A fundamental function of government...
...is to interfere, to say "no, you can't do that, and you'd better stop it right now." Other times it's "you must do this, and no backtalk or bitching about it."
Mr. Brueggeman seems to have forgotten that government is in principle an expression of society's consensus about how things should be, society meaning the entire citizenry. He's being stupid because large corporations have by and large suborned governments all over the world at the present time, but sooner or later the pendulum will swing the other way. *Then* he'll have cause for complaints about "government interference."
Or maybe he thinks "what's good for AT&T is good for America."
Poor confused baby; maybe a night with Paris would sort him out.