Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Verizon: Congress Should Decide Internet Rules

In response to FCC Chairman Genachowski's Internet rules proposal, Verizon said it supports the goal of an "open and free Internet" and that it has publicly embraced non-discrimination obligations for both its wireline and wireless broadband Internet access services.

Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications:

"The only issue is the extent to which the FCC should regulate in this area. In this fast-moving marketplace, inappropriate regulation can be very harmful to consumers, companies, and the ability of this industry to create jobs, provide new services, and be an engine for economic growth. That is why it is so important that policymakers get this right.

"In tackling this issue, the FCC is hamstrung by an antiquated communications statute. That's why this issue should be addressed by Congress. Verizon has consistently called on Congress to update and reform the statute and adopt public policies that will encourage an open Internet, as well as promote investment and innovation across the Internet marketplace.

"If the FCC decides to act on the net neutrality issue, we urge the commissioners to recognize the limitations of the current statute and the rapidly changing conditions in the marketplace and make any rules it adopts interim, rather than permanent. Specifically, the commission should consider the framework of the Waxman proposal, including its sunset provision. The FCC's authority to act in this area is uncertain, and Congress has indicated a strong interest in addressing this issue; interim rules would encourage congressional action, while showing appropriate deference to Congress."http://www.verizon.com

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