AT&T CEO criticizes disparate state net neutrality regulations after helping to dismantle unified, national rules

Jon Brodkin:

“We’ve got a mess coming at us, literally states independently going out and designing their own privacy regulation,” [Randall] Stephenson said. “How do you do business in a world where you have 50 different regulations and rules around privacy?”

If Stephenson was actually concerned about the impact of a fractured regulatory landscape on his company, he could have left existing net neutrality rules in place. Rather he and other telecoms elected to force through a roughshod repeal of national rules without any consideration of public opinion or possible consequences.

Any new national legislation backed by AT&T is likely to seriously disadvantage consumers and competitors and support net neutrality in name only.