The big telecoms have launched an-anti net neutrality campaign which is attempting to appear as if it is being operated by a group of concerned citizens.
This is the take of ThinkProgress, who recently unearthed a PowerPoint presentation (PPT link) that seems to back up its allegations. The PPT, which outlines strategies for the No Net Brutality movement, was authored by the Atlas Network, which ThinkProgress describes as “a shell think tank used to coordinate corporate front group efforts worldwide.”
Slide number seven of the PowerPoint outlines groups for the No Net Brutality initiative to target. The first bullet reads: “Libertarian like minded internet users and video gamers.”
Think Progress also notes that the No Net Brutality website is populated with sources from the organizations Americans for Prosperity, which it called “a corporate front group founded by oil billionaire David Koch but also funded by telecom interests,” and NetCompetition.org, an organization that is “openly funded by the American Cable Association, At&T, Comcast, and the US Telecom Association.”
Think Progress summed up:
Telecom firms like AT&T and Verizon are among the most profitable in the world, yet America lags behind other countries in terms of broadband access and speed. Instead of dumping lobbying money into anti-net neutrality front groups and fear-mongering campaigns, the telecom industry should invest in improving service and accessibility.
A post on the No Net Brutality website, in response to the article on Think Progress, claimed that the group did accept $100.00 from an Atlas Network program, but insisted that the org is a “bonafide concerned citizens initiative.”