As this has occurred, many providers have opened debates that question the validity of regulation based on how service is defined. Chief among these is AT&T.
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Earlier this year, AT&T claimed to have not fit the requirements needed to be considered a telecommunications carrier. The provider instead clung to the state-based American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) model—which they helped create—that defines Internet as an “informative service” as opposed to a telecommunications service. As a result, AT&T was able to continue on unchecked, and free of regulation. Read the full entry