Update: FakeSteve’s response

Cult of Mac rang up AT&T to get their opinion on the ‘ol Operation Chokehold scheduled to go down on Friday at noon Pacific. For those not in the loop, FakeSteve writer Dan Lyons offered a rebuttal to customer-threatening comments made by AT&T wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega last week. 

AT&T, being totally inept at PR, acknowledged the operation, thereby granting it more publicity than it would have ever gotten on its own.  They said:

We understand that fakesteve.net is primarily a satirical forum, but there is nothing amusing about advocating that customers attempt to deliberately degrade service on a network that provides critical communications services for more than 80 million customers. We know that the vast majority of customers will see this action for what it is: an irresponsible and pointless scheme to draw attention to a blog.

Now, MacRumors, Gizmodo, Wired and “the Wall” are all running stories about it.  Nice work.

Want to know the most ironic part of this whole gag?  Most San Francisco/New Yorkers probably won’t know the difference when the Chokehold hits or if it even has…which proves: if AT&T were really, really serious about providing critical communication services, they’d FIX THEIR F-ING NETWORK.

Maybe AT&T should see this event as an exercise in emergency preparedness. 

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