Recently, Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ ) wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler, laying out why the government agency can’t regulate Internet connection deals it makes with Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX ) or other companies.
The letter was sent as the FCC is about to decide whether to reclassify Internet providers as “common carriers'” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. This reclassification would give the government more control over some Internet connection deals and proponents of the rules say it will help protect Net Neutrality.
But Internet providers don’t see it this way. Verizon’s VP and Associate General Counsell, William H. Johnson, wrote in the letter:
“Those arguments are misplaced and wrong. They are misplaced because, as the Commission itself has repeatedly found, interconnection agreements involve issues that are distinct from net neutrality, which has always focused on broadband Internet access providers’ handling of traffic over the last-mile connection to consumers.”
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