AT&T’s Motives for Fast Fiber Expansion Come Under Scrutiny
AT&T’s April announcement that it has eyes on 100 candidate cities and municipalities where it would like to expand its fiber network that’s capable of 1Gbps speeds, brought out a few calls of “astroturfing”—the practice of masking the moneyed or influential backers of an effort, while pretending grassroots support is driving it.
DSL Reports, for example, called the announcement a “bluff of immense proportion.”
AT&T would like for people to think they’re “engaged in a massive new deployment of fiber to the home,” when what they’re really doing is upgrading a few deployments, where fiber was already present and service was capped at DSL speeds, said the report.
U-verse with Gigapower, it added, “is a show pony designed to help the company pretend they’re not being outmaneuvered in their core business by a search engine company.”