This week Verizon and Google put together a proposal on Net Neutrality. Many in the “free as free beer as opposed to free speech” Net Neutrality crowd found the announcement to be a little less than they expected from Google.
Grant Gross’ analysis was excellent in terms of laying out the FCC role ( or more to the point, lack of a role… ) in the proposal. My favorite quote from the piece was/is:
"The agreement is even worse than previously thought, as it would remove rulemaking authority from the FCC and force them to give deference to a technical body," said Gigi Sohn, president of digital rights group Public Knowledge. "To have Google give in like this at the 11th hour is hugely disappointing."
Verizon’s position is not surprising to me. They want to provide the backbone that makes companies competitive ( they also want to charge for it… ). Google surprised me a bit just as they did other groups. However, I think this shows that Google is seeing where the US stands in terms of broadband access speeds.
I believe the issue that for “free as free beer” Net Neutrality groups like Public Knowledge is that Google is starting the view Internet access as something that can be a competitive advantage rather than just a given. Telecom carriers aren’t purposefully NOT implementing bandwidth… They are just looking for the business model that makes viable.
How do you view Google’s “change”/adjustment in Net Neutrality position?
Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (@BlueBuffaloGrp) me directly.
Posted August 10, 2010 8:34 AM
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