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.
White House Asks FCC to Classify Internet as a Utility
President Barack Obama today sided with the concept of net neutrality and laid out a plan to keep the internet open. "We cannot allow internet service providers to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.
FCC to Vote On Net Neutrality in February
The FCC plans to vote on rules regarding net neutrality in February. The FCC expects to circulate a final proposal of the rules in the early part of the month and vote on them during its scheduled February 26 open meeting.
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 Chief Says Title II Is the Way Forward for Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes both mobile and wired networks need to be regulated as utilities. In an opinion piece published by Wired, Wheeler outlined the broad strokes of his plan, which he believes will protect consumers and still promote investment in broadband.
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...