Google and Verizon Discuss 'Net Neutrality'

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Earlier this week, The New York Times discovered that Google and Verizon were working on a backdoor deal which, as many online activists worried, would threaten the future of “net neutrality.” In essence, “net neutrality” means that the Internet carries traffic as quickly as it can, regardless of the source. If this neutrality were to end, particular websites could pay ISPs to carry their traffic faster than their competitors.

Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of law and media studies at the University of Virginia, attended yesterday’s press conference where Google and Verizon unveiled the details of their pact. Siva says that, while this wasn’t the worst case scenario, the future of net neutrality is still very much in question, thanks to this monolithic deal.

Guests:

Siva Vaidhyanthan

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

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