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The mega-ISPs have shared their thoughts on today's FCC net neutrality ruling, and you'll be shocked and surprised to learn that they don't much like it. AT&T, for example, insisted in a blog post
that the FCC's since-overturned 2010 net neutrality rules (which did little and didn't cover wireless) were good enough, and that the unprecedented public-supported effort to pass tougher rules was a horrible example of "rigidity" and a failure on the part of new FCC boss Tom Wheeler:
Every chairman in my memory, including the current one, has faced political stampedes of one sort or another. Yet the agency has always tried to find a middle ground and a consensus win. They’ve understood that a win, unlike a fight, is the product of reaching out to both sides, and working in a bipartisan way to find a solution. A win is the product of compromise, thoughtful policy, and a genuine desire to find the answer to a complex set of issues.
Of course every Chairman before Wheeler, whether it was Martin, Genachowski, or Powell, actually went out of his way to avoid saying no to AT&T
, going so far as to let them co-write the 2010 rules. Wheeler, despite being a former lobbyist for the wireless industry, was the first FCC boss in a very long time to stand up to AT&T to the shock of everyone. Still, AT&T says that whatever happens, it will do its best to protect the public from "animosity, exaggeration, demonization and fear-mongering" moving forward.
Meanwhile, Verizon tried to have a sense of humor about the day's events, posting a blog entry
written entirely in Morse code.
As we've noted, Verizon's been looking to offload its fixed-line assets for years
, since the company clearly finds wireless service (and caps and overages) a far-more profitable venture. As such they've spent the last few years actually raising rates and neglecting unwanted customers
in the hopes they'll leave to wireless, or leave to companies like Comcast (where they'll then be pitched...you guessed it...Verizon Wireless services as part of a co-marketing arrangement).
Verizon and Frontier Communications have formally announced that Frontier is buying another massive chunk of Verizon's unwanted fixed-line network. According to a Frontier press release
, the $10.5 billion deal will involve Frontier acquiring all
of Verizon's residential, commercial and wholesale customers in California, Florida and Texas.
The FCC's 2010 net neutrality rules were, if you'll recall, originally written with heavy help by the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Google. As such they had loopholes large enough to drive several convoys through, and they didn't cover wireless at all. story continues..
Those unconfirmed Verizon employee rumors I've been hearing about
of a Verizon sale of Florida, Texas and California DSL and POTS assets to CenturyLink got it half right: Verizon is
preparing to sell off a massive chunk of its fixed-line network. Except according to a report in the Wall Street Journal
it's Frontier doing the buying.
For a few months now Verizon employees have been whispering in my ear that they've been hearing rumors of another large Verizon fixed-line network asset (POTS, DSL) sale -- specifically some or all of California, Florida and Texas assets to CenturyLink. To be clear, none of these insiders could offer corroborating evidence of this, and Verizon wouldn't respond to my request for comment. story continues..
Normally advertisement dispute ads between ISPs are handled by the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau, a sort of self-regulated industry mechanism to handle disputes so that regulators don't get involved. Occasionally though disputes end in lawsuit, like this week when Cablevision announced
it would be suing Verizon over Wi-Fi network claims.
Some Verizon shareholders have started more vocally complaining that the company's war on net neutrality is harming the company's long term value. Verizon investors at the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Trillium Asset Management LLC have started making their displeasure more loudly known
, filing a new proposal
requesting more company analysis and reporting on the potential business risks of waging an endless war on net neutrality.
Netflix today released their ISP streaming performance ranking for December
, which offers performance data based on the 53 million global Netflix viewers and the two billion hours of content they watch each month. There wasn't too much of a shake up in this month's ranking, with Verizon FiOS continuing to top the list after they struck an interconnection deal with Netflix last year.
As Verizon and AT&T look to offload DSL markets they don't want to upgrade to focus on wireless, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made another comment this week suggesting that more of the company's DSL and POTS markets could be sold. Speaking at the Citi 2015 Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference McAdam stated
that the company still has some fixed-line assets that would geographically make more since if sold to another telco.
Earlier this year we noted how some New Jersey residents have been complaining that Verizon never delivered the 45 Mbps to 100% of the population the company promised back in the 90's
as part of an agreement with the state. Verizon (then Bell Atlantic) was given billions in tax deductions in exchange for fixed-line broadband the company never delivered.
