Broadband Stimulus: Dont Expect Qwest, AT&T, Others

Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q) is not taking part in the first round of broadband stimulus applications, and its peers aren’t likely to either.

Qwest said this week it doesn’t like the current rules, which require government loan and grant money to go toward buildouts for customers 50 miles or further outside of populated areas.

Similarly, AT&T Inc. (T), Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) are expected to steer clear of applying, too, although for different reasons. For one, the net neutrality requirement is antithetical to their philosophies. For another, they don’t want government interference in their executive compensation plans.

Of course, the operators themselves aren’t talking about this in public – the analysis comes from industry experts who have been privy to the companies’ inside thinking.

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