Talks end amid reports of backroom deals between Google and Verizon

The FCC has been holding talks with wireless carriers and some large internet firms like Google. The goal of these talks is to come to an agreement that both internet service providers and content providers can live with while offering open and unfettered access to the web for consumers.

The FCC has announced that it has stopped talks that were underway with Google, Verizon, Skype, and AT&T. The reason cited for calling the talks off by the FCC's Edward Lazarus is that the talks have resulted in no robust framework being offered.

Lazarus said, "We have called off this round of stakeholder discussions. It has been productive on several fronts, but has not generated a robust framework to preserve the openness and freedom of the Internet -- one that drives innovation, investment, free speech, and consumer choice."

Lazarus does say that all options are still being considered at this time. The cessation of talks came as reports that Google and Verizon had come to an agreement between themselves that large content providers would be able to pay for faster access. The agreement also reportedly stipulated that Verizon would not throttle any services on fixed line broadband, but could throttle certain content on its wireless networks. AT&T has gone out of its way to make it clear it has no part in the supposed deal between Google and Verizon.

Google and Verizon have denied the agreement is in place reports eWeek. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has stated that any agreement where ISPs offered faster access to some content providers for money was unacceptable.

Genachowski said, "Any outcome, any deal that doesn't preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs will be unacceptable."

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