Federal Internet Law & Policy
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Verizon Dont be a FOOL; The Law is Not DIY

- Bandwidth Caps
- BOCs
>Bell Atlantic / GTE
> Bell Atlantic Wholesale DSL
Verizon & Gripe Sites
- Net Neutrality
- Forbearance
- Backbone Policy

- PSTN Transition
- Video
- Data Caps

Verizon / XO Merger 2016

Verizon / MCI Merger (see WCOM)

Other Proceedings

Internet Interconnection Disputes

Litigation Enforcement

Open Internet Litigation

Domain Name Dispute

See ACPA discussion of ""


  • 2016 Verizon announces intent to acquire XO
  • 2015 Verizon acquires AOL Fortune June 24, 2015
  • Frontier Communications Corporation and Verizon Communications Inc., WC Docket No. 09-95, Memorandum Opinion and Order, 25 FCC Rcd 5972 (2010).
  • 2011 Verizon Challenges the 2010 Open Internet Rules
  • 2007 Verizon acquires America Movil
  • 2005 MCI Acquisition
  • 2000 Bell Atlantic / GTE Merger - Becomes Verizon
  • 1997: Bell Atlantic NYNEX Merger
  • 1993: "We will spend $11 billion over the next five years to rapidly build full-service networks capable of providing these services within the Bell Atlantic Region." [Kushnick (quoting 1993 BA Annual Report)]
  • 1993: "We're prepared to install between 1.5 and 2 million fiber optic lines through 1996 to begin building our portion of the Information
    Superhighway." [Kushnick (quoting 1993 NYNEX Annual Report)]
  • 1984 AT&T Divestiture - creation of the RBOCs


Data Caps

  • "in July 2012, both AT&T and Verizon Wireless announced plans to facilitate customers' sharing of data across smartphones, tablets, and other devices.936 The new shared data plans charge a monthly fee for each device and then charge for a shared pool of monthly data transfer ranging from 1 GB to 20 GB.937 Early evidence suggests that consumers materially increase their data consumption when upgrading to Long Term Evolution ("LTE") devices" FCC Annual Video Competition Report 2013
  • No current plans to cap bandwidth; fiber gives them sufficient capacity. [Albrecht 092308]

Data Centers

  • Equinix to buy 29 Verizon Data Centers for $3.6B, USA Today Dec. 6, 2016 ("Redwood City, Calif.-based Equinix will get 24 Verizon customer-facing data sites, which include  29 data center buildings across 15 metro areas in the U.S. and Latin America. Data centers typically store large amounts of data on hard drives.")
  • Shira Ovide and Rani Molia, Verizon Finds Only the Biggest Thrive Down on the Data Farm, MSPMentor, Bloomberg, Dec. 7, 2016 ("For Verizon and many of its telecom peers, the data-center business never became as big as they hoped as tech giants such as Inc. fundamentally changed the industry's dynamics. The result is a wave of capitulations by data-center owners. CenturyLink Inc., Windstream Holdings Inc. and India's Tata Communications Ltd. sold all or some of their data-center operations. Rackspace Hosting Inc., one of the biggest independent owners of data centers, agreed to a sale last summer. AT&T Inc. has also been trying to sell its data-center business.")


DHS Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS)

Verizon is a Communications Service Provider accredited to provide ECS. [DHS ECS]

Verizon, 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report at 15 (2015)