Google and Verizon Near Pact to Sell Web Priority. Goodbye, Net Neutrality?

Google (GOOG) and Verizon (VZ) are in talks to allow the big Internet service provider to speed up the delivery of online content to Web users if the content's creators pay for this, according to a report by The New York Times. Citing sources close to the discussion, the Times says the agreement could be reached as soon as next week.

With such deals, deep-pocketed content sites could pay to ensure that their content received priority over other sites as it made its way to consumers. Such agreements may eventually lead to higher charges for Internet users. The pioneering pact between Google and Verizon, if finalized, could overturn the tenet of Net neutrality, in which no form of content is favored over another -- it's something consumer advocates are fighting fiercely to protect.

The Times also says any deal "could also upend the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to assert its authority over broadband service, which was severely restricted by a federal appeals court decision in April." The publication also reports that a Verizon spokesman said that the company was still engaged in the larger talks to reach a consensus at the FCC and declined to comment on other negotiations.

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planarguy1

Google has become almost useless as it is. Remember back 10 years ago, you'd go to Google to search for something, or just a piece of information- You'd get pertinent links to the information you needed. Now, all of the top responses are just links to 3rd. party sites, that may or may not link to information, but in nearly every case does link to some one trying to sell you something.
What is not generally known is that these 3rd. party link sites make MONEY every single time some one goes there, and then make more if you end up buying some item. This makes money for Google, who then PAY the owners of these link sites.
Well Google, it's time for another search engine to take over which is more like Google once was. A REAL search engine where the promise of the internet is fulfilled better then the blatant ripoff which Google has become, and apparently is planning to become even worse.

August 05 2010 at 2:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Austin

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/05/google-verizon-near-net-n_n_671500.html

Read the above article. Also, notice that the only source anyone is citing is the NY Times. They've been wrong before. Seeing as this does not fit in line with ANYTHING Google has said or done, I tend to believe what Bloomberg has to say, that Google is striking a deal that actually will help PRESERVE net neutrality.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-04/google-verizon-are-said-to-have-reached-deal-on-how-to-handle-web-traffic.html

August 05 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thombel

This is truly awful. What happened to Google'd motto: "Don't be evil"?

August 05 2010 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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thombel

Sorry, misspelled -- that Google's motto: "Don't be evil"

August 05 2010 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
domicileappraise

WILL THIS BE A MONOPOLY?

August 05 2010 at 12:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
serfdood

I for one welcome our new internet overlords...

August 05 2010 at 12:16 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Hey Phillyslugga

I am dropping Verizon and Google. We are going to have to take a now or be trampled upon later.

August 05 2010 at 2:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Anthony

Oh boy... this is capitalism gone wrong. I'm all for turning a profit, but not at the detriment to customers. Don't they know that hiking rates will drive customers away?

August 05 2010 at 1:55 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply