We had this to say about the merger talks:
“The merger of AT&T and BellSouth makes it imperative that the principles of Net Neutrality be included in any merger approval from government agencies and in any telecommunications legislation passed by Congress.
“Both AT&T and BellSouth have been forthright in their statements about their desire to exert greater control over the Internet. It is up to those who make public policy to make certain that the principles of an open Internet continue through this greater consolidation of the telecommunications industry. It is vitally important that the Internet remains open and accessible to consumers and to service providers and remains the source of innovation it has been over the past two decades.”