Verizon Policy Blog


Verizon Signs Patent Licensing Deal with Google to Promote Innovation

I’m delighted to announce that today we signed a patent licensing agreement with Google to lower the risk of frivolous patent litigation. The Constitution says that the patent system is supposed to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.” But in high-tech industries like ours, the patent system can be exploited to get in the way of innovation. High-tech products can implicate thousands of patents, and when patent litigation takes years, costs millions of dollars, and comes long after innovators have launched new products, the Johnny-come-lately owner of a single patent can threaten an entire innovative ecosystem. That’s bad for innovation and bad for American consumers. Verizon has long championed patent reforms and industry actions that promote innovation. We’re … Continue reading

Google, Intellectual Property, IP, Patent Reform, Patent Trolls, Patents


Amicus Brief: U.S. Search Warrants Do Not Apply to Data Stored Overseas

Today, Verizon filed an amicus brief in support of Microsoft’s appeal to reverse a federal court’s decision that allowed the U.S. government to use a warrant to compel Microsoft to produce a customer’s email stored overseas. We were joined on our brief by Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, and Infor. The case does not involve Verizon or any Verizon customers’ data. Indeed, Verizon has not received any warrants from the U.S. government for customer data stored in our enterprise data centers outside the United States and we do not expect to receive such demands. Still, we have submitted this brief in order to turn back an unlawful overreach by the U.S. government. The law does not allow the … Continue reading

Cloud, Foreign Data Storage, LEADS Act, Microsoft, Privacy


The Relationship Between Investment and Regulation

This is a guest post from Fran Shammo, Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Last night, a few news sites ran stories about recent comments I made at an investor conference in response to a question about how the threat of Title II regulation might impact Verizon’s capital investment. As Verizon has indicated on several occasions over the past few weeks, discussions about potential regulatory changes related to net neutrality have been going on for a decade, and we don't change our short-term view on investment based on rumors of what might or might not happen. But as we and other observers of the net neutrality debate have made abundantly clear, experience in other countries shows that over-regulation decreases network investment. If the … Continue reading

FCC, Innovation, Investment, Net Neutrality, Regulation


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


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

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