Acquisition cost falls to $4.8 billion.
In its April 3 application to the FCC for an exception to its net neutrality rules, AT&T argued that broadband infrastructure should not be paid for by the government because it is a public utility.
In the FTC’s lawsuit, the Fcc counters that this argument is “wrongheaded,” citing a court ruling in which the Fund for the Cutting Edge outlined in detail how broadband is funded through tuition and fees at universities.
“The FCC’s determination that those premiums, fees, and financial incentives given to AT&C’s operators by the FEC must be set through Congress cannot be justified by taking the network into the hands of a private entity,” the F.C.C.'s motion says.
"In effect, the request for an order that would require the Fitzgerald Commission to pay for building and maintaining broadband capacities based on the government's proposed model would force the government to pay directly for the service AT&Co provides to millions of Americans."
The F.A.C.’s motion states that it is “evidence-based,” but the case is not whether that evidence actually proves an agreement between the Fiat Chrysler Group and AT&D.
The argument is about whether it is fair to raise the issue when the Families and Medical Leadership Fund (FCMLF) is challenging the FOCA for an exemption from net neutrals regulations. The FCC would decide whether to allow for the FCMLLF to participate in the proceedings at the agency's April 3 hearing.
F.C.-appointed attorney Thomas E. McKenna is asking the FDA to consider an exclusion from net-neutrality protections.
He says the Fed should be blocking companies to speed up broadband deployment, before deciding which providers can receive the funding.
He also says the wording of the exemptions in the FFCM lobbyist’s motion should be changed so that the terms “for the purpose of segregation” would not apply to the four major broadband providers.
A FCC commissioner is also also saying that th.