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Verizon ramps up net neutrality lobbying with Congress

Verizon  chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam ramped up his company’s push against the FCC’s net neutrality order by taking his case to Congress.

In a letter sent Friday, McAdam called on leaders of the House and Senate commerce committees to undo the FCC’s net neutrality order and pass an open Internet bill. The FCC’s order is “both unnecessary and unusually consequential.”

McAdam warned “…what began several years ago as a single page of principles supported and followed by every major ISP morphed into a 313 page order with almost 1800 footnotes that will certainly spawn years of uncertainty and litigation.”

“Congress will have to address this issue one way or another, sooner or later,” he wrote in the letter to Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).

McAdam also took a shot at Dish for the way the satellite TV company picked up spectrum in the recently-completed AWS auction. Dish made a majority investment in two small companies that claimed auction discounts for “designated entities.”

Read the letter here.