Network Neutrality Corporate Adversaries
Are the big players cooking up backroom deals?
Reports of backroom deals by big players that would inhibit Web freedom are unconfirmed, but this Salon article suggests that the Bloomberg news service and the New York Times may have gotten it right in reports that Google and Verizon are cooking up a deal that, in the worst case, would be a blow to our digital future.
"The Federal Communications Commission, which has been making noises about doing more to make net neutrality a requirement, has been holding semi-secret meetings with many of the top players in the online world. If you and I have been represented at that table, it's news to me, but this is how so much gets decided in our world. (UPDATE: The FCC has reportedly suspended the close-door meetings; good.)
"Now we hear that Google -- once the foremost proponent of net neutrality and a participant at those meetings -- may be cooking up a deal with Verizon, which has also been at the FCC table. The scary thing is how plausible this is; Google is a huge company now with interests that may well be diverging from its previous commitments on the matter."