Google/Verizon to FCC: Let Us Write the Rules We’re to be Governed By

I’m getting fed-up with the word games that Google plays with the media.

On August 5th, we asked if Google and Verizon had made a secret pact to ensure Google’s traffic received priority over Verizon’s network. Google scolded the media–the NYTs mostly–tweeting:

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.

Except, Google was playing its usual game of “don’t listen to what we say, listen to what we don’t say.” As it turns out, Google and Verizon had been in talks with each other and the door is open for them to come to some arrangement over the carriage of Google’s traffic. It just doesn’t apply to wired networks. Wireless networks are fair game!

And that’s the message that Google and Verizon basically sent to the FCC yesterday. The two companies drafted a proposal that would result in net neutrality remaining in place for wired internet connections, but wireless ones would be exempt from pretty much everything.

Oh really? We’re going to let two monopolist companies determine the fate of net neutrality? Just because the proposal sounds good to Google and Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Yahoo, et al just need to tow the line?

Not so fast!

Apparently, we can thank the FCC for growing a pair and not accept a bit-part-player in Google and Verizon’s plans to revamp the internet. Says FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps:

“Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion forward. That’s one of its many problems. It is time to move a decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations.”

This is not the first time that Google has tried to bully the FCC into agreeing to its terms. That didn’t end too well for Google. I suspect this won’t either.

  • Bo

    Did Google just become evil?

  • http://www.giglogo.com Karla Campos Lopez

    Very interesting article, even though politics are not always in our hands being informed can help us control how the politics affect us. Many people already spend time optimizing their sites for Google ranking, and if this collaboration does indeed take place between Verizon and Google the sites which are ready will be the ones visible.

  • http://www.stellarpointgroup.com Go2Mach2

    Thanks Andy…

    I read the actual proposal. There is a great deal of information that still needs to get sorted out. While there are good elements to the proposal, it’s hard to believe the FCC is going to just stand up and say Thank You Google and Verizon – let’s just make this the law.

    My opinion – Fasten your seat belts and wait for the next round of Tecno releases from all the parties. I believe this one is going to get interesting. Thanks again…

    • http://pointcom.com Katherine

      Did you read the article? Because the author quotes the FCC as essentially rejecting the proposal.

  • http://tech-senses.com/ Tristan Thomas

    You know everyone is painting an evil picture on Google when most of us don’t understand whats really going on. All Google is saying is that the internet is young and that the government should not place any restrictions on it as of yet.

    Google truly does no evil. Or do they? There is this one article I read at http://tech-senses.com/ called called “How doing Business With Google Almost Killed A Company”. That is probably the most evil thing Google has ever done.