Update: Google, Verizon look to bridge net neutrality debate, denies reports end of open Internet
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Wednesday that the search giant and wireless partner Verizon are "trying to find solutions that bridge" disagreements over net neutrality, according to CNET.
Schmidt didn't confirm that the companies have reached their own accord over whether content can be slowed on wireless networks. Sources told the Post Wednesday that the companies agreed that Verizon won't be allowed to block or slow down some applications on its fixed-line network but that it could do so on wireless networks. But Verizon could also allow better quality of service to some Web sites that partner with them or pay for faster downloads, sources said.
Update: Google denied a report that it agreed with Verizon that companies like it could pay for extra capacity on networks. In a message on Twitter, Google wrote: "@NYTimes is wrong. We've not had any convos with VZN about paying for carriage of our traffic. We remain committed to an open internet."
Verizon wrote in its policy blog that the report was "mistaken," and that "to suggest this is a business arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect."
There are few details on what has been decided between the companies. Engineering details on carving network pipes for paid prioritization versus managed services have been the biggest sticking points of negotiations among Google, Verizon and other participants of FCC meetings.
"We're trying to find solutions that bridge between sort of the 'hard-core Net neutrality or else' view and the historic telecom view of no such agreement," Schmidt told reporters on the sidelines of the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, according to CNET.
Schmidt said his belief is that the core of Net neutrality is the idea that network providers shouldn't be able to favor one particular provider of content over another. He said that networks should be able to prioritize a content medium, say, voice over video, according to CNET.
"People get confused about Net neutrality," Schmidt said. "I want to make sure that everybody understands what we mean about it. What we mean is that if you have one data type, like video, you don't discriminate against one person's video in favor of another. It's OK to discriminate across different types...There is general agreement with Verizon and Google on this issue. The issues of wireless versus wireline get very messy...and that's really an FCC issue not a Google issue."
Google has been in talks with Verizon for the past year on how the carrier can manage its network. Google has much at stake: Verizon sells Android phones, including the Droid, that operates on Google's software. At the same conference Wednesday, Schmidt said some 200,000 Android phones are being sold each day. Earlier this week, the Nielsen company reported that Android phones overtook sales of the iPhone.
by Cecilia Kang
August 5, 2010; 8:04 AM ET
Categories: Consumers , FCC , Google , Mobile , Net Neutrality , Online Video , Verizon
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