US Democrats Support Net Neutrality Added: Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
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Recently the debate on network neutrality has become very heated in the United States. An agreement between Verizon and Google caused lots of criticism from supporters of network neutrality. Now their number increases with 4 Democrats from the country’s government joining the team and disagreeing with the Verizon-Google agreement.
Although the Net Neutrality debate seemed to get quieted down for a while, it seems to return to the US headlines, with Verizon and Google’s announcement of an agreement which some critics call a compromise between them. Despite of the fact that the part of the pact seems to side with supporters of network neutrality, saying that an ISP can’t discriminate any legal online content, software or service in a way that harms competition or users, it also offers the opportunity for additional online services to get traffic prioritization. This provision especially caught the attention of network neutrality supporters.
The Public Knowledge points out that Verizon and Google are trying to divide the web yet further – not only between wireless and wired, but also between the public and additional Internet services. This literally means that they are going to allow a third party paid prioritization, letting a particular Internet service to pay Verizon for making its content reach users sooner than the others. Verizon even clarified that such parties can include entertainment content, bringing examples of 3D video or an opera house paying for prioritizing its operas.
However, the other observers suggest that Public Knowledge simply doesn’t realize that the companies are already offering differentiated services with improved service quality to business consumers. The examples are AT&T’s U-verse TV and Verizon’s Fios TV services, causing no complaints about them offering competition. The explanation is simple – Verizon and AT&T don’t want to cannibalize their broadband business with high quality broadband services, because there’s no market for it.
Still, a new development saw an unexpected support from high places – the country’s government. Four of the Democrats wrote a letter voicing their concern with the Google-Verizon agreement, asking for FCC action instead of the expansion upon a suggestion of two companies having a financial interest in the outcome, and especially highlighting that paid prioritization would kill an open Internet.
August 22nd, 2010Posted by:
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
|I like the internet exactly the way it is now. Whenever the government starts sticking their nose into anything, it goes south very quickly. The deets on this "net neutrality" plan are really sketchy right now, but you can bet your a$$ anything they're planning to do is just going to make things worse for regular people like us.||
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