The Federal Communications Commission is about to make a big decision that wouldn’t have been necessary if not for a lawsuit “won” by Verizon.
Verizon sued to block the FCC’s 2010 net neutrality order, leading to a court ruling that threw out rules against blocking and discrimination. The court said the FCC erred by imposing per se common carrier rules—the kind of rules applied to the old telephone network—onto broadband without first classifying broadband providers as common carriers. Now, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to reclassify broadband as a common carriage service, an even worse outcome for Verizon and fellow ISPs.
Without mentioning its own role in bringing about this scenario, Verizon today criticized Wheeler’s decision. Michael Glover, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel, wrote today in the company’s policy blog:
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