Verizon Wants the Government to Re-Write Telecom Laws
Speaking at a panel discussion held in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, Verizon's executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications, Tom Tauke, called on congress to overhaul the nation's telecom laws, which he called "antiquated" and "anti-competitive." He said, "The grinding you hear are the gears churning as policymakers try to fit fast-changing technologies and competitive markets into regulatory boxes built for analog technologies and monopoly markets." He went on to outline four points that Verizon feels would be more befitting of today's legislative needs: 1. The policy should be a federal framework; 2. Because of the innovative nature of the marketplace, the framework should not involve anticipatory rulemaking, but rather principles that allow for case-by-case adjudication; 3. The test for government intervention in the marketplace should be to prevent either harm to consumers or anti-competitive activity; and 4. And a single federal agency should be given clear jurisdiction. He concluded by saying, "We cannot allow regulators to impose limits or outmoded regulatory structures on this dynamic eco-system. That is why we do need Congress to replace the current statute with one that is in sync with today's communications technology and marketplace."
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Joby Dick said:
deregulate the industry entirely.
Yeah, that's brilliant.
7-11 stores can exist in a de-regulated market because there are...
I'm a Verizon customer--
Awe, how sweet of them!
Now Verizon wants to have the FCC, local and state courts to make rules on a "case to case" basis... hereby helping the little guy in it's fight against the big guy.
I'd happily support de-regulation of the wireless industry.
There are way to many players in the game for a monopoly, and de-regulation is only going to support competition anyway.
Plus, regulation or not, antitrust laws are still in place.