Verizon Replies in Morse Code to ‘Antiquated’ Internet Rules

Verizon Communications Inc. took an uncharacteristically glib stance on new Internet rules that it says date back to the time of steam engines and telegraphs.

Verizon posted a rebuttal written in Morse Code on its policy blog and issued a statement titled: “FCC’s Throwback Thursday” written in 1950s era typewriter lettering.

“Readers in the 21st century can read the translated statement here,” Verizon says at the end of the coded statement, linking to the English version: “Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors.”

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines in favor of new Internet service rules that prohibit blocking, slowing or prioritizing traffic. The rules, which have not yet been released, are opposed by cable and telephone companies that fear it will curb Internet growth and stifle payback on network investment.

The proposals are a sea change for an industry that until now has had little oversight of the way it manages wireless Web content.

Verizon and AT&T Inc., the biggest and second-biggest wireless carriers, have said they need to hold sway over their networks, to keep Internet traffic moving smoothly.

The industry has vowed to sue to block regulation of wireless Internet services and said uncertainty over the rules’ fate will keep investment in check.