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Verizon Wants the Government to Re-Write Telecom Laws

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Nov 23, 2010, 8:40 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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

Nov 23, 2010, 1:48 PM


deregulate the industry entirely.
Sure, so they can monopolize the industry again and charge consumers whatever they want.
Joby Dick said:
deregulate the industry entirely.

Yeah, that's brilliant.
You cannot deregulate systemic industries. The telecom industry does not have a sufficient level of natural competition. It's very structure exempts it from laissez faire treatment.

7-11 stores can exist in a de-regulated market because there are...

Nov 23, 2010, 8:43 AM


Isn't that what the FCC is for? Or, are they asking for congress' help now that it's a Republican one?
The FCC gets its authoirity from Congress.
Remember, there is much more to Verizon than just Verizon Wireless. Wireline, for instance, is governed not just by the FCC but also by many different state and local entities. This is an antiquated system based upon natural monopolies created by th...

Nov 23, 2010, 5:46 PM

I'm a Verizon customer--

--so I say don't even consider listening to anything Verizon has to say, FCC.

Nov 23, 2010, 2:45 PM

Awe, how sweet of them!

First Verizon convinces the FCC to allocate money to small carriers for the purpose of building out the rural carriers network only to force those same small carriers to license their spectrum and create all but free roaming agreements with them to do so.

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.

Yeah right.

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.

Nov 23, 2010, 9:12 AM

Oh Really?

The largest carrier in country is asking for Government intervention and anti-competitive law changes?

John B.
Largest wireless carrier, not largest communications provider.
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