The telecommunications giant is not happy about today’s FCC vote approving strict new regulations on internet providers. But the result is a couple of amusing press releases.
2. Verizon is not happy about today’s FCC vote to treat broadband internet as a public utility, just like telephone lines.
In response, Verizon argued that the rules being applied were outdated relics from a previous communications era and would regulate the internet like the early telephone networks of the 1930s.
3. After today’s vote, Verizon put out two official replies: one in morse code and one using a type writer font and dated “1934” instead of “2015.” The Communiations Act, which gives the FCC the authority to reclassify broadband, was written in 1934.
7. Is this a cringeworthy attempt reduce a crucial public policy debate down to gimmicky press releases? Sure. But it’s also reflective of a fight where one of the deadliest weapons was a viral video.
John Oliver’s net neutrality bit led to so many comments that the FCC’s commenting system broke down.