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Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Push

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Sorry, Verizon.


Jan 21, 2011, 6:52 PM
Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution grants Congress the power to regulate commerce "among the several states" and to make all laws "necessary and proper" to executing its constitutional powers. The FCC is empowered by Congress to oversee and regulate communications, which includes the internet.

The issue of net neutrality is about ensuring free market competition among providers and among websites on the internet. Internet providers are, in the best cases, an oligopoly, and in worst cases, a monopoly, in whatever area they operate. For example, if I want broadband internet where I live, I either get Charter cable or AT&T DSL. An oligopoly is not a free market situation because the companies involved will frequently collude to ...

Jan 23, 2011, 4:58 PM
This is by far the best post about this current subject. F-U VZN! Power to the people and not the billion dollar corporations. Like they really need more profit?

Jan 24, 2011, 3:35 AM
It's comments like this that make me disappointed in the average American consumer. While the OP definitely made some good points, I don't think disregarding a companies concern just because they make a lot of money really expresses any informed decision or opinion.

Big companies have, and will always have to look out for themselves because surprisingly, everyone wants to knock them down a peg and reel them in.

I am a big believer in net neutrality, I am however not a believer that a business that is big does not deserve to make (more) profit.

Profit means a company can invest more money into building new cell towers. New cell towers mean more coverage for my family in case they need to call 911. It means training more customer ser...

Jan 24, 2011, 8:53 AM
Your not weird. I don't think anyone has a problem with companies making money. However, The problem can be in HOW they make it.

The internet is a free domain for the world to access any info they need. A carrier should not be allowed to choose what info is available and what is not through public domain. I think that if a subscriber wants to limit what is accessible to them or their offspring, then that is where an extra few bucks a month should be made to the carrier to block sites. Not the other way around.

John B.

Jan 24, 2011, 4:42 PM
If cost is such a concern then all wireless carriers should do is drop subsidized Cellphones. If the subsidy on cellphones was dropped it would one drop a huge cost off of the carriers back and two lead to more competition amonst manufactures. True less people will get wireless service but that will be offset by the incredible loss the carriers recieve for the first 6 months of a 2 year contract.

The subsidy is the biggest cost a carrier is hit with. The reason for this is the manufactures make incredible amount of money selling their devices to the carrier who then sell the devices at a loss.

Think about it. it costs apple about 120 bucks to make a 700 dollar iphone which they sell to the carrier at almost market value. If ...

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