Verizon Policy Blog

Oct20

CTIA Video explains why “Wireless is Different”

When the FCC was drafting its Open Internet rules in 2010, the Commission acknowledged the need to provide a flexible, light-touch framework for the still-developing wireless broadband ecosystem. The Commission recognized that wireless networks were still evolving and that it was important to allow the pace of innovation and robust competition in the nascent marketplace to continue. In 2014 the situation looks remarkably similar: competition is just as fierce, and mobile innovation continues at a remarkable pace to meet consumer demands. It's important to note that when we talk about flexibility, it's not limited to reasonable network management – which the Commission’s rules already allow. One of the hallmarks of the wireless industry - from devices to applications to service plans -- is the broader range … Continue reading

Competition, FCC, Net Neutrality, Open Internet, Regulation, Wireless, Wireless is Different

Oct17

Statement: Verizon Welcomes Order That Accelerates Rollout of New Wireless Network Facilities

The FCC today (Friday, October 17) adopted an order (Acceleration of Broadband Deployment by Improving Wireless Facilities Sitting Policies), which will expedite deployment of wireless facilities by streamlining environmental and historic preservation review and facilitating collocation with other wireless network facilities. The following statement should be attributed to Kathleen Grillo, Verizon Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs: “Today’s order is an important and welcome step by the FCC to ensure consumers have access to great mobile services and helps ensure that the U.S. maintains its global leadership in mobile broadband deployment. This order streamlines the regulatory process and speeds deployment for new, innovative wireless network facilities. Such policies, paired with upcoming auctions that will bring new spectrum resources to market, are great news for consumers … Continue reading

FCC, Infrastructure, Wireless

Oct1

The Digital Renaissance Is Here: Lowell McAdam in Europe

Europe stands at the threshold of a digital renaissance. With a renewed digital agenda in focus, the path forward for Europe’s digital economy – which is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy – is promising yet predicated on constructive regulation. Lowell McAdam, CEO and chairman of Verizon, was called upon to provide his input into the European Commission’s next wave of digital policies – examining what needs to happen to encourage investment, catalyze innovation and boost consumer confidence. Read the key points from McAdam’s Financial Times ETNO Summit 2014 keynote at the Verizon News Center. Continue reading

Europe, Innovation, Lowell McAdam, Regulation

Sep30

CTIA Releases Second Open Internet Infographic: 2010 v. 2013: Wireless is Different

A lot can change in three years, and this is especially evident in the highly innovative technology sector. Yesterday, the CTIA released an infographic (below) highlighting the explosive growth in the US wireless industry since 2010. The current state of the wireless ecosystem in which 95+ million subscribers stream 200 petabytes of video per month wouldn’t be possible without flexible rules that promote competition and innovation. Continue reading

broadband, Innovation, Mobile, spectrum, Wireless, wireless ecosystem

Sep23

#CommActUpdate: Universal Service Subsidies Should Be Targeted and Explicit.

As we’ve discussed before, our communications marketplace has undergone a radical revolution over the last two decades and our communications laws haven’t kept pace. Our current communications statute, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, has its origins in 19th century railroad regulation, and scarcely mentions the Internet. The world reflected in the 1996 Act has been replaced by one in which consumers can choose to communicate in an ever-expanding number of ways thanks to the Internet and broadband platforms that continue to bring innovative new services to market. Fortunately, Congress and others recognize that we need to modernize our laws to reflect the competitive realities of today’s dynamic Internet ecosystem. Last week, Verizon provided comment on the fifth in a series of white papers released … Continue reading

FCC, Mobile, Wireless

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