No Broadband For You! AT&T Stops Fiber Network Build-Out Until Net Neutrality Rules Are Hashed Out

AT&T will be pausing its current investments regarding plans to bring fiber connections to 100 cities. The reason for the halt is that the company is waiting for U.S. regulators to make a decision on how the issue of how internet service providers will be able to manage their web traffic.

"We can't go out and invest that kind of money deploying fiber to 100 cities not knowing under what rules those investments will be governed," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson during an conference on Wednesday. “We think it is prudent to just pause and make sure we have line of sight and understanding as to what those rules would look like.”

As the Federal Communications Commission continues to take its time debating and coming up with rules for net neutrality, more and more people are speaking out or taking actions in to their own hands. From the President asking the FCC to classify the internet as a utility to Colorado towns voting to have their own broadband internet, everyone is getting tired of voicing their dissent at the FCC’s “fast lanes” approach and its slow resolution of the situation.