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Verizon Fight with FCC Over Net Neutrality Starts Today

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Sep 9, 2013, 7:26 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Communications and the Federal Communications Commission will face off in court beginning today over the FCC's net neutrality rules. The FCC proposed rules concerning how internet traffic should be handled. Verizon contends that the FCC does not have the authority to enact such regulatory measures and that it should have greater control over its own network. The FCC's rules, which went into effect in late 2011, say that most traffic (whether it be video, voice, or other) should be unmanaged except in rare cases wherein the network provider must do so to protect its network and assets. Other carriers, such as MetroPCS, originally opposed the FCC's rules, but most have dropped their official opposition, leaving Verizon to stand alone. In addition to the regulatory angle against the FCC, Verizon is also playing a First Amendment card. It suggests that "broadband providers possess editorial discretion" since they are responsible for transmitting the speech of others. Opening arguments for the case are slotting to commend today. The trial, being heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will likely take several weeks to unfold.

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Sep 9, 2013, 8:07 AM

Verizon's freedom

Means rules and restrictions for end users.
That's what happens when you use someone else's property. When you borrow your neighbor's lawnmower, your neighbor gets to tell you how to use it. That's how it works.

Sep 9, 2013, 4:08 PM

Editorial discretion - what a joke

>>. It suggests that "broadband providers possess editorial discretion" since they are responsible for transmitting the speech of others.

If what Verizon says is true, then the Post Office has editorial discretion to open your letters and read them, and then either refuse to deliver them or edit them. And perhaps they should start with all of Verizon's written communications.

Sep 9, 2013, 8:34 AM

I Disagree with Verizon

Most of us can reasonably agree that most of the telecommunication laws are archaic and should be re-evaluated and updated. However, one thing that should not be tampered with, is the importance of being able to have access to ALL internet material and subjects administered through publically funded ownership of given broadband airwaves. The FCC has clearly made point of carriers being able to exersize their rights to protect their networks through these rules if needed. However, it appears VZW wants to control more than just reasonable protection. More over restricting its customers from free material that is deemed accessible for all.

In order to protect the public's freedom to access any given info through the internet, VZW should not ...
If that were true, then Congress needs to either pass the law itself or pass a law giving the FCC the authority to regulate the Internet.

What is absolutely unacceptable is for the FCC to simply declare that it does have such authority because it w...
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