Friday, December 27, 2013

Analyst says Verizon should win Network Neutrality case against FCC

Stifel Nicolaus analyst Christopher King believes that Verizon will win against the FCC in court over network neutrality rules. The ruling should set a standard for industry pricing and services and dictate “if” specific providers could pay for an premium lane across the Internet to deliver services faster. Originally the FCC filed to bar Internet service providers from blocking specific Internet content or slowing down websites that don’t pay premium fee’s for faster access. King says "We believe Verizon and other telco and cable providers could gain new latitude to seek new premium (paid prioritization) deals with Internet edge/content companies," in a report earlier this week. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler might be forced to rewrite the agency’s Net Neutrality rules based on the court's decision, which could affect today’s “Open Internet” as we know it where all sites are treated equal.