Verizon throws a tantrum following FCC’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ vote
That the telecoms would not like the FCC’s vote today, 3 to 2, to regulate broadband Internet as a public utility was predictable. But no one had a greater hand in today’s decision than Verizon, who sued the FCC to get the FCC Open Internet Order 2010 overturned.
It won, setting the stage for today’s action.
So, now Verizon is not a happy camper, writing an entry on its public policy blog that is written in Morse Code, and then translating the entry into a typewriter type face.
“Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors,” Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president, public policy and government affairs wrote. “Over the past two decades a bipartisan, light- touch policy approach unleashed unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband Internet age consumers now enjoy.”
““The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet has operated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history will judge today’s actions as misguided.”
Of course, lost in all of this is the fact that it was the government that created the Internet and helped establish the business that is now so profitable for Verizon and other companies. Yet, those same companies are among the most despised in the nation. (Journalists, politicians, lawyers and the telecoms all enjoy amazingly low approval ratings.)
Whatever. Verizon spends enough on lobbying to know that they are now going to have to just influence the regulators the same way other businesses lobby their regulators.
Meanwhile, Microsoft and other tech firms applauded the FCC vote today – though others stayed very quiet, apparently not wanting to rub it as they must still partner with the telecoms when selling their mobile devices.