Verizon's Press Release Telegraph's the Claims of Perjury [telecom]

Verizon's Morse Code Press Release Telegraph's the Claims of Perjury

by Bruce Kushnik

On February 26th, 2015, Verizon put out a press release claiming that the FCC's Net Neutrality decision was a "throwback that imposes 1930's rules on the Internet". And they put out an additional release -- in the language of a telegraph, the old "Morse code" -- to reinforce this view point.

It goes [on] to say that the FCC's decision is based on antiquated, utility-style regulations and rules written in the era of the steam locomotive and telegraph.

But there's a serious problem. The ... mark up includes [an] excerpt from Verizon's FiOS cable franchise application for the District of Columbia in 2007. (Note: Verizon uses similar, if not identical language in every Verizon state and municipality FiOS TV franchise.)

Besides the fact that as of 2015 Verizon's District of Columbia deployment is far from done and was extended last year, we find this curious thing - Verizon's Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) networks are Title II, common carriage, telecommunications networks that were built pursuant to that "old-time" utility regulatory classification, found in the Communications Act of 1934.

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