A compromise that enables networks of the future

By: Kathleen Grillo
A compromise that nnables networks of the future

This post was coauthored by Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS.

In an effort to move beyond a more than decade-long debate, INCOMPAS and Verizon sent a letter to the FCC today that recommends adopting a permanent policy framework for all dedicated services, including Ethernet services. 

We agree that we need a new technology-neutral model – one that is legally sustainable, that recognizes the changes in the marketplace over the last ten years, that is flexible enough to accommodate new technology and new competitive circumstances going forward, and that will encourage the transition from legacy services to IP and more advanced communication services.

While we don’t agree on everything, and there is more work to be done, these principles are an important first step towards bringing an end to this proceeding and reflect a balanced approach that incorporates the concerns of both sides of this debate. 

We hope that these principles help the FCC formulate this balanced approach as it concludes its work. We believe this agreement represents a significant break from the stalemates of the past, and moves the conversation forward into the future. A future that is better for customers, communities, and companies who depend on advanced networks—both wired and wireless.

About the author(s): 

Kathleen (Kathy) Grillo is senior vice president and deputy general counsel, public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for Verizon's public policy, federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs, antitrust and privacy, and strategic alliances. Kathy has been with Verizon since 2002 and has served in various roles in the legal and public policy organizations, including representing Verizon at the Federal Communication Commission.

Before joining Verizon, she was in private practice at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. She attended the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia law school.

Kathy lives in Arlington, Virginia, although she proudly remains loyal to her hometown New York Yankees.