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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.
But they're internet is also really slow, so why not say it takes forever for any download. So, maybe that's why they said that. LOL
I love my Iphone with all my heart but if it wasn’t for this phone I think AT&T would have slipped in to the abyss of the broadband market. Their ideals are just as dated as opposing interracial marriage. Gaming is and will forever be a part of the broadband community.
Wow! Really? No wonder I keep having problems playing MLB 10 online. Because my internet service is sub-par....well, I will be switching soon....
wow what an ignoramous. if they did a survey to see how many of their customers game online then maybe they'd sing a different tune. I for one have att and game online like a madman.
Wait..... what ever happened to just servicing what the customer wants & needs instead of telling the customer what they should want or need. This is nuckingfuts. For a company to succeed they need to offer everything a customer wants. This is just a backasswards way of doing business.
them pigs wanna blow our house down! lol.
ive been to the building in the pic, not all that impressive. lol.
but, life goes on. we should all use radio waves and such to game. like, ultimate wirless game.lol. somthing that can be taken anywhere, and be able to connect with ppl.... oh wait! iphone... silly...
AT&T pisses me off. I signed up for service last November, and somehow in January, I accrued an extra 100 dollars worth of charges. I admit, I was playing online quite a bit, but here comes the best part. The AT&T rep I spoke with explained that in January, select cities were undergoing a "test". They apparently gave users of their product a 40GB download/upload cap for the month, and charged a dollar for each additional GB over. Well, I download demos all the time to see if I'm going to be interested in a game. Here's the part that ticked me off the most. The rep said that they would not refund this amount, and claimed that they emailed all their customers to inform them of this. Well where was my informatory email? I checked it every single day and not once was I aware of the cap. Of course, now the test period is over and they don't want to refund the money because I wasn't properly informed. Instead, they offered a 20 dollar credit to my account.
That's my rant on AT&T. I'm just glad I don't have their cell phone service anymore.
Really! That is a stupid statement by AT&T. Gaming has made it possible for businesses to look into using the technology that gamers use on a daily basis to incorporate into there business. It is also true how gaming brings all sorts of people together regardless of race or nationality. Some of the basic things in online gaming are used today by business. So really think that is a foolish statement by AT&T.
Online Gaming has paved the way for future employment in the gaming industry. A vast amount of people who spend time idling on a computer will even play a flash game once in a while that is created by a team who has used broadband connection to publicize that particular game to common internet "surfers." AT&T is going to lose a large portion of their subscribers if they continue to not acknowledge the gaming community.
AT&T can say whatever they want, online gaming is going nowhere and other companies will use this to there advantage.
Err, wait.. why are they trying to define it anyway? Just give me faster and stop charging and arm and a leg.. a-holes.
See how long it takes before At&t claim bankruptcy after apple takes the iPhone to Verizon. ;-)
Broadband should be simply defined as a medium which supplies the transfer of all data packets with the ability to reach it's host within a specified time (ms). How much easier can it be FCC?
Ok, lets leave Internet for email, research, file transfers, etc... and have Internet 2 as the backbone for gaming. ;-) Kind of backwards I know, but hey...
Can't say I'm surprised after the living hell I went through with At&t. They may be the most unreliable and unprofessional company I've ever seen.
Wow what a bunch of tools. Go fudge yourselves.
hahaha AT&T got confused about us caring about their opinion
I have AT&T and they hate my gaming I swear the bottleneck me when I get on live.
I don't like this story.
I never use the internet to train for jobs, and it's not very often that I learn things on the internet.
But I do play video games online all the time...
...so there AT&T, there.