Editor in Chief
- Dec 30, 2010
- Reaction score
- Austin, TX
When you read about the big carriers like Verizon and AT&T crying and whining about Net Neutrality and Title II classification hurting them, you can safely ignore that poppycock. Sprint just threw them all under the bus by coming out in favor of Net Neutrality.
Stephen Bye, Sprint's Chief Technology Officer, recently made Sprint's position clear that ISPs being classified as utilities by the FCC under Title II is a good thing for consumers. He also shared that it won't effect Sprint's investments in network infrastructure, and he went as far as to call out the other carriers by disagreeing with their arguments that it will hinder their investments. Here's a quote with several of his statements,
"It's one of those topics that is highly charged, highly politicized and we took a step back and said it works in the interest of our customers, our consumers and the industry and we frankly found some of the arguments (of our competitors) to be less than compelling."
He even offered up the recent $44.9 billion spectrum auction shattering records in the industry as proof that the carriers aren't slowing down. He shared that it is a, "great proof point of the level of investment the companies in the industry are willing to make.""Our competitors are going to continue to invest so they are representing a situation that won't play out.
Bye concluded that,
It will be interesting to see if and how the other carriers respond to Sprint's bold admission."The notion that some of our competitors are suggesting that they will stop investing if Title II is brought into effect... That's something we've refused. In the terms of Title II with the appropriate forbearance we made the point that we really don't see this as negative for the industry at all."