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Verizon and Google Make Internet Transparency Proposal

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Aug 9, 2010, 12:39 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Aug 9, 2010, 12:58 PM

Executives from Google and Verizon Communications today announced in a joint press conference a new proposal regarding net neutrality. The two companies offered seven different points covering Internet traffic policies. The first few apply specifically to wireline broadband, and ask for there to be greater transparency, openness and rules put in place to prohibit traffic blocking based on type. The companies believe that there should be clear transparency on how wireline and wireless networks are run, what consumers can expect, and what services can be accessed via those networks. The sixth point specifically calls out how the companies feel wireless should be affected. The proposal says, "We both recognize that wireless broadband is different from the traditional wireline world, in part because the mobile marketplace is more competitive and changing rapidly. In recognition of the still-nascent nature of the wireless broadband marketplace, under this proposal we would not now apply most of the wireline principles to wireless, except for the transparency requirement. In addition, the Government Accountability Office would be required to report to Congress annually on developments in the wireless broadband marketplace, and whether or not current policies are working to protect consumers." Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg said, "The idea is for the proposal to follow a consumer-focused orientation to represent what consumers expect of a robust and vibrant Internet." He also said that the company will follow the ideas laid out in the new Internet policy proposal as part of its corporate strategy. Both companies reiterated that Verizon will not in any way prioritize traffic to/from Google's services, and Google said that it is not interested in doing anything that can't run on the open internet.

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Um... flip mode Aug 9, 2010, 2:07 PM
  • Re: Um... by Jayshmay   Aug 9, 2010, 2:12 PM
    • Re: Um... by flip mode   Aug 9, 2010, 3:08 PM
  • Re: Um... by Caucasian   Aug 9, 2010, 2:20 PM
  • Yes and no by GettingSleepy   Aug 10, 2010, 11:18 AM
Thanks for the "Pledge" bluecoyote Aug 9, 2010, 3:31 PM
You know, there is a simple solution to this. CellStudent Aug 9, 2010, 6:23 PM
HUH?? ummm OK Ken6271 Aug 9, 2010, 12:56 PM
 
 
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