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Self Description

July 2009: "Verizon Communications Inc., headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 86 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 237,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion."

November 2002: "Verizon Communications, (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of high-growth communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with over 135 million access line equivalents and over 31 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the world's largest provider of print and online directory information. A Fortune 10 company with more than 236,000 employees...Verizon's global presence extends to 37 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific."

Third-Party Descriptions

July 2011: "In bringing together the media companies and Internet carriers, the deal demonstrates how the once-clear line separating those two businesses has been blurred. Eight years ago, the Recording Industry Association of America had to sue Verizon to try to uncover the identity of a customer who was sharing music online. This year, Comcast completed its merger with NBC, bringing an owner of digital content and a conduit for it under the same roof."

July 2009: 'Come to think about it, that example — the iPhone — is pretty much the only one anybody cares about. These aren’t handset-exclusivity hearings; they’re “Why can’t we have the iPhone on Verizon?” hearings.'

July 2009: "Critics have complained that Verizon and AT&T, which together serve about 60 percent of all wireless customers, use their dominance to push out competition through exclusive contracts with handset makers. They also claim that the carriers have blocked mobile software applications such as the voice service Skype, which competes with their services."

November 2008: "Meanwhile, Verizon, one of the few companies holding out on broadband caps, says it has no plans for implementing broadband caps in the near future."

July 2008: "President Bush had threatened to veto the bill if it did not protect companies such as AT&T and Verizon Communications from about 40 lawsuits alleging they violated the privacy of their customers by helping the government conduct a secret surveillance program without court warrants after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."

July 2008: "For laborers who join crews on larger jobs, it is somewhat easier to legally pursue unpaid wages. In one case, three area nonprofit groups helped some Hispanic workers file a class-action suit against Verizon Communications, claiming that the workers had not received all their pay after digging ditches for fiber-optic cable in the Washington area. Verizon has claimed the responsibility lies with the subcontractors who hired the workers."

June 2008: "The agreement extends the government's ability to eavesdrop on espionage and terrorism suspects while effectively providing a legal escape hatch for AT&T, Verizon Communications and other telecom firms. They face more than 40 lawsuits that allege they violated customers' privacy rights by helping the government conduct a warrantless spying program after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."

June 2008: "Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to block access to Internet bulletin boards and Web sites nationwide that disseminate child pornography."

April 2008: "AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) have spent more than $70 billion in the past two years to expand capacity and fortify their networks with optical technology and other capacity-enhancing gear. Consumers will ultimately foot the bill. Trying to get broadband costs and revenue in line, some carriers are eyeing Internet service plans that charge by the megabyte. That could set the stage, eventually, for the end of Web plans that are priced on speed instead of actual consumption, which is now the case."

March 2008: "Last year, Verizon Wireless sued telemarketers it said inundated its networks with more than 12 million unsolicited commercial text messages. In its lawsuit, the wireless carrier said it was able to block all but 4,618. Customers were hit with unwanted charges and the spam slowed legitimate traffic, according to Verizon Wireless."

February 2008: "In a direct slap in the face to consumers, tech industry giants including Microsoft, AT&T, and Verizon are frantically engaged in an effort to kill pro-consumer provisions in a data breach notification bill currently being considered by the Indiana State Senate."

January 2008: 'Verizon (VZ), which has been rolling out its own high-speed Internet service across the country, has no plans to adopt a similarly tiered payment plan, says Verizon spokesman Eric Rabe. "I think this is Time Warner's response to the cable companies' problem in a shortage of bandwidth," says Rabe. "We don't think that we are in a position that we need to do that."'

November 2007: “It’s counterintuitive that when the demand is clear and strong from wireless consumers for improved cell coverage, that these kinds of devices are finding a market,” said Jeffrey Nelson, a Verizon spokesman. The carriers also raise a public safety issue: jammers could be used by criminals to stop people from communicating in an emergency.

