What Google Still Isn't Saying. Over the last few years, Google has been a company that understood Net Neutrality, and they staunchly supported the fight to protect the open Internet.
After all, their own company was hatched and then exploded into a phenomenal success thanks to the open platform of the Internet. With their success has come power, and along the way the start-up-turned-corporation has pledged a "don't be evil" ethic. But now the company has trampled that pledge and turned its back on Net Neutrality. The New York Times and dozens of other news outlets have reported that Google has been negotiating with Verizon to unilaterally craft ways to tweak the underlying principle of the Internet for their own gain.
Read: Erode Net Neutrality without explicitly saying it. According to press reports, Google has agreed to allow ISPs to construct a new pay-for-play private Internet. Just four years ago, Google was urging Internet-users to call their lawmakers to support the bourgeoning fight for Net Neutrality. Why Google is now threatenning Net Neutrality? Update: Google and Verizon deny talks that would upend net neutrality.
You can read all of the details here. It sounds unlikely, but sources close to Google and Verizon have said that the two companies are working together on a deal that would help Verizon charge some Internet content providers more than others in exchange for priority data transfer speeds. Such an agreement would fly in the face of net neutrality, a philosophy of web content previously promoted by Google. The news comes from The New York Times, which cites "people close to the negotiations who were not authorized to speak publicly. " The two tech giants will reportedly make the deal "as soon as next week. " Consumer advocacy groups and many content creators have argued in favor of net neutrality, which would ensure that the consumer's ability to access certain pieces of web content would not be tiered based on expense like premium channels on cable television, or first-class and coach seating on airlines.
Verizon-Google's Proposal. Google's blog post annnouncing the proposal. Posted by Alan Davidson, Google director of public policy and Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy, and communications The original architects of the Internet got the big things right.
By making the network open, they enabled the greatest exchange of ideas in history. By making the Internet scalable, they enabled explosive innovation in the infrastructure. It is imperative that we find ways to protect the future openness of the Internet and encourage the rapid deployment of broadband. Verizon and Google are pleased to discuss the principled compromise our companies have developed over the last year concerning the thorny issue of “network neutrality.”
In October, our two companies issued a shared statement of principles on network neutrality. 1. 2. Today our CEOs will announce a proposal that we hope will make a constructive contribution to the dialogue. Third, it’s important that the consumer be fully informed about their Internet experiences. Google and Verizon co-ed in Wash Post. We have spent much of the past year trying to resolve our differences over the thorny issue of "network neutrality.
" This hasn't been an easy process, and Google and Verizon are neither regulators nor legislators. But as leaders in our respective fields, we have searched for workable public policies that serve consumer interests and create a climate for investment and innovation. What has kept us at the table and moving toward compromise was our mutual interest in a robust Internet and our recognition that progress would occur only when players from across the Internet space work together.
The proposal we outlined Monday as a suggested policy framework for lawmakers translates these principles into a fully enforceable broadband Internet policy. In developing this framework, we were guided by two principles: our commitment to an open Internet, and the need for continued investment in broadband infrastructure, which is critical to U.S. global competitiveness.
FCC Commissioner's reaction. Not thrilled with this morning’s Verizon-Google seven-tier joint policy proposal, FCC Commissioner Michael J.
Copps put out the following one paragraph statement earlier today, basically asserting that the FCC is more interested in protecting consumer rights than Google and Verizon’s wishes. “Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion forward. That’s one of its many problems. It is time to move a decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations.” Google's blog post to defuse the debate. Posted by Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel Over the past few days there’s been a lot of discussion surrounding our announcement of a policy proposal on network neutrality we put together with Verizon.
On balance, we believe this proposal represents real progress on what has become a very contentious issue, and we think it could help move the network neutrality debate forward constructively. We don’t expect everyone to agree with every aspect of our proposal, but there has been a number of inaccuracies about it, and we do want to separate fact from fiction. MYTH: Google has “sold out” on network neutrality. FACT: Google has been the leading corporate voice on the issue of network neutrality over the past five years. But given political realities, this particular issue has been intractable in Washington for several years now. With that in mind, we decided to partner with a major broadband provider on the best policy solution we could devise together. Why?
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