The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs:

“Consumers want and deserve an open and transparent internet, free of gatekeepers.  They want an internet that is free from censorship, blocking and discriminatory throttling.  They want to access content when, where and how they want to.  AT&T is unequivocally committed to meeting these customer demands.  That is why we repeatedly have encouraged the U.S. Congress to end the back and forth and confusion surrounding open internet protections once and for all by writing a uniform, national law that protects all American consumers, innovation and investment by treating all internet platforms equally.  Simply put, state-by-state regulation in this area is insufficient and unworkable because the internet is a global network of networks that enables consumers to access and use information, content and services without regard to state, and even national, boundaries.  Accordingly, we support the Justice Department’s lawsuit to preempt the California statute.”

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