Verizon to FCC: Don't Add Middle Mile Disclosure

Verizon sent a letter to the FCC Monday saying that the agency's current transparency rules covering how Internet service providers manage their networks strike the "right balance," and the FCC doesn't need to make them more "complex" by adding middle-mile interconnection congestion to the disclosures.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is planning to circulate a draft order on new network-neutrality rules Friday, and the draft is widely expected to include enhanced transparency rules for ISPs.

Verizon outlined in the letter its desire for the FCC to confine disclosure requirements to last-mile networks, not the exchange of traffic in the middle mile.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.