Internet Giants Allegedly Fighting Net Neutrality

Monday, August 09, 2010

Google logo, as rendered in Flash (flickr: Mark Knol)

In theory, the Internet provides a level playing field for businesses and consumers alike. That’s because, since its creation, the Internet has been built around the principle of “net neutrality”: all traffic online travels as quickly as it can, given the technology and congestion it encounters along the way.  According to an article published by our partner The New York Times, however, a backdoor deal may be nearing between Google and Verizon, which could give a speed advantage to those websites who are willing to pay more.

In this conversation with John Abell, New York Bureau Chief for Wired.com, we learn what would be at stake if this alleged deal were to materialize and why the average Internet user should care.

Guests:

John Abell

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [3]

sydferret

Sergei sold his soul to the devil, he gave a prospective legal hire the task of drawing up the agreement.

Aug. 10 2010 07:23 PM
JohnW from NJ

Would it make sense to split the providers of bandwidth from the suppliers of content to keep the conflict of interest to a minimum? Separation of church/state is a similar thing.

Aug. 10 2010 12:55 AM
david belmont

in your story on internet speeds you used a quote from senator ted stevens to convey the "mood of the senate." stevens left the senate over two years ago. not using a current senator is poor journalism and a cheap shot.

Aug. 09 2010 08:42 AM

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