Now, I'm not saying that stopping internet fiends from downloading proprietary content is bad per se; I just think it's a REALLY bad business move. And with all the promise of their recent offer of public wireless to all customers (I can see new iPhone users in droves), I was kind of hoping their business model would make a nudge in the right direction.
In this case, though, it looks like another instance of one-step-forward-two-steps-back. Much of the broadband-using public would balk at the idea of their traffic being monitored, especially considering AT&T's long-running lawsuit with the EFF. But to add insult to injury, AT&T is going to lose droves of customers who still download illegal content.
AT&T Manhole Cover image by Eddie~S [cc, 2.0]