Today, Broadband for America released a survey that found that more than 75 percent of respondents agree that the Internet is currently working, and more than 55 percent oppose federal government regulation of the Internet. The following statement may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs:
“This poll demonstrates once again what most everyone involved with the net neutrality issue already knows—that despite the fear-mongering of a few fringe groups, the American people overwhelmingly reject the idea of government regulation in the Internet space. Tellingly, even the few who do want more government oversight are worried about very different things—identity theft, pornography, spam and malware. The rest, by huge margins, feel the Internet is working well and reject government involvement.
“We should keep this hard data in mind when we see the increasingly juvenile tactics of Free Press and others. Waffles and intimidation are hardly the ingredients of intelligent debate. But with public opinion so clearly stacked against them, I suppose one understands why groups like Free Press prefer regulatory fiat to the idea of Congress addressing the net neutrality issue. They know that, if put to the test—a true test of public sentiment through the peoples’ elected representatives—their agenda will be rejected overwhelmingly.”