Verizon files again to stop FCC's net neutrality rules

Verizon doesn't care for the Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality rules and has now filed an appeal with the FCC to stop them from going into effect on November 22. The FCC finally made those rules official earlier in September by publishing them in the Federal Register. The new regulation state that Internet service providers, while allowing them to monitor and even slow down broadband speeds on their networks, cannot restrict access to web sites based on specific content.

Verizon's full statement, which is credited to its senior vice president and deputy general counsel Michael E. Glover, is as follows:

Verizon is fully committed to an open Internet.  We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks and services and on the Internet itself.  We believe this assertion of authority is inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers

Verizon has already tried once before to stop the net neutrality rules from going into effect earlier this year but a judge stopped that lawsuit. It said said that since the FCC's rules had not been published yet, Verizon could not yet file a claim to stop them. Meanwhile another activist group, the Free Press, has already filed its own lawsuit against the new regulations. They claim the FCC's rules are too weak, especially against wireless providers which the Free Press claims are exempt from most of the FCC's rules.

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Verizon isn't "against" an open internet and they aren't against the FCC net neutrality rules specifically; they are against a ruling this large. They are basically saying that if a legislation like this can be approved on such a scale, what's next? Anything is possible after such a legislation goes into affect. In their quote they don't even mention the "net neutrality rules", just the fact that a regulation this large across all broadband networks can cause uncertainty in the "communications industry" aka internet service providers.

If the FCC gets a hold of ISPs in the same way they got a hold of terrestrial radio we are going to see many more regulations coming down the pipe.

So you are saying that Verizon are not opposed to "net neutrality rules" but they are just against huge regulations? So in order to make a stand they are trying to block a FCC rule that will keep the "Internet" more open by making it illegal for Internet providers to limit a connection based on content? That is absurd and makes absolutely no sense.

Verizon are trying to block this because they make MONEY of being able to slow down or speed up broadband speeds to certain web sites or services.

Yes, they are trying to block the FCC because if the FCC becomes the governing body of the internet and ISPs you can expect many more regulations based on what they see fit. So yes, my comment does make sense.

The comment that doesn't make sense is that Verizon makes "MONEY" by slowing down and speeding up broadband speed. That is ABSURD! I have had Verizon's FiOS internet and TV service for about 3 years and NEVER had any downtime nor any slow down in speed during the life of my service. Verizon MAKES money by not slowing down speeds because of the amount of people who switch from Cablevision to Verizon is almost solely based on their service, uptime and *cough* dedicated speed.

Verizon showing it's dirty evil little hand but I doubt few will actually notice till it's too late. I remember when they came up with some counter net rules with Google, talk about a joke right there. It's clear that verizon knows the push for mobile will be the next thing and they want to be able to push their own sites/services or the ones they make deals with first over all the rest over their 3G/4G or w/e G we're at by then.

"Open" seems to mean something else to Verizon, and also Google by extension.

I think Verizon and VZW customers should petition, call in, and complain that they will break service if these actions persist. It's bad form Verizon.

Verizon is fully committed to an open Internet.

OK, sure, then why are you so opposed to regulations that ensure that the Internet remains as open as it is today?