Craig Silliman, EVP of Public Policy and General Counsel of Verizon (NYSE: VZ), said in an interview with FierceTelecom that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's "proactive and aggressive approach is...
Remarking on a range of topics including everything from the recent strike to the divesture of wireline assets to Frontier Communications, Craig Silliman, executive VP of public policy & general counsel for Verizon, had some pointed remarks regarding NPRMs recently initiated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
It's no surprise that Verizon has pushed back against the FCC's proposed new privacy rules for broadband providers considering carriers are increasingly looking to leverage data to deliver highly targeted ads to on-the-go consumers. Craig Silliman, the company's EVP of public policy and general counsel, urged federal legislators in March to intervene, opining that the Commission was " applying outdated rules " in the internet age.
The D.C. Circuit court upheld the FCC's net neutrality rules 2-1, a decision that will usher in challenges from incumbent telcos like AT&T and Verizon at the Supreme Court.
Whether it is special access, net neutrality, the recent labor strike, or shedding wireline assets to Frontier, Craig Silliman, EVP of Public Policy and General Counsel of Verizon, has a full plate. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Silliman during the TIA 2016 trade show in Dallas to talk about the pressing policy issues Verizon is dealing with today.
Frontier has named Jacqueline R. Kinney as vice president of state government affairs for California, signaling a tightening of its hold in the state following a troubling integration of Verizon's wireline assets.
Verizon and AT&T are preparing for a third round of bidding for Yahoo's online assets, Reuters reported.
Verizon signaled its intention to expand into media in a big way last year with its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, which included properties such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch. And it continues to expand on its media business with the aggressive buildout of Go90, an OTT video offering and mobile advertising channel.
More than 8 billion devices were connected to the web by the end of 2015, according to fresh data from IHS, averaging four devices per household around the world. And Netflix has a presence on many of them.
Verizon is petitioning the FCC to get permission to shut down a series of legacy voice services offered via its MCI subsidiary due to lack of use and little customer demand.