Bluster, Bluff and Braggadocio

On the eve of the FCC announcement of the proposed rules for net neutrality Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon Communications CEO, decided it was appropriate to float out a few gallons of FUD at the Supercomm 2009 in Chicago.

Oh please!

While he had an opportunity to evaluate and critically review the proposed rules that the FCC proposed some time ago he chose instead to carry on about how it would negatively impact the ROI of carriers and stifle innovation. Arguments that the telecom industry have dragged out over everything that challenged them to action in the past decades. It would seem to us that he has not raised any serious argument against the four rules proposed by the FCC but really has zoned in on the additional rules added by chairman Julius Genachowski;

  1. Prevent Internet access providers from discriminating against particular Internet content or applications, while allowing for reasonable network management,
  2. Ensure that Internet access providers are transparent about the network management practices they implement.

We too have some serious concerns about Genachowski’s rule 1 but there is a way to deal with it. Discuss the issue in a rational manner by addressing the implications and shortcomings of the proposal. By continuing to dish out the regular telecom invective Seidenberg gives the impression he and Verizon have something to hide.

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