Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Friday Review: No neutrals in neutrality debate

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 13 August 10

Google and Verizon's version of network neutrality receives mixed response; scaremongering over two-tier Internet begins.

So, it has finally happened. There are no flying pigs speeding past my window and as far as I know the infamous hot place has not yet frozen over, but Internet giant and over-the-top specialist Google has admitted that it does in fact need telecoms networks. "We recognize we're extremely dependent on each other," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said on Monday during the press conference it held with Verizon Communications at which the pair outlined their joint vision for network neutrality. The unlikely bedfellows suggested a legislative framework that would essentially prevent traffic prioritisation on fixed networks, but enable mobile network operators to do just that: control the content running over their networks. Network operators have largely come out in favour of the plan: AT&T's Ralph de la Vega described the tie-up between Google and Verizon as a "positive sign," for example. But other industry players – Internet companies, consumer groups and analysts in particular - have hit out at the suggestion…

So, it has finally happened. There are no flying pigs speeding past my window and as far as I know the infamous hot place has not yet frozen over, but Internet giant and over-the-top specialist Google has admitted that it does in fact need telecoms networks. "We recognize we're extremely dependent on each other," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said on Monday during the press conference it held with Verizon Communications at which the pair outlined their joint vision for network neutrality. The unlikely bedfellows suggested a legislative framework that would essentially prevent traffic prioritisation on fixed networks, but enable mobile network operators to do just that: control the content running over their networks. Network operators have largely come out in favour of the plan: AT&T's Ralph de la Vega described the tie-up between Google and Verizon as a "positive sign," for example. But other industry players – Internet companies, consumer groups and analysts in particular - have hit out at the suggestion…

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