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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   @phonescooper
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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Aug 9, 2010, 2:07 PM


How can you have more openness with more rules. Who are they that they have placed it upon themselves to have the right to govern the internet? That would be like I decide I'm going to be the prince of Chicago and now I will dictate how, when and where human traffic is allowed to flow thru my streets. Internet control should be illegal as the internet is a public space and not one entity's sole property.
I get what your saying. But essentially Google *IS* thed internet.

Btw, are you a regular cellphone enthusiast/consumer, like me? Or do you work in the wireless industry?
I agree it should be completely open and free, but the internet is now coming into a lot of new legislation, and a lot of people are starting to weigh in on how and what the internet can and should provide. ACTA will be interesting as well, some legis...
The internet is used by the public and is brought to us by companies. So saying the internet is public space is like saying the lobby of a hotel is public space. Hotel lobbies are pretty open in general and still have a few laws to prevent misuse. ...

Aug 9, 2010, 3:31 PM

Thanks for the "Pledge"

This entire pledge is so damn weak I don't even understand why the hell they bothered. And excluding the Wireless field is an interesting omission when you consider what Verizon's track record. (How are you Evo users enjoying your Skype service on 4G? ... oh right.)

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...
South Korea will probably tell us, no?

Aug 9, 2010, 6:23 PM

You know, there is a simple solution to this.

TIERED PRICING FOR LANDLINES just like the new Cricket data bundles.

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?

Aug 9, 2010, 12:56 PM

HUH?? ummm OK

Ok then..that makes alot of sense! Rolling Eyes
It means they want no bias towards data based on the type of data it is for wireline. They want consumers to be able to see/understand if they want to, how that data gets from the tubes, to their PC.

Also saying they don't want to prioritize Googl...
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