6 August, 2010 – The Independent
Update: Google and Verizon issue Net neutrality denial
Google's co-founders Sergey Brin, left, and Larry Page, are accused of betraying web users. AP
Google stood accused last night of betraying the founding principles of the internet, as it readied a deal that will abandon key parts of its support for ‘net neutrality’, which has guaranteed equal access to the worldwide web since its inception.
In what one internet freedom campaigner called a ‘doomsday scenario’ that will change the internet forever, the search engine pioneer is close to agreeing terms with the largest telecoms company in the US that would open the door to special ‘fast lanes’ for favoured internet traffic.
Google denied the story, saying: ‘We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google traffic and we remain as committed as we always have been to an open internet.’
The bilateral agreement between Google and Verizon raises the spectre of big media corporations carving up the internet between them, and side-steps the Obama administration’s attempts to ensure that all internet traffic is treated the same, regardless of whether it comes from the smallest blogger or the largest online video site.