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.
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.