March 1, 2015

Verizon Speaks Out On New FCC Regulations

WASHINGTON – Today (Feb. 26) the Federal Communications Commission approved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph. The following statement should be attributed to Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president, public policy and government affairs:

“Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors. Over the past two decades a bipartisan, light- touch policy approach unleashed
unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband Internet age consumers now enjoy.

“The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet has operated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally
charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history will judge today’s actions as misguided.

“The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open Internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-plus pages of broad and open- ended regulatory arcana that will have unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the Internet ecosystem for years to come.

“What has been and will remain constant before, during and after the existence of any regulations is Verizon’s commitment to an open Internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and Internet access when, where, and how they want.”


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Doom said...

Oh, what they really mean is, they don't give a shit about their own spying on customers, or handing over whatever the government asks about any of us, or even opening up data collection directly for the government. But when the government does something that might interfere with their bottom line, then it's a problem.

When they came for the customers, and big business said nothing, it is difficult to feel ANY empathy. The thing is, as a customer, we are compelled to get involved. Unfortunately, what hurts them hurts us even more.

Although I will say this. When my contract for my last smartphone is up, I am dumping them for my own use. I will keep the contract open for my mother's phone, not mine.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I worked in that industry for 30 years, Doom, an you're 180 degrees off. You couldn't believe the rules that guided us on your privacy.

As for the regulations, Living in California with our PUC regulations ... You ain't seen nothing yet. Wait until you want a better speed and your government won't allow it because Verizon has to give it free to your neighbor.

Doom said...


And you actually believe they haven't done exactly as I suggest? From many things I have read, the government has cracked those companies, and for the most part those companies have rolled. Further, I know Verizon has it's own tracking system for customers' use. Beyond, I have it on reasonable authority that the information they themselves gather, and hand off, can easily lead to personal identification.

Perhaps what you say may have been true at one time. But, if you haven't noticed, we now live in lawless times. Times in which our government does not believe we have rights. Those rights being based upon a God they do not believe exists. Believing in no God, or a false one such as the demon of islam.

Kid said...

But, but, the hipsters tell me this is a Good Thing.