Do Google and Verizon comply with the principles of "network neutrality"?


    Already on Habré the news was published that the combined efforts of Google and Verizon to formulate the principles of network freedom have borne fruit - a list of the so-called principles of network neutrality has been published . In a published document, for example, it is proposed to officially prohibit IT companies in the telecom sector from restricting traffic in any way or determining priority types of traffic.

    A list of these priorities, developed jointly by the above companies, has already been sent to the US Federal Communications Commission (the notorious FCC). In general, one of the main points of the document is the prohibition of traffic restriction by providers. Such a ban, for example, does not allow manufacturers to restrict VoIP traffic (and quite recently there was a scandal on this basis, when in different countries various providers wanted to restrict Skype traffic - mobile providers were especially distinguished).

    But not so simple as it seems. These principles of net neutrality, published by Google and Verizon, can only be a cover for the secret affairs of both companies. Now there are rumors that just Google and Verizon were going to agree on prioritizing certain types of traffic, as well as limiting traffic of various kinds for different users.

    Immediately after the secret became apparent, “principles” were published that seem to show that “we have nothing to do with it.” We are Google with Verizon. Now companies claim that their customers are free to choose their own priority in the consumption of certain types of traffic.

    The companies claim that one of the most important factors in the development of the Web is the full awareness of Internet users about their own work on the Web. In other words, the user must see what he receives and what third-party companies that provide all kinds of content and communication services can learn about him.

    In general, a strange situation turned out - after all, both Google and Verizon were accused of various violations of the principles of the free Internet (just recently there was news on the presence of "spyware" in Chromium, apparently), and then suddenly and other companies almost act as "legislators of Freedom." But of course, if these principles are really implemented (which is unlikely), then the Internet will become free, and users will be happy. Or not?

    Do you think that “principles” have been published voluntarily, or are companies simply trying to solve a difficult situation for themselves, to maintain their own authority and “face”?

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