Google and Verizon's vision for open internet
Posted in: Government & Policy at 10/08/2010 15:34
Google and Verizon have joined forces to present their vision of an open internet after closed-door meetings held by regulators stalled.
Both champion strict enforcement of a transparent and open wireline broadband service but suggest loopholes for wireless.
This means providers could give priority to certain online traffic.
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Web Plan From Google and Verizon Is Criticized
Google and Verizon on Monday introduced a proposal for how Internet service should be regulated -- and were immediately criticized by groups that favor keeping the network as open as possible.
According to the proposal, Internet service providers would not be able to block producers of online content or offer them a paid "fast lane." It says the Federal Communications Commission should have the authority to stop or fine any rule-breakers.
Google's deal on equal Internet access opens door to new clout
Google has long presented itself as looking out for the little guy. It easily could have used its wealth and power to gain preferential treatment from Internet providers but always said it would not because that could prevent the next start-up in a Silicon Valley garage from enjoying similar success.
But as Google has gotten bigger and entered new lines of business, it has revised some of its principles -- and it is drawing criticism from start-ups and public interest groups along the way.
Google and Verizon offer give and take over net neutrality
After last week's excitement - when the New York Times boldly but inaccurately claimed that Google and Verizon were cutting a sweetheart deal over internet traffic - the truth has turned out to be less dramatic but potentially more worrying for US consumers and net users.
Instead, Google and Verizon have announced a joint policy proposal, intended as a framework for the future regulation of US internet provision.
Google and Verizon unveil web plan
Google and Verizon walked into a barrage of opposition from public interest groups in Washington on Monday as they formally announced a joint proposal for how traffic on the internet should be regulated.
The biggest US internet and telecommunications groups said their plan, the first reports of which emerged last week, would ensure all services on the internet were treated equally - "net neutrality" - and the web would remain a fully open medium.
Net neutrality crusaders slam Verizon, Google
Net neutrality supporters say they're unhappy that the Verizon Communications and Google proposal for new Net neutrality rules does not go far enough.
On Monday the companies announced a joint proposal that outlines a legislative framework for consideration by lawmakers. The companies have been working together on the Net neutrality issue for almost a year. In October, they issued a shared statement of principles on Net neutrality. And then, a few months later, they submitted a joint filing to the FCC. In late March, the CEOs discussed their interest in an open Internet through an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.
Google, Verizon make net neutrality proposal [IDG]
Google and Verizon Communications have released a proposal that would give the U.S. Federal Communications Commission limited power to enforce network neutrality rules, including levying fines up to US$2 million for violations by broadband providers.
Officials from the two companies, in an announcement Monday, said they hope to move the often-contentious net neutrality debate ahead with the recommendations. Under the proposal, broadband providers could not block or degrade Web traffic, although they could provide "differentiated online" services apart from the public Internet.
Verizon and Google propose Web traffic rules
Verizon Communications Inc and Google Inc on Monday proposed principles for policing Web traffic, but stopped short of saying they should apply to wireless devices.
The proposal came after the Federal Communications Commission failed to broker an agreement among Internet service providers and Web companies on "net neutrality."