Google and Verizon Announce Joint Policy for an 'Open Internet'

bp9801 - August 9, 2010 12:16PM in Internet

Recently, the FCC was told by a court that it could not actually enforce net neutrality. This opened the door for other companies to step in and propose ideas as to what it thinks the internet should be about. Today, two companies have formed a joint policy proposal as to what an "open internet" should be like. Those two companies are Google and Verizon, two of the largest companies dealing with all things communication. Both Google and Verizon agree that web users should be able to choose what applications, content, and devices they use while believing that the government should have more regulations on what is out there. However, both companies think that fewer regulations should be enforced on us and our ISPs. So basically, more regulations but few will be enforced.

All of that is going to be enforced on wired lines but as for wireless, Google and Verizon think that wireless access should be left pretty much all alone. This is because there are fewer spectrums available for wireless compared to wired so it will not be as high up on the list of what should be regulated. Both Google and Verizon probably feel that the wireless world is far too competitive for regulations to be enforced as it stands now but perhaps in a few years it will be open to it.

As part of this joint policy, Google and Verizon feel that the FCC should be able to fine any ISP up to $2 million for going against the open internet. Both companies are also in favor of the National Broadband Plan so it will be interesting to see what all happens in the coming months.