Why is Verizon suing over net neutrality rules it once supported?


VerizoogleBy Nate Anderson – In the wake of Verizon’s decision to sue the FCC over its net neutrality rules, it’s worth taking a look back at the rules Verizon actually supported last autumn. In an effort to head off the FCC effort, Verizon huddled quietly with Google and produced a “suggested legislative framework” for net neutrality.

Verizon/Google proposal contained one suggestion, rejected by the FCC: it should be passed by Congress, not the FCC, and the FCC should not have “rulemaking authority” over nondiscrimination requirements and consumer protections. In other words, the FCC could have a bit of enforcement power, but it would be forbidden from writing key new regulations that might alter or expand its power over networks.

And that was apparently enough to set Verizon off. more> http://tinyurl.com/6es2c6c

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