FCC urged to investigate Verizon’s “two-faced” statements on utility rules

The complaint calls Verizon “the ‘Janus’ of telecom,” referring to a two-faced god of Roman mythology. “Verizon has claimed and continues to claim that Title II would harm the companies’ [Verizon and Verizon Wireless] investments,” they wrote. “However, this is in direct contradiction to Verizon’s own filings, statements, SEC and state-based filings, the companies’ cable franchise agreement—every fiber optic wire appears to be Title II.” That includes fiber lines used to deliver home Internet service and the fiber lines that feed into Verizon Wireless’ cell towers, Kushnick and Allibone wrote. Kushnick pointed to a 2012 statement by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo that wireline capital dollars were paying for wireless expansion. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
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