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For more than a year, the issue of network neutrality has taken up a tremendous amount of time and attention in both Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley. In fact, it may be the single most engrossing subject currently tying together policy interests in these two distinct parts of the country. Unfortunately, one key constituency often seems left out of this heated debate: the Internet consumer. This oversight is striking since it is end users who, each day, rely on the Internet to conduct their work and personal lives.
It's a nice thought, but the fact is the world doesn't work that way. Corporations do cheat, and in terms of controlling information technology, many use their lobbying to destroy competition. There is a long history of it.
AT&T, in particular, has a long history of suppressing technology to hurt both competitors and customers.