The FCC's AT&T Review Is Hardly Transparent

Knowing that you are being observed is sometimes enough to make you behave well. That’s why the free press is so valued in the U.S., where we have the Freedom of Information Act and several states have sunshine laws that allow citizens and the press to hold officials accountable. So there’s a tendency to trumpet the unintentional exposure of information in AT&T‘s recent filings with the FCC as the reason the agency is taking a closer look at figures provided by the nation’s No. 2 carrier about its claims. The agency also restarted the so-called shot clock on Friday, which means it will try to have a decision in the next 97 days. (As of Friday, it’s on day 83 of a 180-day time frame).

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