CEO Randall Stephenson told a conference at the World Economic Forum that the company is looking at monitoring peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, one of the largest drivers of online traffic but also a common way to illegally exchange copyright files.
“Its like being in a store and watching someone steal a DVD. Do you act?” Stephenson asked.
Tim Wu has already offered up free advice on why this looks like a suicidal proposal for ISPs. It’s hard to believe that AT&T hates network neutrality as much as Wu suggests, but the only other explanation is that AT&T is expecting to eventually get complete and total immunity in their operations, period — now that’s a nightmare!
Comment at Machinist: Yes, AT&T is losing its mind (and might filter the Internet)