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."
quote: FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has stated that any agreement where ISPs offered faster access to some content providers for money was unacceptable.
quote: Google and Verizon have denied the agreement is in place
quote: Large companies have controversial ideas which are quickly shut down by regulatory agency. No more news at 11.
quote: Google/Youtube/Microsoft are free to travel the interstates for a fee
quote: If you pay your ISP for a 5 Mbps plan, you get 5 Mbps. if you pay for a 30 Mbps plan, you get 30 Mbps.
quote: If you think this crap is happening, prove it.
quote: Think about it like our roadways. They're basically trying to set it up where the Google/Youtube/Microsoft are free to travel the interstates for a fee where Ma and Pop's trinketsgalore.com is relegated to the back roads unless they pony up for interstate access. You, Ma and Pop may all have the capability to upload and download data at 5 Mbps via your connection capabilities, but the routing equipment between you and them will only let it through at 128 Kbps to keep the high tier customers traffic pumping through at full speed.
quote: Personally, I can't think of a better way to squash out the little guys than this.
quote: If they're doing exclusive per-content-provider deals, then yeah. That would be bad, but it's not what I've read aside from comment sections full of alarmists.
quote: So what are the details? Are the ISP's selling directly to youtube.com and espn.com, or are they offering a higher tier of service?
quote: Network neutrality means that everything that comes down your pipe to you is treated the same.
quote: Do you see what's happening? Both you and the content provider are already paying for a internet connection. The content provider is then being charged a second time in order to make sure their content isn't blocked from getting to you.
quote: Eventually, the internet would end up looking a lot like cable TV.