Why do Verizon's lobbyists need to convince Washington to kill Net Neutrality and give its company the power to charge additional fees for "fast lane" internet access? To help blind, deaf, and disabled people, of course!
And here you thought they only wanted to end Net Neutrality for their own personal financial gain.
According to MotherJones.com, the broadband and wireless titan with over $270 billion worth of assets and a penchant for litigation apparently also has a heart of gold, as multiple sources have come forward explaining how Verizon wants to create internet "fast lanes" so that people who use special online tools for communication or mobile medical devices can get the speedy connections they need.
Of course not everyone is as excited about Verizon's attempts to assist the special needs community as the company's lobbyists. Mark Perriello, the CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, has come forward along with several other groups representing disabled Americans to say publicly that he does not support Verizon's plan. And while he leaves room for Verizon's actually being genuine in their intentions, Perriello is also quoted as saying the timing is "convenient".
Furthermore, according to MotherJones:
"The FCC says that even if the agency doesn't go through with its fast lane proposal, companies that serve disabled people would still be able to pay internet service providers for faster service."
Not great news for Verizon's case for helping the less fortunate, although at this point the details of why the conglomerate wants to create "fast lanes" probably matter less than whether or not they're successful in the end.