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Google and Verizon publish net neutrality proposal

Posted on Tuesday, August 10 2010 @ 21:27:50 CEST by


Google and Verizon have published a joint policy proposal for "an open Internet", you can read the details at Google's Public Policy Blog. Most of the proposal is beneficial to consumers, but interestingly the companies only focus on the wireline Internet, they do not want the same set of rules for the wireless broadband marketplace due to its still-nascent nature. Here's a snip that outlines the three of the seven key elements of the proposal:
First, both companies have long been proponents of the FCC’s current wireline broadband openness principles, which ensure that consumers have access to all legal content on the Internet, and can use what applications, services, and devices they choose. The enforceability of those principles was called into serious question by the recent Comcast court decision. Our proposal would now make those principles fully enforceable at the FCC.

Second, we agree that in addition to these existing principles there should be a new, enforceable prohibition against discriminatory practices. This means that for the first time, wireline broadband providers would not be able to discriminate against or prioritize lawful Internet content, applications or services in a way that causes harm to users or competition.

Importantly, this new nondiscrimination principle includes a presumption against prioritization of Internet traffic - including paid prioritization. So, in addition to not blocking or degrading of Internet content and applications, wireline broadband providers also could not favor particular Internet traffic over other traffic.

Third, it’s important that the consumer be fully informed about their Internet experiences. Our proposal would create enforceable transparency rules, for both wireline and wireless services. Broadband providers would be required to give consumers clear, understandable information about the services they offer and their capabilities. Broadband providers would also provide to application and content providers information about network management practices and any other information they need to ensure that they can reach consumers.



 



 

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