Eshoo Statement on AT&T Announcement of Sponsored Data Program

January 7th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, issued the following statement:

“The announcement of a sponsored data program by AT&T puts it in the business of picking winners and losers on the Internet, threatening the open Internet, competition and consumer choice. It’s exactly why net neutrality rules came to exist in the first place and why these rules should apply equally to all forms of broadband Internet service.

“AT&T’s sponsored data program allows content creators and app developers to pay for a customer’s wireless data much like a company covers the cost of a long distance call using a 1-800 number. On its face, the ability for consumers to access ‘toll-free’ content seems like long-awaited relief from frustrating data caps. But embedded in programs of this type are serious implications for fairness and competition in the mobile marketplace. And we must ask just how beneficial a program like this is to consumers who could ultimately foot the bill for the added cost of doing business.”


Get Updates from Anna

How Can Anna Help You?

In this section, you will find information on the many ways my office can help you and your family. Below is a list of the issues we commonly address. If you cannot find what you're looking for, please either email me or call my Palo Alto District Office and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have.

Anna's Voting Record

View All

Thomas Bill Search


Today I spoke in opposition to legislation to lift the ban on U.S. crude oil exports.

October 9th, 2015


'Cyber hygiene' can vaccinate against majority of hacks. My op-ed on my newly introduced #cybersecurity legislation.


It's a distinct honor to be able to provide my constituents with tickets to tomorrow's papal address…

September 23rd, 2015


Pope Francis and our obligation to preserve religious freedom in the Middle East: my take in @dcexaminer. #PopeInDC

September 22nd, 2015


Bravo to @BayLegalJustice for being awarded a Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant.

Text SizeA A A