Google strikes back against AT&T in broadband spat

Google (GOOG) has struck back against AT&T (T) in the ongoing battle over net neutrality, the idea that broadband providers like AT&T should generally treat all web content equally and not discriminate against services that compete with their own offerings. In a letter to the FCC, AT&T complained that Google Voice, the search giant's voice-over-Internet service, is violating net neutrality principles.

In response, Google said that AT&T's complaint "just doesn't fly." And some experts and pro-network neutrality advocates suggest that the idea of AT&T, a longtime opponent of net neutrality, now complaining about supposed violations is, well, absurd.