Some of Google’s Allies Feel Betrayed by Company’s Alliance With Verizon; Critics Claim Google Stance Could Harm Net Neutrality

Aug 16, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Google’s latest stance on how Internet access should be regulated has  left some of the company’s former allies, "as well as many other technology and media companies, feeling disappointed and even betrayed," the New York Times reports.

According to the article, "a week ago, Google stunned many of its allies by crossing the aisle and teaming up with Verizon Communications to propose that net neutrality rules should not apply to wireless access and to outline rules for the wired Internet that critics say are riddled with loopholes."

Separately, Multichannel News’ Todd Spengler writes that "Critics of the Verizon/Google network neutrality compromise have complained that the companies’ proposal to exempt managed services opens the door to the “cable-ization of the Internet….First, let’s be clear, “cable-ized” Internet-based network services already exist. Verizon and Google were merely pointing out that such managed services should remain exempt from nondiscrimination guidelines." 

Says the NY Times report, "Some say that as Google has grown up and become a large multinational company, it has been forced to start weighing its business interests against the more idealistic leanings of its founders and many of its employees.

“ ‘I don’t know that Google pondered the moral decision this time,’ said Jordan Rohan, an Internet and digital media analyst at Stifel Nicolaus. “I think the business decision to cooperate with Verizon superseded the other complications and side effects that it may cause.’

"Google strongly defends its proposal with Verizon, saying it does not violate net neutrality principles and, if adopted by regulators, would protect wired Internet access more than it is protected now."


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