Verizon Policy Blog

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

Jul21

A Broadband Breakthrough

Until now, most consumer broadband service has been asymmetric – the downstream speed into your home is much higher than the upstream speed going from your home. Historically this has worked well, since much of what people have done on the Internet has been download-only, such as viewing webpages, buying music or e-books or watching movies. In effect, we were mostly just ...well, consumers, and not creators. All of that is now changing.  We are very much becoming a culture of creators and sharers. We are increasingly uploading more stuff – everything from online hard drive backups to the cloud, to two-way video communication, to user-created content such as videos and music.  To meet that need, Verizon over its fiber to the premises network, FiOS, is … Continue reading

Jul21

Level 3’s Selective Amnesia on Peering

Last week, Level 3 decided to call attention to their congested links into Verizon’s network. Unlike other Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), which pay for connections into ISP networks to ensure they have adequate capacity to deliver the content they have been hired to deliver, Level 3 insists on only using its existing settlement-free peering links even though, as Level 3 surprisingly admits in their blog, these links are experiencing significant congestion. Level 3’s solution? Rather than buy the capacity they need, Level 3 insists that Verizon should add capacity to the existing peering link for additional downstream traffic even though the traffic is already wildly out of balance. Level 3 has been on the other end of these peering disputes in the past. In 2005 they found that Cogent was in … Continue reading

Jul16

US Treasury Secretary & Verizon agree on the importance of cybersecurity

Yesterday, United States Treasury Secretary Jacob "Jack" Lew visited the Verizon Enterprise Solutions campus in Ashburn, Virginia, to meet with Verizon's cybersecurity experts and discuss the critical importance of cybersecurity solutions in the financial sector. You can read about his visit and the work Verizon is doing to bridge the "cyber innovation gap," at the VES News Center. This morning, Secretary Lew gave a speech on the need for new cybersecurity solutions in the finanical sector at the 2014 Delivering Alpha conference. Read his full remarks here. Continue reading

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