Posts Tagged ‘net neutrality’

Net neutrality – what does it mean?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

This answers a lot of questions … and raises a lot of worries!

If you think net neutrality sounds boring, think again. While the debate has been bubbling along for years, it is a concept that could mean the end of open, free and equal internet of today that we take for granted.

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Verizon and Google Announce Their Net Neutrality Solution – A gutted FCC overseeing weak rules that don’t apply to wireless

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

It’s way past time for the FCC to take charge of this mess … isn’t that what we pay them to do?


Last week was a messy (though entertaining) one on the network neutrality front, with the FCC canceling their largely closed-door meetings with carriers after criticism and reports that Google and Verizon were conducting private neutrality negotiations. While there was a lot of random interpretation of what the Verizon/Google talks mean, we noted on Friday that the goal of the talks were to to pre-empt tougher consumer protections with voluntary measures that likely wouldn’t do much of anything (Verizon’s usual tactic in DC).

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Google and Verizon offer give and take over net neutrality

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I’m having a hard time understanding why two private corporations are being allowed to put together the rules for net neutrality … shouldn’t that be the government’s job?

Google and Verizon offer to uphold net neutrality while giving more power to wireless and private network operators

After last week’s excitement – when the New York Times boldly but inaccurately claimed that Google and Verizon were cutting a sweetheart deal over internet traffic – the truth has turned out to be less dramatic but potentially more worrying for US consumers and net users.

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Google denies deal with Verizon

Friday, August 6th, 2010

So I guess those stories from a couple of days ago were wrong then?

Search giant says there is no agreement allowing telecoms company Verizon to prioritise the order and speed in which it delivers content to users

Google has dismissed reports that the company is in talks with US telecoms operator Verizon that could bring an end to net neutrality.

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Did Net Neutrality Just Get Knifed in The Back?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

This sure doesn’t sound like it will be good for the average internet user …

A long time ago, I offered to make a bet with a friend that when commercial interests would collide with the broader interests such as network neutrality, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google would do what any large company does: do what is right for its commercial interests. I should have made that bet. I would have won.

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