02 Oct

Ars Technica – Verizon sues to halt FCC’s net neutrality rules

On Friday afternoon, Verizon filed its expected challenge to the FCC’s network neutrality rules, suing in federal court to stop them. Verizon claims that the agency has no authority to issue rules affecting the Internet.

“Verizon is fully committed to an open Internet," said Verizon senior vice president Michael Glover in a statement. "We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks and services and on the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority is inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.”

Verizon’s lawsuit claims the rules, which largely exempt wireless networks, are "arbitrary" and "capricious"—the same charges recently brought by net neutrality supporters arguing that the FCC improperly let the wireless industry off the hook.

via Ars Technica – Verizon sues to halt FCC’s net neutrality rules. How about the uncertainty for businesses to know if next month they’ll have to pay fees to not have their sites arbitrarily slowed down? Net Neutrality is a framework of rules to prevent businesses and services from being treated differently from everything else served via the Internet.

07 Feb

Macworld – iPhone 4 breaks all Verizon sales records in two hours

How badly did Verizon Wireless customers want the iPhone 4—a phone that’s been on the market for seven months and is likely to get replaced in just a few more? Apparently, they wanted it more than any other phone in Verizon’s history.

Verizon Wireless on Friday announced that the iPhone 4 broke all previous first-day device sales records in company history, and it only took two hours to do it. “This was an exciting day,” said Dan Mead, president and CEO for Verizon Wireless, in a press release.

Keep in mind, Verizon Wireless and Apple opened preorders at 3 a.m. ET Thursday morning, and even then, only to existing Verizon Wireless customers. While the iPhone 4 broke Verizon Wireless’s sales records just two hours later, preorders lasted until Thursday afternoon, when both Verizon and Apple had to stop accepting them.

via Macworld – iPhone 4 breaks all Verizon sales records in two hours. That’s more than a little impressive.

11 Jan

ArsTechnica – Pics of the new antenna, WiFi sharing prefs on Verizon iPhone

The Verizon iPhone has finally arrived, offering users a CDMA alternative to the AT&T version introduced in the summer of 2010. But aside from the fact that they use different cell networks here in the US, the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 has a few cosmetic differences. The most significant is the fact that the controversy-filled antenna no longer has a visible gap on the top, not to mention a total lack of a SIM slot.

via ArsTechnica – Pics of the new antenna, WiFi sharing prefs on Verizon iPhone. In not so shocking news, Verizon now has the iPhone. In somewhat shocking news, the CDMA iPhone is slight different (mainly the mute button is moved slightly) but otherwise exactly the same.