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By 2025, there will be 80 billion connected devices online. #IoT http://vz.to/1CdkeGy
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This week, Verizon filed comments with the FCC regarding the high cost of making calls from federal prisons. It continues to be too expensive for many inmates to stay in regular contact with their friends and families. Prison calling rates need to come down. [PDF]




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Today, Verizon filed another amicus brief (along with Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Ebay, and others) supporting Microsoft in its fight with the US government over the reach of US search warrants for data stored in the cloud.
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As the +FCC begins looking at how to best implement the transition from old legacy networks to new IP- and fiber-based networks, we discuss how our customers have benefited from our investment in next-generation networks.
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Last week, Sen. Patrick Leahy sent Verizon a letter asking about our plans to implement so-called "paid prioritization" over our broadband networks. Verizon has not and does not undertake "paid prioritization," and has no plans to do so.
In our response, we note that no ISP has offered any clear business case for this hypothetical practice, and that the FCC already has the necessary authority to ban any form of prioritization that is harmful to consumers or competition.
Read the whole thing.
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Yesterday, Verizon's Mike Glover had the following comments in response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's #netneutrality   #TitleII   announcement:
"Heavily regulating the Internet for the first time is unnecessary and counterproductive. It is unnecessary because all participants in the Internet ecosystem support an open Internet, and the FCC can address any harmful behavior without taking this radical step. Moreover, Congress is working on legislation that would codify open Internet rules once and for all. It is counterproductive because heavy regulation of the Internet will create uncertainty and chill investment among the many players -- not just Internet service providers -- that now will need to consider FCC rules before launching new services.”
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There is no terminating access monopoly in broadband, and without a terminating access monopoly, no rationale for reclassification under #TitleII .
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Our latest #transparency report for the 2nd half of 2014 is now available. "While it is encouraging that so many companies are now publishing transparency reports, the only way for the public to have a complete view of the demands our governments make is if those governments report the number and types of demands they make for customer information."
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Verizon and Google have signed a #Patent licensing deal to curb the damage that #PatentTrolls can do. In the high-tech industry, any new product can implicate thousands of patents and levy a huge "innovation tax" on providers and consumers. Agreements like this one are important, but they aren't a fix to the system. Verizon looks forward to working with Congress to promote meaningful patent litigation reform in 2015.
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Verizon doesn't make capital investment decisions on a one-year time frame, or change investment plans according to the latest hearsay from Washington. That said, one need only to look to Europe to see the long-run impact of heavy-handed broadband regulation. 
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Effective Net Neutrality rules – without further judicial intervention – are within reach, if the FCC takes the Section 706 route it originally proposed.
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Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has some advice for European regulators about how to best support Europe's fast-growing digital economy.
Integrity is at the heart of everything we do. Learn how the Verizon Credo, along with our code of conduct and company policies guide us to a high standard of performance. Integrity is at the heart of everything we do. Learn how the Verizon Credo, along with our code of conduct and company ...
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