Verizon Policy Blog

Nov21

A 21st Century Communications Network for 21st Century Customers

This is a guest post from Chris Levendos, Verizon vice president, Network Transformation Today the FCC will adopt a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that will seek comment on a number of regulatory issues relating to the ongoing transition from legacy copper facilities to advanced fiber optic and mobile networks.   We’ve been thinking about these issues for a long time. Verizon began deploying fiber over a decade ago, investing tens of billions of dollars to deploy fiber all the way to consumers’ homes and small businesses. It was clear then, and is even clearer now, that fiber is the future of communications, entertainment, and commerce. Millions of customers in the U.S. have reviewed their options, choosing the faster Internet speeds, video content, and … Continue reading

Broadband, FCC, Fiber, FiOS, Innovation, IPTransition, Technology Transition

Nov20

137 Billion Ways – And More – That Verizon Contributes to Our Communities

Verizon takes seriously its role as a good corporate citizen. We invest billions annually in our networks, which are engines for innovation and economic growth, and also enhance our society. These investments, in part, also flow to a host of suppliers, business vendors and partner companies, creating well-paying jobs and opportunities in the communities that we serve. We are also a good corporate citizen that fulfills its civic duty on the local, state and federal levels. That responsibility includes tax contributions that benefit the communities where we live and work, as well as the broader society. We create value for shareholders, which helps people buy homes, pay for healthcare and education expenses, or simply enjoy a well-earned retirement. Our commitment extends to the communities where we live and … Continue reading

Capex, Corporate Tax, Investment, Taxes

Nov10

Verizon Statement on White House Title II Announcement

“Verizon supports the open Internet, and we continue to believe that the light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internet’s success. Reclassification under Title II, which for the first time would apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet, would be a radical reversal of course that would in and of itself threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation. That course will likely also face strong legal challenges and would likely not stand up in court. Moreover, this approach would be gratuitous. As all major broadband providers and their trade groups have conceded, the FCC already has sufficient authority under Section 706 to adopt rules that address any practices that threaten harm to consumers or competition, … Continue reading

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

Nov4

Diminishing the Prospects of Further Net Neutrality Litigation

There has been a lot of speculation lately that, whatever the FCC decides about new Net Neutrality rules, the whole thing is headed for another round in court. That doesn’t have to be the case. The FCC has the opportunity to create Net Neutrality rules that prevent any harmful “paid prioritization” practices that some fear, and to do so in a way that both ensures the rules are not overturned and makes further litigation a diminishing prospect. The key to whether there is further litigation is the statutory basis the FCC chooses as the foundation for its new rules. If, as the FCC proposed back in May and as the D.C. Circuit suggested in its decision nearly a year ago, the new rules … Continue reading

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

Nov3

FCC Proves (Yet Again) That Easy Forbearance Under Title II is a Myth

In the ongoing push for heavier regulation of the Internet, pro-regulation advocates try to downplay the impact of imposing 80-year-old telecom rules on the Internet by invoking the concept of “forbearance” as a magic wand that will simply make all the harmful aspects of Title II disappear. Public Knowledge’s Harold Feld has written that, “Title II forbearance is actually so easy it makes [him] want to puke.” Well, the D.C. Circuit and the FCC have provided more evidence that the forbearance process is nauseating, but not because it is easy. In early 2012, the U.S. Telecom Association filed a petition with the FCC asking for forbearance from a number of rules that were written for a bygone era and no longer … Continue reading

FCC, Forbearance, Open Internet, Public Knowledge, Regulation

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