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Verizon Appeals FCC Net Neutrality Order

Despite the murmurings that the FCC’s new net neutrality rules basically reiterated Google’s and Verizon’s proposal allowing leeway for a second, paid Internet, Verizon is contesting the ruling, saying that the FCC is overreaching. Earlier this month, Verizon wrote a letter to the FCC that criticized its siding with Level 3 Communications in Comcast’s lawsuit against Level 3.

Verizon’s statement:

Verizon has long been committed to preserving an open Internet and meeting the needs of our customers. We have worked extensively with all players in the Internet and communications space to shape policies that ensure an open Internet and encourage investment, innovation and collaboration with content providers and others to meet the needs of consumers.

Today’s filing is the result of a careful review of the FCC’s order. We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.

(via Brian Stelter)

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