Verizon Won't Take NYC Broadband Pricing Rules Lying Down

Law360, New York (February 20, 2014, 6:54 PM EST) -- Any move by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to force Verizon Communications Inc. to lower broadband rates for the poor using a franchise agreement as leverage would take the city into murky legal territory, with a court challenge based in takings theory or federal preemption a near certainty, experts say.

The mayor on Tuesday delivered a broadside against the New York-based, $138 billion corporate behemoth. Alongside his new counsel Maya Wiley, de Blasio ripped Verizon for failing to have its FiOS service rollout complete...
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