Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Push
Jan 20, 2011, 4:26 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Verizon Communications, one of the parent companies of Verizon Wireless, has filed an appeal with the U.S. court over the Federal Communication Commission's recently proposed net neutrality rules. In a prepared statement, Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel, said, "We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers." In December, the FCC voted in favor of net neutrality rules for both wired and wireless broadband networks. The provisions impacting mobile operators state that wireless providers would not be able to block users from accessing any web site. Wireless providers also wouldn't be allowed to block internet calling services that make use of wireless broadband data connections. The providers would also have to publicly disclose their network management practices.
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You just don't get it
All these agencies we have are clearly in violation of the US Constitution which only grants such authority to Congress.
Verizon may be out for their own interests, but they're right. The FCC is part of the executive branch. Their job is enforcement of laws made by Congress, not to make their own laws.
All these agencies we have are
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 ...
Does anyone here realize....
I hear a lot of people talk about Constitutional this and that. These ISPs and cable operators build there networks with the help of tax payer money. Verizon stopped building out there FiOS network not because they are low on cash but because they are waiting on the next round of government subsidies for ISP's to build out there networks.
So, if my tax dollars are being spent to help these institutions build there infrastructure so provide me for profit services then these institutions either need to accept FCC control or payback these subsidies in there entirety from 1990 to 2011.
I am not...
Ignorance amazes me
So many ignorant people here it's disgusting. Some of you people are completely missing the point on why Net Neutrality is bad all around. One reason has already been stated - it's been executed unconstitutionally. I
AMERICA'S DIRTIEST NETWORK
well actually not really .. i agree ..
Can we abolish this out of control rogue agency already?
We shouldn't be surprised at the FCC's thuggish tactics now, as it has always been a thuggish agency.
The original mandate of the FCC was to shut down radio stations that criticized FDR, which it did quite effectively, it has never had any legitimate constitutional mission and is now getting completely out of control exceeding its official mandates left and right and is becoming a rogue agency.
They're certainly not worried about consumers
..........only their wallets. I think the world and consumers have gotten by just fine with the internet operating wide-open as it always has been.
We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers."
Everyone hates the big V and yet...
Comcast, for example, and their network poisining system Sandvine, designed to keep people from bittorrenting (or any other kinds of packetory abuse), and also their 250GB data allowance on an "Unlimited" plan...
Litigation won't solve anything
That would push consumers to pay attention to how much they're consuming. Then, service providers would start paying attention to bitstream optimization practices so they could continue to provide their wares at a lower bit rate.
And finally, network infrastructure would see a slower increase in demand, and build-out plans might actually be able to keep up with consumption levels only doubling every few years instead of every 18 months. What a novel idea...
Verizon could save a hell of a lot of money on legal fees fighting the FCC if they just went to a fair, consistent, tiered pricing model on all their internet pipes- FiOS, DSL and cellular.
That would push cons