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Verizon Appeals FCC Net Neutrality Rules

Verizon has filed an appeal against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)‘s recent net neutrality rules that will take effect on November 20th of this year. Verizon has attempted to block the rules before, which was tossed out of court by the US Court of Appeals due to a technicality, but Verizon is back at it again.

Verizon Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Michael E. Glover, has stated that:

“Verizon is fully committed to an open Internet. We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks and services and on the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority is inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.”

We find it amusing to see how Verizon can claim support for an “open internet” yet fight regulation that would ensure that very same thing for certain against corporations like itself. The term “net neutrality” is a principle that represents free and open internet. It restricts internet providers, such as Verizon, and governments from discriminating between different types of online content and provides a level playing field for all websites and internet related technologies. It protects the consumer’s right to use any equipment, content, application or service without interference from the network provider. Without net neutrality, companies like Verizon, AT&T, and other major internet providers could become gatekeepers to the internet and decide what websites go fast or slow and which won’t load at all. This leads to less innovation online as well as their ability to block competing services. The corporations spend millions lobbying in Congress and with the FCC to stop net neutrality and that is not going to be good for consumers.

Imagine if Verizon Fios/DSL or Comcast Cable had problems with Netflix or YouTube content or how they provide that content; without net neutrality, those corporations could block total web access to Netflix or YouTube just because they have a disagreement with that company. Better yet, think of how your cable bill/service is structured. Cable television companies choose which channels and content is available, unlike the current control consumers have on the internet to choose what content and services they view.
Internet service providers would be allowed to discriminate against content and competing services they don’t like with net neutrality keeping them in check. Corporations could charge websites for load speed tiers and those new charges faced by those websites could in turn fall onto customers. If Google or Yahoo was paying to have their website load faster, do you think they would still have free email? That is a question we have no answer to know, thankfully. But if companies like Verizon got their way and had net neutrality eliminated, then anyone from political groups to small businesses could face higher cost to expose their service and platforms online. Net Neutrality has been around since the inception of the internet, and with it the network provider’s only job is to move data; not choose which data to block or privilege with higher-quality service. We are sure more companies with similar interests to Verizon will also file suit, while proponents of net neutrality can only hope they all fail.

[spoiler]Verizon Appeals FCC Imposition of ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Communications on Friday (Sept. 30) filed an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit of the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2010 Report and Order (FCC 10-201) adopting so-called “net neutrality” rules. The following statement should be attributed to Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel:

“Verizon is fully committed to an open Internet. We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks and services and on the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority is inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.”

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.[/spoiler]

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Solomon Massele
Solomon is our Senior Managing Editor here at TekGoblin and he is also a columnist for Best Buy Mobile Magazine. He has been a technology enthusiast for years and currently contributes to companies such as TekGoblin, Best Buy Mobile Magazine, and others in the past such as SPJ Reviews. You can keep up with his updates on Twitter at @iceman7679 and his visual tech related reviews on YouTube at www.youtube.com/iceman7679. He loves everything tech, and talking about it!
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