Verizon Policy Blog

Aug28

Verizon’s International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Team Hosts TechGirls

This is a guest post from Cheryl Miller, Director of International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs. “We are meeting with important people,” said the bubbly 16-year old Nadia. To which I replied, “You are also important.” This interaction took place immediately before a privacy discussion luncheon with Verizon leadership. Verizon had the privilege of hosting a job shadow day for two students, ages 16 and 17, from Tunisia and Yemen. The students, Nadia Houerbi and Husseina Mohammed, were in the U.S. for the first time as a result of their participation in a State Department-funded exchange program called TechGirls. TechGirls, launched by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011, follows a successful program entitled TechWomen, which mentored and paired emerging women leaders with some of the … Continue reading

Aug20

Verizon Experts at Tech Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum

Earlier this week, two Verizon executives each participated on a panel at the Tech Policy Institute's annual Aspen Forum. Peter Davidson, Senior Vice President for Legislative Affairs at Verizon, spoke on a panel about how the current political environment will impact policy reform efforts. Craig Silliman, Executive Vice President for Public Policy & Government Affairs, spoke on a panel about the increasing importance of cybersecurity in the 21st century. Continue reading

Aug20

#CommActUpdate: The IP interconnection model has been a huge success

In the context of network interconnection, communications policymakers have the benefit of a real-world experiment with two very different approaches to interconnection, which have existed in parallel for decades. One model is the proscriptive regulatory approach that governs traditional voice communications. The other is the IP interconnection marketplace in which commercial negotiations have created a flexible, adaptable network ecosystem that has seen unprecedented innovation and investment. In our filing, we explain the different ways these two models have evolved in the modern 21st-century communications space. Legacy Interconnection: Arbitrage, Inefficiency, and Higher Customer Bills. The legacy interconnection regime, left in place after the 1996 Telecom Act, involved a complex scheme of inter-carrier compensation charges and access termination charges, determined by each individual state public utility commission. The 96 Act also layered … Continue reading

Jul31

Verizon Responds To U.S. District Court Ruling on Microsoft Emails

"We respectfully disagree with the judge's opinion for the reasons stated in our General Counsel’s prior blogs (here, and here) and in our amicus brief (PDF). We support Microsoft's challenge to the decision. "These matters are very fact-sensitive, and while we have not received a request like this one before, if we were to receive a warrant from the United States Government compelling us to produce data stored by an overseas customer in our overseas data centers, we would challenge the warrant in court." Continue reading

Jul31

Verizon supports FCC effort to reduce inmate telephone rates

Earlier this week, Verizon went to court to support the Federal Communications Commission’s recent effort to reduce the high telephone rates inmates and their loved ones have to pay just to stay in touch. Typically, inmates must make collect calls from prison phones to talk to family and friends. The charges for these calls are often very large – much larger than rates everyone else pays to make a call. The FCC issued an order in the fall of 2013 to lower these rates for interstate calls, but large providers of inmate calling services went to court to block the changes. When I wrote about this issue in March of 2013, I mentioned that Verizon is a former provider of these services, and the family and friends who … Continue reading

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