Consumer groups to use Net neutrality debate in merger fight

It's been a failure of a decade for consumer groups opposing telecom mega-mergers, and now they are aggressively gearing up to fight the mammoth deal between AT&T and BellSouth, hoping they can finally win this one. Consumer advocates have watched regulators bless a plethora of unions, including Sprint and Nextel, AT&T and SBC, and MCI and Verizon just last year. One way consumer groups plan to fight the AT&T/BellSouth deal is by pushing the Net neutrality debate, a debate with which they have made significant headway. Remember AT&T CEO Edward Whitacre created a backlash when he broached the subject of a tiered broadband network earlier this year, and he has stood his ground.

To read more about consumer groups' plans to oppose AT&T/BellSouth:
- take a look at this article from Red Herring