Appeals Court Decision on Comcast vs. FCC Will Have no Impact on Consumers, Verizon General Counsel Says

WASHINGTON - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday (April 6) reversed the Federal Communications Commission's 2008 order regarding Comcast's network management practices.  The following statement on the court decision should be attributed to Randal S. Milch, Verizon executive vice president and general counsel:

"Today's decision in Comcast vs. FCC will have no impact on the experience of Internet users.  Consumers are in the driver's seat in today's market-driven Internet ecosystem, and their interests remain fully protected.  The court recognized that the FCC does have Title I ancillary authority over Internet access.  In this case, the FCC simply failed to link its actions to its statutory responsibilities.  The FCC's authority supplements the various other consumer protection and competition laws that apply to all members of the Internet ecosystem."