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Net Regulation Legislation Harmful to Consumers

Reintroduction of Dorgan-Snowe at Odds with Broadband Deployment and Innovation, Davidson Says

News Release

January 9, 2007 –

WASHINGTON - Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) today reintroduced 'network neutrality' legislation they sponsored last year.   The following statement should be attributed to Peter Davidson, Verizon senior vice president for federal government relations:

"Verizon supports and protects consumers' rights to full Internet access, and we provide them with an unmatched online experience.  Net Neutrality - better named Net Regulation - is trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. We expect a robust debate.  In the end, most policymakers will focus on how to increase broadband deployment, and wonder how Net Regulation advances that goal.  It's ironic that this bill is introduced at the same time the Consumer Electronics Show is filling the news with broadband-enabled innovations.  There is a 'disconnect' between consumers' desires for new products and services and the stifling effects of this bill. Turning to Net Regulation at this point would be a huge step backward."

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a New York-based Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 57 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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