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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.
Gaming will always be a big entertainment tool we all use, even non-gamers. Since this, the internet has brought gamers, as a whole, together to compete and have fun. As The Slip said, for sky people and outgoing and others to come together, make friends and play together. This will be a big outcome with AT and T as Sprint has already put the 4g mobile hotspot alright into Game Informers mags.
This sucks, we have come to expect the same service for playing video games and now we are used to the speed for video gaming they can't take it away.
It reminds me of 15 years ago when my grandfather said "this internet thing won't last".
Maybe AT&T will start yelling at kids to "get off there lawn" next!
Unfortunately, in the suburbs where I live AT&T DSL is my ONLY broadband choice, aside from wireless companies like Clear and others. Needless to say, AT&T is a terrible company and their stance on the definition of "broadband" is a perfect example of that. I pray that the cable company can get some cable laid in my neighborhood soon, not that the cable companies are much better than AT&T but it's an alternative. What I'd really like is for Verizon to come in and get some fiber going...but don't we all.
This is old news. AT&T has always disregarded two things as being unimportant to the internet: net neutrality and gaming. They should be reminded that video games have actually played a pretty important role in determining some key things such as digital formatting (see DVDs and Blu-Rays).
I personally find no fault in what AT&T had to say. Specifically because they're talking about bringing internet to rural areas that before have considered the technology to be an alien luxury. We're talking about baby-steps here, and besides I'm sure that once gamers in rural areas get a taste of broadband they'll eventually demand support from AT&T.
Gaming rocks!! I play at least 3 hours a day. U ask anybody in my family & they would say the same
nice att no wonder no one likes u
This is yet another reason for everyone to defect from at&t, not to mention the fact that they have the best phone with the worst service.
AT&T wireless broadband was a failure and cheap service im glad i switched to comcast now, it's so much faster and reliable.
isn't At&t not able to do 4g either?
to all of those who say "oh i hate ATT". they think they know . so on and so forth. Are you really reading the article or just the title and saying ,"YEa F*** ATT". They are talking about people who do not have access to interent, and who are not using high speed internet. ""For Americans who today have no terrestrial broadband service at all" That is who they are talking about. Not everyone, but that population. So next time, READ, the article and not just look at the title and think , OH BIG CORPORATION, SCREW THEM.
ok, so the definition of broadband is for marketing. if att says that they offer 'broadband', they have to provide a minimum rate of traffic flow.
1. their statement doesn't properly defining "America's" expectations of broadband, in that their definition is limited to the people that don't already have landline broadband; "For Americans who today have no terrestrial broadband service at all". they are basing this definition on who? who doesn't have broadband these days? my grandfather has broadband.
2. att sucks.
So when there is millions of us gamers clogging the internet bandwidth will it still be an "aspirational." What about all the netflix viewers, is streaming movies also considered an "aspirational service."
This is why AT&T sucks.
They don't care about quality, customers, nothing, they spout it all the time, but it's nothing but a Numbers game to them, and always will be.Online Gaming is something they SHOULD care about seeing their RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS are pretty much only buying their internet for that, Gaming.
11 Million+ Subscribers to WoW, I highly believe a HUGE chunk of those people playing not onyl WoW but other High-Profile Multiplayers make up AT&T's customer's ON Their High End Network.
lol Please AT&T stop giving a *** about gaming so you can hurry up and be bought out by some one who gives a flying crap about quality. Brighthouse/Comcast already is supporting gamers with 20mb Data and a cheap price and it works. U-Verse is just a copy cat because they can't compete with Comcast/Brighthouse and others over Phone lines. Fiber costs too much/you have to pay to have it installed and it aint cheap.
Through out the years I've learned to dislike at&t.
at&t i hate your services
Who the **** cares what they think?