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Reforming the FCC’s “Designated Entity” Rules Will Promote Diversity in Spectrum Ownership

The Minority Media & Telecommunications Council recently released a white paper, “Digital Déjà Vu: A Road Map for Promoting Minority Ownership in the Wireless Industry,”[PDF] that calls on the FCC to reform its “designated entity” rules. “Designated entities” (DE) are the collective term used for women- and minority-owned businesses, and the paper calls for the FCC to increase opportunities for women and minority-owned enterprises to participate in spectrum auctions by reforming its “designated entity” rules. We agree that this issue deserves FCC review. As a company that is committed to diversity and inclusion, Verizon supports efforts to create opportunities for greater inclusion and participation. While we do not agree with every recommendation in the MMTC white … Continue reading


What the New York Times Got Right (And Wrong) About Fiber

Earlier this week, the New York Times had a story about the benefits of fiber, entitled “For the Tech-Savvy With a Need for Speed, a Limited Choice of Towns With Fiber.” The article correctly identifies the superiority of all-fiber networks over older copper-based technologies, as demonstrated by an accompanying graphic from Ookla showing that, nationwide, Verizon FiOS is providing the fastest connections and that 8 of the top 10 states are states where FiOS has been deployed. In fact, as the article notes, deploying a fiber network is so important that encouraging it has been a longstanding policy goal at the national level, and even some local governments are willing to spend tax-payer dollars to build these networks themselves.  These communities recognize that, as Heather Gold, President … Continue reading


Verizon Applauds AWS-3 Spectrum Auction Plan Approval

Today (March 31), the Federal Communications Commission approved a Report and Order that will make available for auction 65 megahertz of AWS-3 spectrum for commercial wireless use. The following statement should be attributed to Kathleen Grillo, Verizon senior vice president, Federal Regulatory Affairs: “Today’s action by the FCC lays the groundwork for bringing 65 megahertz of government spectrum to auction for commercial use. When we look at mobile broadband demand in America – both today and what we are expecting in the future – the need for additional spectrum is beyond debate. This AWS-3 spectrum will enable wireless companies to meet consumer expectations, particularly those using 4G LTE networks. We applaud the collaborative efforts of the FCC, Congress, NTIA, the Department of Defense, and the wireless industry, that … Continue reading


A Principle for the End of Bulk Collection

This week Congressmen Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) released the “End Bulk Collection Act of 2014”, which would end bulk collection of data related to electronic communications. The White House also announced that it is proposing an approach to end bulk collection. We applaud these proposals to end Section 215 bulk collection, but feel that it is critical to get the details of this important effort right. So at this early point in the process, we propose this basic principle that should guide the effort: the reformed collection process should not require companies to store data for longer than, or in formats that differ from, what they already do for business purposes. If Verizon receives a valid request for business records, we will respond in a … Continue reading


Verizon Supports Global Multi-stakeholder Process for Domain Names

Today (Friday, March 14), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community.  The following statement should be attributed to Craig Silliman, Verizon senior vice president for public policy: “We applaud NTIA for recognizing the global relevance of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions and the current maturity of multi-stakeholder frameworks. A successful transition in the stewardship of these important functions to the global multi-stakeholder community would be a timely and positive step in the evolution of Internet governance. Given the importance of the IANA functions to the stability and correct functioning of the Internet, it will be essential that a plan that preserves the security, stability, and seamless nature of the Internet be … Continue reading

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