Verizon Policy Blog
Verizon Remains Committed to an Open Internet
Randal Milch, Verizon General Counsel
Earlier today, the D.C. Circuit issued its much-anticipated decision in Verizon v. FCC. The court rejected Verizonâ€™s position that Congress did not give the FCC jurisdiction over broadband access. At the same time, the court found that the FCC could not impose last centuryâ€™s common carriage requirements on the Internet, and struck down rules that limited the ability of broadband providers to offer new and innovative services to their customers. The Court upheld the Commissionâ€™s disclosure rules.
One thing is for sure: todayâ€™s decision will not change consumersâ€™ ability to access and use the Internet as they do now. The courtâ€™s decision will allow more room for innovation, and consumers will have more choices to determine for themselves how they access and experience the Internet. Verizon has been and remains committed to the open Internet that provides consumers with competitive choices and unblocked access to lawful websites and content when, where, and how they want. This will not change in light of the courtâ€™s decision.
We look forward to working with the FCC and Congress to keep the Internet a hub of innovation without the need for unnecessary new regulations that seek to manage the explosive dynamism of the Internet.