Google and Verizon Proposal: What Is Being Talked About Underneath the Frenzy

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on August 17, 2010

Google and Verizon spurred the net neutrality debate into a frenzy last week when they issued a joint policy proposal to “preserve the open Internet and the vibrant and innovative markets it supports, to protect consumers, and to promote continued investment in broadband access.”

Here is a glance at what the top media are examining this week on the topic:

  • Internet Proposal From Google and Verizon Raises Fears for Privacy (The New York Times, 8/15/10) examines the proposal from the perspective of a small, independent Internet service provider. Mr. Saxon and Mr. Theriot-Orr of said their bigger fear was the additional level of monitoring — they call it surveillance — that an Internet with built-in nonneutrality would require: monitoring so that packets of information can be routed at the agreed-upon speed and that premiums can be charged.

  • Time Warner Cable CEO Wary of Net Rules Limiting Options (The Wall Street Journal, 8/16/10) discusses net neutrality and government regulation with Time Warner Cable Inc. Chief Executive Glenn Britt. In the interview, Britt says that, although he is in favor of the concept that all traffic on the Web should flow at the same speed, he doesn't want there to be regulation to enforce that principle. "The more extensively you write things down, with the world changing so quickly, the more you risk having unintended consequences," Britt said.
  • The Google-Verizon Deal – It Is Attracting All the Right Critics (also The Wall Street Journal, 8/16/10) explores what they see as “the most striking part of the deal is its distinction between wired and wireless Internet transmission.”

  • U.S. Should Set Web Rules, Ignore Google-Verizon, Lawmakers Say (Bloomberg Businessweek, 8/1/10) provides an overview of a letter from four Democratic lawmakers to the Federal Communications Commission. “Formal FCC action is needed” to “discourage attempts to strangle the free-flow of lawful content,” the lawmakers said.

  • Verizon and Google Talk Net Neutrality (The Washington Post, 8/16/10) takes issue with excluding wireless broadband in the proposal. “Google can defend this proposal all it wants, but it's hard to escape the thought that Verizon got the Mountain View, Calif., Web firm to negotiate against itself.”