Verizon echoes Comcast: Feds shouldn't reign over Internet service providers
Verizon Communications, ahead of a change in Congress, urged self- regulation of the Internet as the Federal Communications Commission attempts to assert more authority over broadband service providers like it.
Tom Tauke, Verizon's executive vice president of public affairs, said in a meeting Tuesday hosted by the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association, that so-called net neutrality rules proposed by the FCC and its push to govern broadband service providers "have resulted in court rebukes and considerable uncertainty."
"After haggling over the issue for over five years, we are essentially in the same place we were when this debate started," Tauke said. "There still is no identifiable problem to be solved, and instead, as predicted, technology and market forces are ensuring that access to the Internet is open to consumers, as well as to developers of content and services."
Tauke's comments echo those of his counterpart at Comcast, the nation's largest broadband service provider earlier this week.
The FCC's proposal has been met with considerable opposition from big network carriers. But consumer groups, Web applications firms such as Facebook and Google and smaller Internet service providers such as Cox have supported the FCC's rules.
Verizon and Google proposed baseline guidelines that would prevent ISPs from blocking or speeding/slowing downloads of Web pages. Their agreed proposal would not have applied to wireless services. Verizon and Vodafone own Verizon Wireless, the nation's biggest wireless service providers in terms of subscribers.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has not indicated if the commission would pursue its net neutrality proposal this year. Industry watchers will look to December for the FCC to push forward with its plan, which analysts and observers say the agency may try to accomplish under its questionable jurisdiction over ISPs.
FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said at a conference sponsored by public interest groups in New Mexico Tuesday that he continued to support the rules.
“Our job now ... is to correct course by reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service, and call an apple an apple, and then craft rules and procedures that will protect consumers against discrimination, protect against a privatized Internet, and protect against the cannibalization, cable-ization and further consolidation of broadband technology,” Copps said, according to a release by Free Press, a public interest group that co-sponsored the event.
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| November 17, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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