CHICAGO-AT&T and Verizon Communications have been active in discussions around Net neutrality regulation. At the Supercomm 2009 trade show, the top lobbyists of these phone companies expressed openness to some level of regulation, as long as it remains reasonable.

Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president at AT&T, and Tom Tauke, senior vice president for Public Policy at Verizon Communications, emphasized their support for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) existing open Internet principles. They indicated a willingness for these principles to transition into official regulations.

However, both companies raised concerns about a new principle introduced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski that they believe could impede network management capabilities. The proposed principle aims to prevent discrimination against specific internet content or applications while allowing for reasonable network management practices.

The debate revolves around ensuring transparency in network management without hindering carriers’ abilities to protect against cyber threats effectively. Both AT&T and Verizon stress the importance of regulations being fair and moderate without stifling innovation.

As discussions progress within the FCC on Net neutrality regulation, public input will be crucial in shaping final decisions. While disagreements persist on certain aspects like applying regulations uniformly across wireless and wireline networks due to inherent differences between them.

By fostering an environment that balances consumer protection with industry innovation, stakeholders aim to establish clear guidelines that accommodate evolving technologies while upholding fair practices across the digital landscape.