Verizon, Google Agree on Net Neutrality
Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Wireless and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, recently issued a joint statement about the issue of net neutrality. though the companies disagree on many statements, there is at least one area where they feel the same. McAdam and Schmidt write, "we both think it's essential that the Internet remains an unrestricted and open platform--where people can access any content (so long as it's legal), as well as the services and applications of their choice." The two laid out six ideas that they think are vital to the net neutrality discussion. They are: 1.) Users should continue to have the final say about their web experience. Control will kill the web; 2.) Investment in advanced networks is vital; 3.) The existing wireline broadband rules appear to be sufficient — if enforced properly; 4.) Flexibility in government policy is key, dense legislation cold be bad; 5.) Broadband network providers should have the flexibility to manage their networks to deal with threats of any kind; 6.) Transparency is a must. Broadband provides need to present customers with clear information about their services.
White House Asks FCC to Classify Internet as a Utility
President Barack Obama today sided with the concept of net neutrality and laid out a plan to keep the internet open. "We cannot allow internet service providers to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.
Verizon CEO Slams FCC, Wants Congress In Charge
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam pleaded with Congress to "re-take responsibility for policymaking in the Internet ecosystem" in a letter sent Friday to the House and Senate Commerce committees. Lowell pointed to the FCC's recently proposed net neutrality rules and Dish Network's "abuse" of the AWS-3 bidding process as indicators that things have gone off the rails.
FCC to Vote On Net Neutrality in February
The FCC plans to vote on rules regarding net neutrality in February. The FCC expects to circulate a final proposal of the rules in the early part of the month and vote on them during its scheduled February 26 open meeting.
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
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