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Verizon appears to soften its stance against net neutrality rules

Grant Gross | Nov. 6, 2014
The broadband provider, which sued the FCC over the agency's 2010 rules, says it might not challenge a basic set of regulations.

Verizon, in September, suggested the FCC allow broadband providers flexibility, and resisted any major changes in net neutrality rules. "Because the commission's light-touch approach to Internet regulation has reaped enormous consumer benefits over the last two decades, the commission should stay that course and not adopt any new rules," its lawyers wrote.

Advocates of strong net neutrality rules discounted Verizon's apparent shift this week.

"All of the carriers know they can live with the soft, hole-filled version of 706 rules that Verizon's court victory would require," Matt Wood, policy director at Free Press, said by email. "So rather than softening their actual stance, they're changing their rhetoric without changing their goals."

 

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