Verizon-Google has issued its “regulatory framework” proposal for the internet, which, according to our friends at the Future of Music Coalition, has amplified the dialogue and debate about net neutrality, a subject about which we are all very concerned. FMC took the announcement as an opportunity to reiterate their basic stance on the open internet and musicians which you can read here.
This post was researched and assembled by FMC policy, legal and communications interns Alexandra Wood, Gloria Ho and Rachel Smith.
On Monday, August 9, 2010, Verizon and Google released a joint proposal for a legislative framework for broadband internet service. Although the proposal has no legal effect on its own, it is important to understand because it could serve as a model for future legislation or FCC rulemaking. We weighed in yesterday via a short media statement, which you can read here. read more
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, two of America’s biggest internet companies, Google and Verizon, revealed the terms of a privately-reached proposal intended to serve as a legislative framework for net neutrality. Currently, the FCC is considering ways to reassert its basic authority to regulate broadband and protect the open internet. This afternoon’s announcement from Google and Verizon follows the recent collapse of talks between the Commission and internet stakeholders meant to arrive at a regulatory consensus.
News has just broken about a supposed Google/Verizon agreement regarding how to handle web traffic. This is significant due to the ongoing conversations about preserving the internet as an open platform for innovation, creativity and commerce. read more
When Verizon started rolling out their FiOS fiber-to-the-home service in select areas earlier this year, more than a few folks were excited about the new offering. We can’t say that we blame them — who doesn’t want a faster Internet? Yet if recent developments offer any indication, the price that users pay for speedier service might be more than what’s listed on the bill. FiOS users are reporting that when a URL is typed into their web browser, instead of a run-of-the-mill error message, they’re redirected to Verizon’s own search page. This might seem fairly innocuous on the surface, but it also raises questions about net neutrality. read more