In support of open and fair internet regulations, websites and tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon are taking part in a "Day of Action." On Wednesday, hundreds of websites will show what the internet could look like without net neutrality.
But one surprising company is also joining in.
AT&T said Tuesday it would be joining the "Day of Action." The company wanted to make clear its support for an open internet, but AT&T also noted its decision might "seem like an anomaly."
That's because AT&T hasn't always played nicely with net neutrality rules.
Last fall, the Federal Communications Commission reprimanded AT&T for its "Sponsored Data" program — a data cap exemption that gave preference to DirecTV subscribers and services. In a letter to the company, the FCC said the program could block competition and constrain customers.
Beyond the beef with the FCC, open internet activists consider AT&T to be a main antagonist in the fight for net neutrality.
Battle for the Net, the organizer for the "Day of Action," even called AT&T one of the internet service providers that could try to subvert an open internet.
We should note although a company participates in the event, it's not legally binding and doesn't require it to follow through.