October 2007: Top Verizon executives, including CEO Ivan Seidenberg and President Dennis Strigl, wrote personal checks to Rockefeller totaling $23,500 in March, 2007. Prior to that apparently coordinated flurry of 29 donations, only one of those executives had ever donated to Rockefeller (at least while working for Verizon).

October 2007: The Bush administration badly wants Congress to approve legal immunity for any past actions private utilities undertook to aid NSA spying. Currently, AT&T and Verizon, among other firms, face a number of lawsuits brought by privacy advocates who claim that, by allowing the government access to their data streams, the companies have participated in illegal eavesdropping.

May 2007: It's a breathtaking number. (By comparison, for instance, Verizon's (Charts, Fortune 500) patent suit against Vonage (Charts), which now threatens to bankrupt the latter, was based on just seven patents, of which only three were found to be infringing.) 'This is not a case of some accidental, unknowing infringement,' Gutierrez asserts. 'There is an overwhelming number of patents being infringed.'

May 2007: Verizon last month introduced the $2 fee. It is charged to customers who could dial out for long distance, but don't subscribe to a long-distance service and don't make long-distance calls.

October 2006: 'About a year ago Verizon, began selling 'unlimited' high-speed wireless internet access for $60/month,' a reader writes. 'A lot of people signed up, including me. Apparently it has now gotten popular enough that the system became saturated, so last month they made a 'management business decision,' as one Verizon employee called it, to throw the top X percent of users overboard. They did that by creating, after the fact, an arbitrary, undocumented limit on the bandwidth you can use.'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Status/Name Change to Bell Atlantic Organization Sep 28, 2004
Member of (past or present) Center for Copyright Information (CCI) Organization Mar 3, 2013
Financial Supporter of (past or present) Consumers for Cable Choice Organization Jun 1, 2006
Status/Name Change to GTE (General Telephone and Electric) Organization Sep 28, 2004
Cooperation (past or present) Medio Systems Organization Apr 18, 2007
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Verizon Wireless Organization Jul 6, 2008
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) William "Bill" P. Barr Esq. Person Sep 28, 2004
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Ivan Seidenberg Person Sep 28, 2004
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Edward M. Whelan III, Esq. Person Jan 29, 2011

Articles and Resources

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Jul 30, 2013 Now That It’s in the Broadband Game, Google Flip-Flops on Network Neutrality

QUOTE: In a dramatic about-face on a key internet issue yesterday, Google told the FCC that the network neutrality rules Google once championed don’t give citizens the right to run servers on their home broadband connections, and that the Google Fiber network is perfectly within its rights to prohibit customers from attaching the legal devices of their choice to its network....So in Google’s version of net neutrality, the FCC was the right to force Apple to let iPhone users connect to their home servers, but the FCC has no right to force Google to let its broadband subscribers run a home server.

Jul 07, 2011 To Slow Piracy, Internet Providers Ready Penalties

QUOTE: After years of negotiations with Hollywood and the music industry, the nation’s top Internet providers have agreed to a systematic approach to identifying customers suspected of digital copyright infringement and then alerting them via e-mail or other means....concerns that consumers might be punished “based on allegations that have not been tested in court.”

New York Times
Feb 10, 2011 The Ethics of Free Cellphone Calls

QUOTE: The trick relies on a handy feature of Google Voice: you can place outgoing calls through Google instead of your phone company... There’s nothing technically illegal about it; it’s clearly an unintended loophole. But you aren’t paying for the calls.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2010 Undercover persuasion by tech industry lobbyists

QUOTE: The influence peddlers of K Street have discovered the power of social networking on such Web sites as Twitter and Facebook. Using their own names without mentioning that they work in public relations or as lobbyists, employees of companies with interests in Washington are chattering online to shape opinions in hard-to-detect ways.

Washington Post
Mar 01, 2010 Misdials help 'crammers' ring up millions in phone bill scam

QUOTE: sneak small, unauthorized fees onto thousands of monthly bills and hope the charges would go unnoticed, court documents state. The scheme, known as "cramming,"...

