Net Neutrality forever! Wait, never mind…

by on December 15, 2008 · 9 comments

Big news in these parts.

The celebrated openness of the Internet — network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic — is quietly losing powerful defenders.

Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers.

TLFers and commenters: Go.

  • http://bennett.com/blog Richard Bennett

    Blogged this little puppy here: http://bennett.com/blog/2008/12/google-gambles-

  • http://sethf.com/ Seth Finkelstein

    Nonsense article. Lessig has been mischaracterized:

    “The made-up dramas of the Wall Street Journal”

    http://lessig.org/blog/2008/12/the_madeup_drama

  • http://sethf.com/ Seth Finkelstein

    Nonsense article. Lessig has been mischaracterized:

    “The made-up dramas of the Wall Street Journal”

    lessig.org/blog/2008/12/the_madeup_dramas_of_the_wall

  • sjschultze

    I slept on it and decided that I still wanted to be snarky:
    http://managingmiracles.blogspot.com/2008/12/ws

  • http://bretswanson.com Bret Swanson

    Richard, great response. To those like you and me, who've tried to explain how the Net really works and said over and over that the Net is not and has never been strictly “neutral,” Google's technical actions and flirtations with the big networks aren't a surprise. What's probably news is the beginning of the broad *realization* of this fact and the apparent downshift or softening of Google's policy stance.

  • Cindy P Dennis

    Excellent, entertaining, useful reading, Thanks !!

  • Robert Johnson

    awsome article men

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