Going Dutch

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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Going Dutch

Sushi Friday night and French to celebrate our anniversary on Saturday left few options for an original recipe this weekend. Therefore, one of two dishes made on Sunday would have to succeed. The leading option was a meaty pasta entrée I make every winter. It is Italian gravy with chucky beef and large diced vegetables served over rigatoni pasta. Sunday, I gussied it up a bit with seared New York Strip steak thinly sliced over the top of the pasta and sauce. It was very good but it lost out to a very interesting breakfast for two dish called the Dutch Bunny. In researching this breakfast recipe, I discovered a variety of versions using fruit and meats as a filler. I made it plain to enjoy the basic element, a baked puffy pancake. I also decided to go savory rather than sweet with the addition of fresh thyme and lemon zest. Served with my apple smoked bacon and maple syrup, the Dutch Bunny was a great start to the day. So switch things up and make this for a great weekend day start, Dutch Bunny with Thyme and Lemon. Enjoy!

Verizon Going Dutch

Although Verizon got most of what it wanted from the FCC and they have agreed in principle to not block legal Internet content, they have still decided to sue the FCC. Support for the suit comes from other carriers, the Republicans on the FCC and other opponents of over reach by the FCC. Verizon has filed the lawsuit in the same Washington appeals court that ruled against the FCC previously for attempting to use Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act to manage/force compliance with its desires regarding net neutrality. After that loss, the FCC had the option of requesting additional authority from Congress (definitely not a possibility today), doing nothing or reclassifying broadband services as telecommunications and increasing its authority to regulate ISPs and ITSPs. I supported this third way and for most of year the management team of Broadvox thought it might make headway. That is until Verizon, Google and AT&T proved that their lobbying efforts were enough to sway the FCC into taking a less contentious or formal path. Yet, what looked like a couple, the FCC and Verizon, has definitely turned into a bad date. Verizon is not challenging whether the rules set by the FCC are fair, correct or needed. Instead, they are challenging the FCC’s authority to act and they will be represented by the same lawyer Comcast successfully employed in the same court. Still, the lawsuit has merit and Verizon will probably win, in which case the FCC may go back to its previously desired option, the third way.

Ultimately this could be an example of “Be careful what you ask for…” Verizon may force the FCC’s hand into acquiring greater regulatory authority which could lead us into truly unknown territory.



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