Google, Verizon Deny Deal to Squash Network Neutrality

Aug 5th, 2010 | By technologynews | Category: Technology
Google, Verizon Deny Deal to Squash Network Neutrality
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Google and Verizon Wireless August 5 said they are not
striking a deal to accelerate online content to Internet users more quickly for
fees.

The New York
Times stated that Google is working with Verizon to speed some online
content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to
pay for such service. Google and Verizon said that report was not accurate.

Such an agreement would skewer the idea of network neutrality, a set of Federal Communications Commission principles that
calls for no impingement of Internet content, Websites, platforms or devices by
Internet service providers.

As an example, the Times said Google’s YouTube Website could
pay Verizon to make sure its content reached consumers in a timely fashion. The
Times, which said a deal could come next week, suggested these fees would lead to higher fees for Web users.

Google August 5 claimed the Times story reporting
the negotiations was wrong, adding on its Twitter public policy account that:

“We’ve not had any convos with VZN about paying for
carriage of our traffic. We remain committed to an open Internet.”

Verizon spokesman David Fish called the Times’ story
“mistaken” in a public statement on his
corporate blog:

“It fundamentally misunderstands our purpose. As we
said in our earlier FCC filing, our goal is an Internet policy framework that
ensures openness and accountability, and incorporates specific FCC authority,
while maintaining investment and innovation. To suggest this is a business
arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect.”

Fish did not expressly deny the Times’ point about
payment for placement in network traffic.

Consumer advocates fear such deals would put too much power in the hands of Google and Verizon, threatening prospects for an open Web.

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