Verizon and Google Make Internet Transparency Proposal
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.
FCC Girds for Privacy Battle with Internet Firms
The FCC is prepared to propose new rules governing the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless. The proposal is meant to help protect the data generated by millions of people who use internet services every day.
FCC Pushes Privacy Rules Forward
The FCC on Thursday followed through on plans to tackle consumer privacy. The agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to govern the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Permits Blocking and Throttling
The FCC today released the text of its plan to reverse Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The FCC contends that the rules stifled innovation and investment in wired and wireless broadband.
Internet Companies Want Public Zero-Rating FCC Inquiry
A group of companies have asked the FCC to make discussions about net neutrality violations more open to public discourse. Specifically, 59 internet companies sent a letter to the FCC and asked the agency how it is handling zero-rating services, such as T-Mobile's BingeOn and Verizon Wireless' FreeBee.
Btw, are you a regular cellphone enthusiast/consumer, like me? Or do you work in the wireless industry?
Thanks for the "Pledge"
The only real openness Google is pushing for is the openness towards carriers, not to consumers. And a carrier-controlled ecosystem should be exactly what they're arguing against.
This has been my beef with Google's mobile approach from day one (minus the brief period when they actually got Nexus One pricing right up until they cancelled it.) I don't know if they lack a spine (guessing by their YouTube efforts I'd say that's part of it), or if they're as dumb as the peopl...
You know, there is a simple solution to this.
Charge heavy bandwidth users more money and the system will regulate itself, especially in a 4G environment where urban consumers can choose DSL, cable or cellular wireless as a primary home internet solution.
Why all the freaking "deals" and "proposals" folks?
HUH?? ummm OK
Also saying they don't want to prioritize Googl...