Google and Verizon Wireless Aug. 5 denied working on a deal to accelerate YouTube and other online content to Internet users more quickly for fees. Such an agreement would skewer the idea of network neutrality.
Google and Verizon Wireless Aug. 5 said they are not striking a deal to
accelerate online content to Internet users more quickly for fees.
The New York Times stated
that Google is working with Verizon to speed some online content to Internet
users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for such
service. Google and Verizon said that report was not accurate.
Such an agreement would skewer the idea of network neutrality
, a set of Federal
Communications Commission principles that calls for no impingement of Internet
content, Web sites, platforms or devices by Internet service providers.
As an example, the Times said Google's YouTube site could
pay Verizon to make sure its content reached consumers in a timely
fashion. The Times, which said a deal could come next week, suggested
these fees would lead to higher costs for Web users.
Google Aug. 5 claimed the Times story reporting the
negotiations was wrong, adding on its Twitter public policy account that
"We've not had any convos with VZN about paying for carriage of our
traffic. We remain committed to an open Internet."
In a public statement on his corporate blog
, Verizon spokesman David Fish called the Times'
"It fundamentally misunderstands our purpose. As we said in our earlier
FCC filing, our goal is an Internet policy framework that ensures openness and
accountability, and incorporates specific FCC authority, while maintaining
investment and innovation. To suggest this is a business arrangement between
our companies is entirely incorrect."
Fish did not expressly deny the Times' point about payment for placement in network
Consumer advocates fear such deals would put too much power in the hands of
Google and Verizon, threatening prospects for an open Web.