Verizon Mocks FCC Net Neutrality Ruling With Typewritten Press Release
Verizon dated the release "1934" to imply net neutrality is an outdated concept.
Verizon is not happy with the new FCC ruling approving net neutrality, issuing a mocking typewritten press release Thursday comparing the FCC decision to the steam locomotive and the telegraph.
Verizon senior vp Michael E. Glover released the statement Thursday in typewriter font, saying, "Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors."
“The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open Internet but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-plus pages of broad and open-ended regulatory arcana that will have unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the Internet ecosystem for years to come."
Glover said Verizon remains committed "to an open Internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and Internet access when, where and how they want."
Verizon later reissued the exact same statement in Morse code. Here's a link to the full release.
Verizon, of course, is trying to piggyback off of the viral tweet Netflix sent out Wednesday in support of net neutrality. The tweet brilliantly illustrated the danger high-speed fast lanes and content throttling by big ISP provider's like Verizon and Comcast could post for larger content providers such as Netflix and small startups alike by spelling out "What if the Internet was so slow it loaded one word at a time? Don't let Comcast win." It currently has more than 25,000 retweets and 18,000 favorites.
What if the Internet was so slow it loaded one word at a time? Don't let Comcast win. http://t.co/OCoIdQiIN3— Netflix US (@netflix) February 25, 2015