Verizon Policy Blog

Oct30

Title II Is Not The Answer

Earlier this week, Verizon sent a letter to Chairman Leahy explaining that the FCC can use its authority under 706 to implement enforceable net neutrality rules, including a ban on forms of “paid prioritization” that the FCC finds likely to harm competition or consumers. The letter also explains that an approach based on 706 does not pose significant legal risk because all major providers and trade associations have acknowledged the FCC has that authority, making any move to Title II gratuitous. Today, we filed a white paper with the FCC in the current Open Internet proceeding that explains clearly and in great detail why the FCC cannot, in fact, use Title II as the legal basis for its authority to regulate broadband, especially mobile broadband services, including any … Continue reading

FCC, Net Neutrality, Open Internet, Section 706, Title II

Oct29

A Response to Senator Patrick Leahy

Earlier today, we responded to a letter sent earlier this month from Senator Patrick Leahy to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.  The letter inquired about an Internet business model – “paid prioritization” – that today is only theoretical and under which an Internet service provider would be paid by a content provider to carry that content provider’s traffic more quickly than other traffic within a customer’s last-mile broadband Internet access connection. Verizon has not and is not using “paid prioritization,” does not hinder or slow consumers’ Internet traffic to the advantage of others’, and is on record numerous times as saying that it has no plans to undertake the hypothetical “paid prioritization” business model. In fact, … Continue reading

Communications Act, FCC, Open Internet, Regulation

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

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