Verizon Files Net Neutrality Suit Against FCC
In my opinion, any company that opposes net neutrality is nuts. Because what they’re proposing is treating different web sites as if they were cable channels. That means they could make you pay more to visit sites that aren’t in their approved list of preferred sites.
Newsflash…give me 2 minutes and I can create a website. The Internet isn’t cable. Why Verizon and others think it should be treated as such isn’t hard to figure out…they’re greedy. And that’s fine. Fight that fight. But they’re wrong and will not win this fight. So I don’t even know why they’re trying to challenge it.
“Today’s filing is the result of a careful review of the FCC’s order,” Michael Glover, a Verizon lawyer, said in a statement.
“We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself,” he said. “We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.”
Let’s parse this. Verizon wants to limit which sites you can visit…so they can charge you more money. On the other end of the spectrum…the government wants to make sure they can’t do that so you can visit the BILLIONS of websites that exist. That’s very different than the HUNDREDS of cable channels.
Understandably, Republicans praised Verizon’s decision to actually regulate and limit the internet…even when they’re claiming that the FCC is doing it…
“We welcome the decision by Verizon, and hopefully others … to block the FCC’s misguided attempt to regulate the Internet,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a joint statement with Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Lee Terry (R-Neb.) “Between our legislative efforts and this court action, we will put the FCC back on firmer ground.”
Seriously, this is absolutely crazy. Net Neutrality is a no-brainer for consumers. This is such a bad move by Repubs. Oh well.