Entries Matching: Verizon
Last week Public Knowledge and the Open Internet Coalition
submitted an “intervenor’s brief” in support of the open internet rules in Verizon v. FCC. Along with our brief, other allied parties including Columbia Law
Professor Tim Wu, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and several former
FCC commissioners offered “friend of the court” briefs, or “amicus briefs,” in
favor of the FCC.
Verizon claims it has the First Amendment right to edit,
prioritize, or block its customers’ access to the internet. Verizon’s First
Amendment argument plays an interesting role in the case, to which each
responded in the following three briefs.
Tim Wu’s Amicus Brief
Recently, arguments against network neutrality as a
“solution in search of a problem” have resurfaced (recently subscribed to by Mitt
Romney’s campaign, recently argued by Verizon
in its challenge to the Open Internet Order, and also argued here
People who make this argument essentially claim either (1) discrimination predicted
by Public Knowledge (and the FCC) will never actually come to pass, or (2)
discrimination can be benign or even beneficial.
Today, Verizon Wireless announced its new pricing plans for mobile phones and data. If you mostly use your phone for data, this is bad news.
Verizon's New Pricing Plan
On any given day, on any given cable or satellite system, subscribers
will see a message telling them that a favorite channel which had been in one
spot on the channel lineup has been shifted to another. It happens all the time as channels are
added, subtracted or moved around.
It's not a big deal.
Unless, of course, the cable channel in question is
Bloomberg Television. Since March
2011, Bloomberg has been trying to hold the Comcast-NBCU media behemoth to the
promises it made, and agreed to, in order to complete the takeover that
resulted in one of the biggest media companies in history. Comcast's power and influence belies
its rankings of #66 on the Fortune 500 and #101 on the Financial Times Global
500. The numbers don't show the
power of the largest cable provider, largest high-speed Internet provider, a TV
network, a movie studio and numerous cable channels all rolled into one.
The orders the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued last week in its review of the big deal between Verizon, Comcast and assorted other cable players will force the companies to play by the rules, and will provide a good view into how the industry is trying to construct its own little cartel. The FCC staff asked a number of detailed questions, and the answers could show how Verizon and its four cable partners want to divide the world among themselves.