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Verizon Launching Legal Assault on Net Neutrality

Postby Narcosis » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:32 pm

You could almost smell this coming a mile away, as Verizon now gleefully adopts restructures of their mobile division which now want to charge smartphone users $30 for one f**king GB of data per month and their support of garbage like SOPA/PIPA, and the Euro version ACTA. Well now the bastards are taking on net neutrality itself, probably so they can bottleneck certain websites, cap users to prevent people from switching off their Verizon TV service to watch Netflix and Hulu instead and give preferential treatment to those who pay the most in ad revenue.

If we were Europe I'd have full confidence Verizon would be laughed out of the courtroom, but alas we live in the United States, where corporations are considered people and where corporate interests have alot more sway.

Verizon urges court to scrap net-neutrality rules

Verizon filed a brief in federal court on Monday in its lawsuit to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net-neutrality rules.

Verizon argued that the FCC had overstepped its authority when it adopted the rules in 2010. The telecom company also claimed the regulations are "arbitrary and capricious," as well as unconstitutional.

The net-neutrality rules prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to legitimate websites.

Supporters of the rules say they preserve competition and consumer choice, but opponents argue they are an unnecessary burden on businesses and amount to government control of the Internet.

The D.C. Court of Appeals, which is hearing Verizon's challenge, ruled against the FCC when it tried to enforce the principle of net neutrality against Comcast in 2010. That setback led the FCC to enact its current regulation later that year.

In Monday's filing, Verizon argued that instead of "proceeding with caution" in light of the Comcast ruling, the FCC adopted rules that "go even farther than its prior action and impose dramatic new restrictions on broadband Internet access service providers."

"Here again, the FCC has acted without statutory authority to insert itself into this crucial segment of the American economy, while failing to show any factual need to do so," Verizon wrote.

The company argued that Congress never authorized the FCC to regulate Internet access and that the agency acted without sufficient evidence to suggest the rules were necessary.

Verizon claimed that the rules violate its First Amendment free speech rights.

"Broadband networks are the modern-day microphone by which their owners engage in First Amendment speech," Verizon wrote.

The company also argued the rules violate the Fifth Amendment by forcing broadband network owners to allow others to use their private property for free.

MetroPCS is also suing the FCC over the rules and joined in many of Verizon's arguments.

An FCC spokesman said the agency looks "forward to defending our open Internet rules in court."

"This strong and balanced framework is helping ensure that the Internet continues to thrive as an engine for innovation, investment, job creation, and free expression,” the agency spokesman said in an email.

The FCC's legal response is due in September.
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Re: Verizon Launching Legal Assault on Net Neutrality

Postby geikou » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:14 pm

Ooh! If everything that passes through their network is their free speech, then that means that they're also liable for everything on the network too, right? No more common carrier status! (Of course not, though, since they're obviously trying to have their cake and eat it too.)


cap users to prevent people from switching off their Verizon TV service to watch Netflix and Hulu instead and give preferential treatment to those who pay the most in ad revenue.


Comcast already has a cap (though they're getting rid of the cap that simply cuts off your internet in favor of one that charges like crazy if you exceed it) and using Xfinity does not count against the cap. Sounds like the opposite of net neutrality to me.
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Re: Verizon Launching Legal Assault on Net Neutrality

Postby Narcosis » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:05 pm

geikou wrote:Ooh! If everything that passes through their network is their free speech, then that means that they're also liable for everything on the network too, right?


Fine by me! let's see them backpedal the first time someone mentions the child porn that occasionally sneaks through on sites like 4chan and reddit or on anonymous tor and vpn networks. :lol:

But yeah, I've about had it with Verizon myself and if they even think about removing my unlimited data on my phone when my 2 year contract expires next month I will drop kick their asses so fast and switch carriers. So this bullshit with them trying to use the legal system to screw over their broadband users and force the market to bend to their archaic models rather than innovate for modern needs is just another nail in the coffin.
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Re: Verizon Launching Legal Assault on Net Neutrality

Postby geikou » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:27 pm

Oh, you use a Verizon phone? If you haven't heard about it already, this might be of interest to you: http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/12/06/ ... data-plans


Previously, it was reported that Verizon was considering eliminating their current data plan scheme, as well as the grandfathered unlimited plans, in favor of a new 'bucket' plan in which up to 10 devices would share a data allotment. Verizon has now officially acknowledged the new scheme, called the 'Share Everything' plan, which will go into effect as of June 28, 2012. According to USA Today, 'Under the new pricing plan, a smartphone customer opting for the cheapest data bucket, 1 gigabyte, will pay $90 before taxes and fees ($40 for phone access and $50 for 1 GB). Customers can add a basic phone, laptop and tablet to share data for $30, $20 and $10, respectively.' Those of us still grandfathered into the unlimited plan will be forced (when upgrading) to either sign up for Share Everything or one of the tiered pricing plans currently in effect.

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Re: Verizon Launching Legal Assault on Net Neutrality

Postby Narcosis » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:37 pm

Oh yeah, I am aware, because I was contemplating getting a Galaxy SIII phone when my contract expired, but then they made it so my monthly bill would go up $20 if I wanted to even have a pitiful 2GB per month. It's absurd, and if they switch me to limited data next month I will be done with them since I can get a Galaxy SIII from Sprint as well and have unlimited data.
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Re: Verizon Launching Legal Assault on Net Neutrality

Postby si1vergecko » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:01 pm

Personally I fail to see how suppressing Comcast from suppressing other services violates their first amendment rights.
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