Washington Post
Nov 21, 2009 Best Soup Ever? Suits Over Ads Now Seek Proof

QUOTE: Companies that were once content to fight in grocery-store aisles and on television commercials are now choosing a different route — filing lawsuits and other formal grievances challenging their competitors’ claims.

New York Times
Oct 19, 2009 Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets (Danger Room)

QUOTE: In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available...

Oct 09, 2009 FCC to investigate "gating" role of middle-mile access lines

QUOTE: As DSL or cable customers, consumers usually pay directly for that last-mile access. But large businesses and other ISPs shell out humongous sums for middle and secondary transport services to connect their networks or cell towers with the Internet backbone.

Ars Technica
Aug 28, 2009 Court tosses "arbitrary" FCC cable market share cap

QUOTE: The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has just thrown out the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rule limiting each cable provider to no more than 30 percent of the overall video marketplace.

Ars Technica
Aug 28, 2009 Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

QUOTE: Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

Aug 19, 2009 A Lawsuit Tries to Get at Hackers Through the Banks They Attack

QUOTE: A lawsuit filed on Wednesday against some of the most shadowy Internet criminals... is being used to pry information from a group that is nearly as reclusive as the hackers: banks whose computers have been compromised.

New York Times
Aug 14, 2009 Major Carriers Shun Broadband Stimulus: Funds Would Come With Tighter Rules

QUOTE: The Obama administration made a national priority of spreading high-speed Internet access to every American home and offered stimulus money to help companies pay for it, but the biggest network operators are staying away from the program.

Washington Post
Jul 30, 2009 Take Back the Beep Campaign (From the Desk of David Pogue)

QUOTE: Last week, in The Times and on my blog, I've been ranting about one particularly blatant money-grab by U.S. cellphone carriers: the mandatory 15-second voicemail instructions.

New York Times
Jul 22, 2009 State of the Art :The Irksome Cellphone Industry

QUOTE: Look, it’s great that our elected officials are looking out for us. The last time Congress got involved, we wound up with phone-number portability, meaning that you can keep your number when you switch phone companies....Above all, though, you’ve got to wonder why, if Congress has time for things like cellphone gripes, it’s barking up this particular tree. Frankly, there are many other, much more whopping things that are broken, unfair and anticompetitive in the American cellphone industry.

New York Times
Jul 09, 2009 Typing In an E-Mail Address, and Giving Up Your Friends’ as Well (Shortcuts)

QUOTE: this [Internet tactic] is generally called contact scraping. Once you enter your credentials, like your user name or password, the company sweeps through your contact list and sends everyone an invitation to join the site.

New York Times
Jul 07, 2009 Key Senator Backs Telecom Probe: Concerns Grow in Congress Over Cellphone Carriers' Practices

QUOTE: He called for the Justice Department to closely scrutinize future mergers and to investigate whether dominant cellphone carriers are stifling competition in violation of antitrust laws. Over the past three years, the number of national wireless carriers has dropped to four from seven, and the top four carriers serve nine out of 10 cellphone users.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2009 Epicenter The Business of Tech Justice Department Looking for Unfair Telecom Behavior

QUOTE: The Justice Department is looking into whether nation’s largest telecoms are abusing their market power over the nation’s wireline, internet and wireless networks...

Jun 25, 2009 Registrars under fire in domain disputes: Are domain registrars making money from cybersquatters at the expense of legitimate brands? If so, why isn't ICANN stopping it?

QUOTE: [Sarah] Deutsche says that all of the companies Verizon has sued for cybersquatting are domain-name registrars that have been accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Jun 18, 2009 Exclusive Wireless Contracts Examined: Critics Say Deals Stifle Competition

QUOTE: growing debate on whether the practice of locking in cellphones to exclusive contracts with only one carrier has led to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers and stifled competition...

Washington Post
Jun 17, 2009 Text-message fees recommended for antitrust scrutiny

QUOTE: Prices [for text messaging] at Verizon, AT & T, Sprint and T-Mobile have risen sharply and around the same time, Sen. Herb Kohl says. Companies deny any collusion.

Los Angeles Times

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