Google Breaking Away from Net Neutrality? Not exactly

Update: See this Google post regarding the allegations from The Wall Street Journal Google is changing its positive stance on net-neutrality. The Google post notes “The Journal story also quoted me as characterizing President-elect Obama’s net neutrality policies as “much less specific than they were before.” For what it’s worth, I don’t recall making such a comment, and it seems especially odd given that President-elect Obama’s supportive stance on network neutrality hasn’t changed at all.”

In addition, Google has now not made the Top 10 Trust companies on the San Francisco Chronicle list.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that it has received documents citing Google has approached ISPs and Cable companies to strike a deal to get priority in traffic, which violates net neutrality. Google has always been an advocate of this principal. The WSJ says “One major cable operator [is] in talks with Google says it has been reluctant so far to strike a deal because of concern it might violate Federal Communications Commission guidelines on network neutrality.”If we did this, Washington would be on fire,” says one executive at the cable company who is familiar with the talks…” Google responded by strongly denying the allegations saying “Google remains strongly committed to the principle of Net neutrality, and we will continue to work with policymakers in the years ahead to keep the Internet free and open.” More recently, Microsoft and Yahoo quietly broke a coalition part about two years ago. President Elect Barrack Obama strongly supports net-neutrality.


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