This is rich. Verizon has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Montgomery County, Md., for delaying its expansion plans, Reuters reports.
Verizon complains that the county is illegally asserting a right to reguate Verizon's phone, Internet and future video businesses; demanding that Verizon set aside 65 channels for public access programming; that Verizon cover the county's legal and consulting fees to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars; and demanding extra money for the license.
"We're frustrated at the lack of progress in these negotiations, because the inordinate delay benefits only the monopoly cable incumbent," said Frantz. "Meanwhile, Montgomery County residents continue to suffer, held hostage to Comcast's ever-rising cable rates."
Verizon certainly will hold this up as proof of the need for the Telecom Bill that just passed the Senate Commerce Committee, without net neutrality provisions. The bill allows companies to negotiate franchises with states rather than multiple municipalities. But the bill may not see the light of day this year, as net neutrality advocates placed a hold on the bill, which can only be overturned by 60 votes, reports RedHerring.com.