieve important societal goals, such as energy independence and better health care delivery.
“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,” said AT&T’s senior vice president of Federal Regulatory, Robert Quinn. “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 stressed the importance of several factors in the move toward 100 percent broadband penetration. The company said to realize its full potential, the Internet must be universal, in that it must be available and affordable to consumers everywhere. AT&T also said the Internet 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.