AT&T gave out misleading information last week about its handling of California’s net neutrality law

Net neutrality is the Obama-era rule that forces ISPs and wireless providers to treat all streams of content the same. In other words, a company that streams video to subscribers can not pay a carrier extra money to have their streams sent over a faster network. When Ajit Pai was named Chairman of the FCC by Donald Trump in 2017, the regulatory agency voted to remove net neutrality from the books (Republicans voted for removal while Democrats voted to keep the rules on the books. The public, which wanted to keep net neutrality, was upset and certain states passed legislation that makes net neutrality the law in those states.

AT&T spins California’s net neutrality law the wrong way

In a statement last Wednesday, the nation’s third largest wireless provider said, “California has enacted a net neutrality law banning “sponsored data” services that allowed companies to pay for, or “sponsor,” the data usage of their customers who are also AT&T wireless customers. Unfortunately, under the California law we are now prohibited from providing certain data features to consumers free of charge.” The carrier went on to say that since the internet doesn’t recognize state borders, the new law prevents AT&T users in all states from receiving “zero-rated” streams.

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