Earlier this month a blog post by Verizon indicated that Verizon would sue
the FCC if the agency tried to pass anything other than the flimsy, Section 706 rules the FCC already tried to implement once. As noted at the time
, Verizon would prefer it if readers of their missives ignore that it was Verizon that sued to overturn the FCC's original Section 706 rules, bringing us to the current Title II debate in the first place.
As noted previously, Verizon's FiOS expansion has been over for several years
, with the exception of franchise build out promises for major cities (though some of those deployment promises, like in NYC, probably won't be met
). Still, some of the forgotten regions in Verizon's footprint (like Alexandria, Baltimore, Buffalo & Boston) continue to hold out hope that the company will eventually decide to extend FiOS a little bit further.
While consumer advocacy groups and the EFF have been far from impressed
, so far the mega-ISPs had yet to comment on the FCC's leaked proposal to take a "hybrid
" approach to net neutrality rules. That approach would leave residential broadband connection classified as is to avoid a legal skirmish, while classifying the connections between ISPs and edge providers like Netflix as "information services" under Title II.
Verizon's latest earnings
were released this morning, the company seeing a net income of $3.79 billion on revenue of $31.6 billion. While Verizon slightly missed Wall Street estimates, competition from T-Mobile didn't dent big red much: the company added 1.5 million wireless customers in the third quarter, 1.1 million of which were tablets.
Back in 2012 Verizon and RedBox proudly joined forces to launch
the creatively-named Redbox Instant by Verizon
, which was supposed to be a significant competitor for Netflix. This year however reports began to emerge that the service wasn't doing very well
, and I've noticed that Verizon hasn't worked very hard to promote the partnership.
Baltimore is one of a number of cities that Verizon skipped over when deploying FiOS
, leaving most city residents with only the uncomptitive option of either sluggish Verizon DSL or Comcast (if they're lucky). They're also one of the countless cities who begged for Google Fiber attention to no avail.
Baltimore's now hoping to take matters into their own hands, and have hired a consultant to explore
a number of possible ideas ranging from reworking their protectionist citywide franchise agreement with Comcast, to possibly building some or all of the kind of network nobody else wants to:
"Baltimore is still in the exploratory stages of the initiative but the city will likely build out some of its own fiber infrastructure that it will use to lure new competitors to the area. Jason Hardebeck, the executive director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, tells the Business Journal that the city may also consider making its own municipal Wi-Fi network that will be run more like a public utility."
Of course paying a consultant $157,000 is certainly no guarantee anything gets accomplished, but it's interesting how the one-two punch of Google Fiber and Wheeler's criticism of state protectionist broadband law
has seriously reheated a subject that for a decade had largely flown under the radar.
Syracuse, New York is the perfect example of a broken American broadband industry. On the one hand, Verizon has refused to install FiOS in the city itself -- leaving the majority of the city's customers on outdated and very expensive DSL lines. story continues..
A few months ago I noted how Verizon had been claiming that we shouldn't have tough consumer net neutrality protections -- because they could harm deaf people and the disabled
. To hear Verizon tell it, banning the creation of "fast lanes" would in turn harm services for the deaf and disabled, though as I noted at the time this was quite the straw man and red herring
(straw herring?) that even the disabled didn't agree with.
Now Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica
directs your attention to the fact that some additional deaf and disabled groups have responded to Verizon's recent claims, and they're not particularly impressed with Verizon's use of their disability as a revenue-protection tool. In comments filed with the FCC
, a number of deaf advocacy groups like the National Association of the Deaf make their positions clear:
"We also take this opportunity to express our concern over the reported contentions of at least one broadband provider that the Commission should facilitate 'fast lanes'—essentially permitting paid prioritization—for the sake of accessibility. While we strongly believe that Internet-based services and applications must be made accessible, we also believe that doing so is possible on an open network and without the need for broadband providers to specifically identify traffic from accessibility applications and separate it out for special treatment."
Not only do the deaf groups disagree with Verizon's bogus contention that Verizon's fighting net neutrality on their behalf, groups ranging from the National Association of the Deaf ranging to the American Association of People with Disabilities also strongly support the reclassification of ISPS as utilities under the Communications Act, something Verizon and other large ISPs have vehemently opposed
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