Remember the Comcastard-stacked FCC hearing on BitTorrent? AT&T thinks that's a good strategy, since AT&T's main lobbyist sent a letter to
300,000 employees U.S. managers "encouraging" them and their families to protest the FCC's net neutrality rules. Updated
Update: AT&T says that the letter was sent to "U.S. managers only" and that they "were providing important information to our employees, and it was up to them to respond personally. If they use their company email that is fine, too."
Specifically, he tells employees how to register to post comments on the FCC's net neutrality site using their "personal" email accounts, so it doesn't look like they're from AT&T shills, and lays out talking points for them to use, like "competition in the wireless industry is strong" and, hmmmmm, "the rules should apply to more than just network operators and should also include Web content companies like search engines." They're really pulling out all the stops, aren't they? Which should show you how truly scared they are of the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules.
If you want to comment in favor of net neutrality (or, um, not I suppose) to counter the lobbyist scum quotient, you can direct your comments here until Thursday. In the meantime, the FCC's busy tweaking the proposal, in particular the sections about network management—which is obviously what the carriers are most concerned about. [Washington Post]