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Google says it's ready to file antitrust complaints if telcos abuse their network control

Google spoke to reporters today and warned that if broadband service providers abuse a possible right given by the government, it will step up and file anti-trust complaints. The issue boils down to net neutrality, which has been large ongoing issue between broadband service providers, companies, schools and the government. Google says that it hopes that legislators will support net neutrality, which will prevent large telcos and cable companies from creating tiered networks, charging more for a certain type of use than another, even though the data travels on the same network.

Google said that it will not hesitate to file anti-trust complaints against any company that abuses their control over network bandwidth and prices. However, this control has not been handed over from the government just yet. Although the US Senate Commerce Committee approved a communications reform last week that allows telephone companies to offer subscription based television services to customers.

Vint Cerf, a Google vice president told reporters that "if the legislators insist on neutrality, we will be happy. If they do not put it in, we will be less happy but then we will have to wait and see whether or not there actually is any abuse." Google, like many other content-driven companies -- including Microsoft -- support net neutrality. "My company, along with many others believes that the Internet should stay open and accessible to everyone equally."

Several communications and network companies including Cisco, oppose net neutrality simply because their business is based on network control and bandwidth. Last week, DailyTech reported that the net neutrality debate received two new proposals from two groups. The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the New Yorkers for Fair Use both offered their own proposals on how net neutrality should be handled. Both of the groups offered similar views, saying that US legislators should distinguish the Internet from other types of networks. Tiered networks would be okay as long as the Internet itself remained neutral, said both groups.

Although several major telcos have said that the government and companies like Google are concerned over nothing, many companies supporting net neutrality say that given the chance, large telcos would create tiered networks in a heart beat. Without a neutrality bill protecting equal Internet access, Google fears that fair competition would be stifled and prices would soar.

"We are worried that some of the broadband service providers will interfere with that principle and will attempt to use their control over broadband transport facilities to interfere with services of competitors," said Cert.

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RE: What's wrong with Tiered Networks?
By jtesoro on 7/7/2006 10:15:32 AM , Rating: 2
My reading comprehension is OK. Your sentence construction needs improvement.

RE: What's wrong with Tiered Networks?
By masher2 on 7/7/2006 10:20:51 AM , Rating: 2
Lol, why not change the habits of a lifetime and simply admit your error? Misreading a sentence isn't a crime, you know.

RE: What's wrong with Tiered Networks?
By jtesoro on 7/7/2006 10:41:33 AM , Rating: 2
What's this about "habits of a lifetime" now? In another discussion you had with someone, you harped about not attacking the poster and similar talk. And yet you do the same. A few times if I might add.

You think your post is clear. I don't. Let's disagree and leave it at that.

By masher2 on 7/7/2006 11:39:44 AM , Rating: 2
> "You think your post is clear. I don't. Let's disagree and leave it at that"

Instead of leaving the discussion with a pointless argument over my phrasing, why not address the point itself? My statement was:

"Net neutrality is intended to frustrate the deployment of new, advanced services...unless those services are provided to every single packet over the Internet, and at the exact same price...

Now, instead of quibbling over extraneous ellipses, why not focus on the meat of the matter. Net Neutrality has a very clear intent, to bar introduction of any new Internet service, unless they are offered as a "base service" without additional cost.

That is going to frustrate and delay some advances for decades to come. If you have concerns with telco monopoly power-- address those concerns. But Net Neutrality is focused entirely on a different matter.

> "In another discussion you had with someone, you harped about not attacking the poster and similar talk. And yet you do the same"

Fair enough; I retract the statement.

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