Verizon released a statement in morse code to express its objection to the FCC’s decision to endorse “net neutrality.” The morse code message seeks to position the new laws–which will impose stricter regulations on broadband providers–as an example of backwards-thinking. Verizon tapped the antiquated technology to exemplify just how fast technology changes. The effect is to emphasize at the same time how government regulations like the FCC’s net neutrality decision can strangle innovation.
The post, which appears on Verizon’s Public Policy blog, is titled FCC’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ Move Imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet. The clever message links to a “21st century” translation, which doubles down on the archaic technology theme: the translation appears to have been written on a really crappy typewriter.