FCC questions AT&T for halting high-speed fiber deployment before net neutrality decision

The FCC has asked AT&T for more information about its decision to halt the rollout of its high-speed fiber network until net neutrality rules are decided. It’s asking AT&T to provide documents regarding the profitability of fiber deployment, its plans to limit fiber deployment, what its fiber network currently looks like, and how many households it actually planned to deploy fiber to in the first place. AT&T’s decision to halt fiber rollout is effectively a threat, telling the FCC that strict net neutrality rules would harm the type of broadband investment that it so wants to see. The commission’s inquiry is likely going to size up that threat — and see how this might impact AT&T’s investment should its merger with DirecTV go through.

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