Archive for February, 2015

Verizon’s Morse Code Post, Translated

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Today the FCC ruled in favor of Net Neutrality. Opponents such as Verizon, thought this was an antiquated decision. So in what is probably the most childish response by a corporation I’ve seen to date, Verizon responded with a blog post stating their disappointment at the FCC’s decision. In Morse Code. They also provided a link to a PDF. With typewriter-style-smudged-ink text. Dated Feb. 26, 1934.

All right Verizon, challenge accepted.

I copy-pasted their blog post and ran it through a short python script I made. This is what comes out (formatting mine).

“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. Over the past two decades a bipartisan, light-touch policy approach unleashed unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband internet age consumers now enjoy. The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial internet has operated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history will judge today’s actions as misguided. The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-plus pages of broad and open-ended regulatory arcana that will have unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the internet ecosystem for years to come. What has been and will remain constant before, during and after the existence of any regulations is Verizon’s commitment to an open internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and internet access when, where, and how they want.”

“Verizon’s commitment to an open internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices” Really, Verizon? Really?