Verizon’s Plan to Break the Internet
SaveTheInternet ^ | 9/18/13 | Timothy Karr
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:42:01 AM by shego
Verizon has a big plan for the Internet. And if that doesn’t worry you, it should.
The company is trying to overturn the Federal Communications Commission‘s Open Internet Order, which prevents Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or otherwise discriminating against online content.
And in court last Monday, Verizon lawyer Helgi Walker made the company’s intentions all too clear, saying the company wants to prioritize those websites and services that are willing to shell out for better access. She also admitted that the company would like to block online content from those companies or individuals that don’t pay Verizon’s tolls….
In court last week, the judges asked whether the company intended to favor certain websites over others.
“I’m authorized to state from my client today,” Verizon attorney Walker said, “that but for these rules we would be exploring those types of arrangements.”
Walker’s admission might have gone unnoticed had she not repeated it at least five times during oral arguments.
In response to Judge Laurence Silberman‘s line of questioning about whether Verizon should be able to block any website or service that doesn’t pay the company’s proposed tolls, Walker said: “I think we should be able to; in the world I’m positing, you would be able to.”
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