Google’s new blog has a post laying out their position on network neutrality. I’m probably missing something, but it strikes me as rather incoherent:
What kind of behavior is okay?
Prioritizing all applications of a certain general type, such as streaming video; Managing their networks to, for example, block certain traffic based on IP address in order to prevent harmful denial of service (DOS) attacks, viruses or worms; Employing certain upgrades, such as the use of local caching or private network backbone links; Providing managed IP services and proprietary content (like IPTV); and Charging consumers extra to receive higher speed or performance capacity broadband service.
On the other hand:
What isn’t okay?
Levying surcharges on content providers that are not their retail customers; Prioritizing data packet delivery based on the ownership or affiliation (the who) of the content, or the source or destination (the what) of the content; or Building a new “fast lane” online that consigns Internet content and applications to a relatively slow, bandwidth-starved portion of the broadband connection.
So if Verizon builds a 30 Mbps pipe to consumers’ homes, and allocates 25 Mbps to a proprietary IPTV service (“Providing managed IP services and proprietary content”) and 5 Mbps to public Internet traffic, is that OK? What if they then consign all video traffic (“all applications of a certain general type”) in the public Internet to the lowest priority, rendering it effectively unusable? And can they then syndicate content from third parties through their IPTV service?
If so, I don’t understand what network neutrality is supposed to accomplish. If not, how am I mis-reading Google’s proposal?