Google Blogs Verizon’s Broadbanditry

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Thu, Oct 4 - 12:23 pm EDT | 7 years ago by
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Two weeks ago, I bashed Verizon for suing to fight compatibility in the 700 MHz wireless broadband spectrum. Yesterday, the Google Public Policy Blog called out even more of Verizon’s broadbanditry.

Just three weeks ago, Verizon filed a lawsuit against the FCC, seeking to overturn the FCC’s attempt to bring Internet-style consumer choice via the 700 MHz auction. In a recent court filing, the company has also threatened to have next January’s auction itself halted unless the consumer choice provisions are eliminated. Now come various news reports suggesting that Verizon is lobbying behind the scenes (and in apparent violation of FCC rules) to once again convince the FCC to water down key aspects of the pro-consumer rule provisions.

It’s one thing when snarky bloggers blog a megacorporation’s shenanigans. It’s another thing when another megacorporation blogs them.

Let’s see Verizon blog back. If they face these grave accusations from a credible source head-on, they’ll prove their blog actually engages stakeholders in relevant dialogue. If they bury their heads in the sand, they’ll prove their blog is nothing more than decoration.

(Via John Battelle.)

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