An anonymous reader writes "Karl Bode from dslreports.com has noted a trend in AT&T's dealings with the government in which AT&T repeatedly promises more coverage in order to gain government approval for its proposals but never really makes good on its promises. 2004: 'AT&T promised to deploy broadband to every home in their 22-state footprint in exchange for regulators locking the FiOS and U-Verse networks off from open access policies and competition.' 2007: 'AT&T promised to offer broadband to 100% of homes in their 22 state footprint if they were allowed to buy BellSouth.' Now, in 2014, AT&T is offering pretty much the same thing — i.e., coverage for the same area they should have already provided coverage for as per past promises — if they are granted permission to buy out DirecTV. 'If AT&T is already supposed to have 100% completed, how can 15 million locations — at least 20% of all AT&T areas, not already have high speed broadband?'"