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Communications giant AT&T has earned the ire of the gaming community after its comments to the FCC regarding the definition of "broadband." Their argument is gaming is not a vital part of the internet landscape, but rather an "aspirational service." Here is part of the statement from AT&T:"For Americans who today have no terrestrial broadband service at all, the pressing concern is not the ability to engage in real-time, two-way gaming, but obtaining meaningful access to the Internet's resources and to reliable email communications and other basic tools that most of the country has come to expect as a given."AT&T states that the core definition of "broadband" should be applications of the internet that help people "learn, train for jobs, and work online." While games have been used in some instances for educational purposes and job training, there is an argument about whether or not we actually "need" online gaming. ESA Vice President Kenneth Doroshow took issue with AT&T's stance, responding:"What AT&T describes as aspirational services are no less important to the future of the Internet than email and web browsing were to the past and are today. Online video games are a meaningful part of our participative culture. They remove geographic barriers, connecting people from across the country and around the world. They teach cooperation, cultivate leadership skills, and empower users to express their creativity."The FCC has not yet reached their official definition of broadband, and AT&T has not responded to Doroshow's comment.
Learning, training for jobs, and working online accounts for roughly .0003% of all internet traffic. It isn't any of ATT's business what a paying customer decides is a core reason for having broadband. They are merely a provider. Be quiet, and do a better job of providing.
It's all about surcharges. AT&T doesn't want gaming defined as a part of Broadband so they can charge the millions of gamers out there extra money to play them online.
I can see where AT&T is coming from. They don't specialize in gaming and their only concern is putting their service in as many homes as possible. But at the same time, people with out money are going to use Dial Up not Broaband anyways so saying things like this and basically throwing those who are probably your biggest consumers under the bus is just plain stupid. Can anyone say dumbass?
Guh? How can a technology company like AT&T be blind to such an enormous market? Oh, wait. This is why: multi-millionaire corporate executives are as dumb and ignorant as ever. In general, personal wealth is inversely proportional to intelligence. Proof is left as an exercise for the reader.
Millions of people around the world participate in online virtual worlds of various types, and those worlds *have* become a necessary part of people's lives.
Also, 'Internet' should be capitalized.
OMFG Gaming is where 90% of my online time is spent and gaming is defiantly a major component of the internet. Gaming as we all no requires a good internet conection. At&t is my cell phone carrier but it looks like luckily not my internet company.
I completly agree with JT my friends and I will get on PSN just to chat. Shure its not the same as hanging out but really I love to chat with my buds while I (sometimes) own in MW2 really when I'm chatting and gaming online I'm not getting into trouble AT&T doesnt own the internet and just needs to shut up and accept facts here if there to lazy to provide internet service that can handle online gaming fine, us gamers will switch to other providers and then we can see what AT&T's status on "Online gaming is not important" is as they shut down.
AT&T's comments honestly made me want to change cellular providers, and I'm 43. So, that's not just some little kid spouting off. I've been with AT&T for 15 years - all the way back to the Cellular One, Inc. days. But, their antiquated and wedged-corporate-stooge attitude towards gaming belies what a neophyte the monolithic company remains. Hey AT&T, time to join the 21st century. Online gaming accounts for billions. Maybe they could stop integrating super-computers into their phone network which spy on our conversations post 911 (can you say Beep Blue) long enough to figure out how to support the gaming community instead of bashing us. AT&T you're as square as IBM.
OK I'm confused. So let me get this right if gaming is not defined under broadband then we get charged extra to play games online. If any Internet Provider starts charging me extra I will drop them instantly.
Before long we game players are gonna have to ration our "broadband" usage. Just another shot to try and eventually get money out of the population. When this happens, I'm turning in my internet multimedia machine (lol) and plugging up the old Atari.
corporate trash running their mouths. and what is it with corporate and using big words? its everywhere, hey keep it simple stupid......and he missed the memo to how many gamers are using their internet for online gaming.
I'm so sick of AT&T. They are a worthless company. The only upside to them is the iphone, but you don't even need it seeing as you get all you want from an itouch minus the calling part. Their service is awful.
I can't even get service out in the middle of nowhere like I should be.
Thanks for being a let down AT&T. I'll gladly take my business elsewhere.
And gaming is important. Most of us in the world actually like communication for purposes other than business only.
Well, first and foremost [preparing for flame], ATT is right...if you measure the internet by what they said, rather than what you personally experience from it day to day. Notice that they said, "For Americans today who have no terrestrial broadband service at all..." By this logic, no, gaming is no way an important part of the landscape, and the people trying to get net access who have never had it before aren't doing it for gaming alone.
Imagine if you lived through Katrina, weren't evacuated, and you then had to wait for the Fed to re-establish water services. Would you put up with additional downtime and delays because FEMA wanted to take extra time to make sure you'd be able to have enough water on demand to take a shower? No, you need to drink clean water now. Yes, yes, I know that net gaming is not the same thing as basic necessities, but the metaphor is still accurate, and before long, it will be relatively impossible to get much done withOUT net access [meaning, if you didn't get it, that we are progressively moving towards a society where net access IS a basic need].
And, just so everyone knows, they offer a wide range of bandwidth options *ahem, Wilfredo*, and one of the reasons they say what they have said is that they notice on their earning reports that more of their accounts are lower bandwidth. Most businesses don't like to have high bandwidth on their work networks because it tempts employees to use the net for non-work purposes, rather than give up in frustration and get back to desk jockeying because it's taking the page too *** long to load.
We as gamers need to realize that, yes, while we are growing in number and scope all across the globe, the internet was not made for us, and won't be profiting from us [at least in any meaningful way] for quite some time. Just relax and choose another subscriber if you need more speed, and let ATT do what it knows better than you how to do: Run a technology company.
P.S. - We also need to recognize that it wasn't gaming that pushed broadband to the ceiling it is at today, it's the pornography industry. They also supported blu-ray over HDDVD, which is the main reason blu-ray is on top now. So, if anyone should complain about broadband's legal definition, it should be them, as it would make them lose money and restrict further [through lack of additional financial funding due to said loss] advancements in green laser technology that can get you your *** that much faster.
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Um.. Wow, well the sad thing is how they directly say people use the internet for "reliable email communications and other basic tools that most of the country has come to expect as a given."
Which is not what the primary use for the internet is anyway.. But for real, if At&T doesn't back gaming, it's pretty obvious gaming won't back AT&T. Thanks for this blog!!
So in other words...ATT is gonna make you pay extra for gaming online if the FCC defines gaming as not part of broadband. That is bad not just for ATT users (me) but everybody else. Why? If ATT actually gets gamers to pay for it (which I'm sure they will)other companies will follow suit.
I dont understand why they think they own the internet. They need to get over there company