Verizon Releases Typewriter Memo Dated 1934 to Dispute Net Neutrality Vote

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Screenshot of Verizon press release

Minutes after the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) historical vote in favor of net neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all Web traffic equally—Verizon issued a 1934-style press release slamming the decision. 

"Today (Feb. 26) the Federal Communications Commission approved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph," the release began. 

In a 3-2 vote Thursday morning, the FCC voted to reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. While net neutrality advocates are elated—such rules will apply to all Internet service, including that on tablets and smartphones—ISPs opposed the regulations.

"The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet has operated since its creation," Verizon's release continued. "Changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency by the legislature, which is constitutionally charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history will judge today's actions as misguided."

Moments after the first news release, Verizon issued another, this time in Morse code. When the "translate" button is clicked, it reveals the original press release's wording.

morse Screenshot Verizon press release

As it has with past FCC attempts to implement net neutrality rules, Verizon is expected to legally challenge the newest iteration.