With substantial obfuscational aplomb, Craig Silliman, Verizon’s senior vice president of public policy and government relations, called for a “21st – century policy framework” that will “move away from large, technology-specific legislative set pieces and focus on a technology-agnostic policy framework that puts consumer-protection at its center.”
In other words, Verizon – no surprise – will not push for an overhaul of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, although it will encourage various government entities to develop a broad, albeit politically volatile and undefined “framework,” that has, as Silliman calls them, “four core objectives”: “Protect consumers. Encourage innovation. Encourage investment. Be technology-agnostic.”
Q: Where have we heard that before? A: Almost everywhere.
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