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Verizon Moves To Block Net Neutrality, Citing A Bunch of Nonsense

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Verizon Moves To Block Net Neutrality, Citing A Bunch of Nonsense
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Verizon doesn’t think the FCC should be able to regulate the Internet, even though it, as a company that started as one of the Bells, is well aware of the history of regulation within the telecommunications industry. And so, the company filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the FCC’s implementation of these standards.

While this was expected, the reason(s) the company offers for its attempted block is incredibly laughable, and well, false. Before that, let’s recap the FCC’s version of Net Neutrality, something that was officially filed on September 23, 2011. The concept is focused on three simple tenets:

i. Transparency. Fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and terms and conditions of their broadband services;

ii. No blocking. Fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services; and

iii. No unreasonable discrimination. Fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.

Again, it’s surprising how simply effective the FCC can be when the collective actually tries. These standards are simple in concept and execution, although, some groups weren’t happy with the FCC’s apparent blind eye towards the mobile industry. To this writer, that’s another story for another day, because home-based Internet use needs to be protected as well.

Too bad Verizon doesn’t think so.

While discussing their lawsuit, a Verizon lawyer offered this stream of useless information as the company’s reason for the attempted block:

“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,” said Michael Glover, Verizon’s general counsel. “We believe this assertion of authority is inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.”

So an open Internet disrupts innovation? One wonders how Google would respond to such nonsense. Or the creators of YouTube. Or Yahoo. Or Facebook. Or Twitter. All of these ubiquitous services were successfully developed under an open net understanding, but for some reason, Verizon wants us to believe the opposite is true.

Which means, Verizon’s reasons for wanting to block net neutrality are absolutely false. Verizon is simply trying to misguidedly justify why it wants to regulate the Internet for its customers. Verizon wants to be able to pick and choose what content it gives preferential treatment to, and the FCC’s rules don’t allow for them to do so. Who knows? Maybe the United States government will do what’s right and allow the FCC to, you know, do the job it was created for.

But then again, when you understand Verizon has already won a case against the FCC over the same subject, it’s doubtful true net neutrality will be coming to the United States anytime soon. Not as long as the corporations are allowed to have as much influence as they do now.

Verizon Moves To Block Net Neutrality, Citing A Bunch of Nonsense
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  • http://gamingsale.net/ GiveSuccess

    “statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.”

    Notice they put the consumer LAST… prob. not on purpose!

  • http://www.politicsmatters.org Politics Matters

    On the subject of net neutrality, Bob Gibson, Executive Director of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, recently said: “It’s a debate that is going on in the Congress, and it’s really: Is the Internet going to be something that everyone has free and open access to, or, is it going to be something that is sort of controlled? What we don’t need is a lot of government control in the businesses of the internet. I think what we need is more of what we have with National Public Radio, which is a really true and balanced set of reporting that unfortunately has become politicized. What we are seeing is a shift from “anything goes” on the Internet to a shift where major corporations are shaping the news outlets and buying up more and more of the news outlets and putting them under corporate control and one set of a small number of hands…. We need freeware, we need shareware, and we need open access. People need to be able to trust sources that they can find on the internet, rather than have them controlled in a small number of hands or by the government.” (Gibson appeared on the Charlottesville, VA, politics interview program Politics Matters with host and producer Jan Madeleine Paynter discussing journalism http://bit.ly/pm-gibson)

  • http://mobileico.com Wallace Morrison

    Another reason I am leaving Verizon when I move. I pay $130 with these buffoons here in Greeneville when before, I was paying only less than $100 when I was with Sprint. I had to go with Verizon because there is no Sprint here. The next Sprint tower is 50 miles away. I was born here in Greeneville and my business is currently here, but since my business is designing mobile websites, my business is mobile. Which means, in about a year I am gonna have to move to Johnson City where there is Sprint. Sprint gives me unlimited data..Verizon gives me 2GB. I need internet everywhere I go, so my bill is gonna stink for awhile.

    • http://mobileico.com Wallace Morrison

      also, too much control and too less of consumer use and less development is bad. The internet should be controlled to a certain extent but never by the government. If anything is evil, it’s giving up your civil liberties for the government. Running with the government here is like living with a thief that has a gun to your head. The only way for him not to shoot you and run with your wallet is for you to get on your knees and lick shine his shoes every morning.

    • http://www.PlaceToEatOkay.com Steven

      Sprint is the last company that gives sort of unlimited data, and with the new iPhone soon to be on their list of phones, I can’t see the unlimited part staying soon. I say sort of unlimited, because it’s unlimited 4G coverage and should you not be in a 4G coverage zone you are given only so much 3G bandwidth until Sprint starts charging you overages. At lest the other companies like T-mobile give you so much 4G bandwidth and then drop you to 3G speeds, but it is unlimited internet with them even at 3G speeds. The 4g cap for bandwidth from T-mobile is a joke too. 2 gigs max I believe it was. So a few streamed movies, and apps downloads, and video calls and you can suck that up bandwidth allotment pretty easily, but at least you can still 3G with T-mobile without racking up huge charges.

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