Thursday February 05, 2015

Verizon Is Mad That Its Huge Net Neutrality Gamble Backfired

The funny thing about all this is that Verizon has no one to blame but itself.

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 rulesآ—the kind of rules applied to the old telephone networkآ—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.