“AT&T Inc said any new ‘net neutrality’ rules imposed by U.S. regulators need to apply to Web companies like Google Inc as much as to phone companies to ensure a level playing field,” John Poirier and Sinead Carew report for Reuters.

“In a letter to the head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau, the biggest U.S. telephone company argued that Google would have an unfair advantage if its Voice service is not subject to the same rules proposed by the FCC on phone operators,” Poirier and Carew report. “‘To the extent ‘net neutrality’ is animated by a concern about ostensible Internet ‘gatekeepers,’ that concern must necessarily apply to application, service, and content providers,’ Robert Quinn, AT&T’s senior vice president for federal regulations, said in the letter addressed to the FCC’s Sharon Gillett.”

“Last week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules requiring operators to open their networks to any legitimate Internet content or service without discrimination. If adopted, the move would be a victory for big Internet companies at the expense of network operators,” Poirier and Carew report. “The FCC said it had received AT&T’s letter and was reviewing it.”

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