Google and Verizon Draw Ire For Net Neutrality Plan
August 10, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Net regulation has long since created a certain amount of fervor among those who believe it should be open, and those (mostly companies) who would like to see net neutrality put into place. Google and Verizon are now drawing a certain amount of criticism for their own plan, which they released to the FCC Monday.
The new plan proposes that the wired Internet be open to all, in order to give access to “the next two guys in a garage”, Eric Schmidt told the New York Times. But it offers no rules for wireless, or cellphone networks.
But Jay Schwartzman of the Media Access Project has warned that it could make many things unaffordable for consumers, as well as people just starting up in the business.
“[It] creates an Internet for the haves and an Internet for the have-nots,” he said.
There are some benefits to the plan, however. In it, broadband companies would be forced to be transparent in all fees and prices, and prohibited from limiting speeds to those who use file sharing software. Comcast has been criticized for cutting speeds without notice to anyone found to be using Bittorrent.