Google and Verizon's Network Neutrality Negotiation

By  |  Monday, August 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm

The rumored deal between Google and Verizon over Network Neutrality issues isn’t a deal–it’s a joint proposal to the FCC. It recommends rules that would prohibit the favoring of certain traffic over other traffic on the wired Internet. But Dan Gillmor, who knows way more about this stuff than I do, isn’t thrilled with the companies’ suggestions. And the proposal is pro-Network Neutrality only for wired traffic, not wireless data. Isn’t that a little bit as if it had advised for consumer-friendly regulations for dial-up–but not for broadband–in, say, 2000?


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. swildstrom Says:

    The problem with wireless is that until we get a lot more spectrum, or learn to use the spectrum we have a lot more efficiently, wireless data networks are going to need a lot more management.
    Also, there;s a bit of a technical problem with Verizon Communications speaking for Verizon Wireless, an unconsolidated joint venture (with Vodafone) of which VZ is 55% owner.

  2. Ed Oswald Says:

    The more you read this "deal," the more you get the impression it's just lip service. There are a ton of loopholes in this thing IMHO.

  3. Bouke Timbermont Says:

    If there's a problem with bandwith providers should stop offering unlimited plans and fully apply the bucket-system, end of story. It's not Youtube that's asking the customers to stream the video… it's Verizon's customers that want youtube. So YouTube or any other website doesn't owe Verizon anything.