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Comcast and AT&T Tell U.S. Don’t Micromanage the Internet

AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. told U.S. regulators who vote on open-Internet rules May 15 to reject “micromanagement” that may include setting prices for how companies route Web traffic.

If the Federal Communications Commission applies rules written for telephone networks to Web traffic, the agency would be on a “slippery slope” with “sweeping authority to regulate all Internet-based companies,” the companies’ chief executive officers said in a letter today to the FCC.