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Net neutrality comes back to haunt Google

Posted By admin On July 14, 2010 @ 3:41 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Richard Waters
Financial Times [1]
July 14, 2010

Google has become the main advocate in Washington for a set of regulations to prevent internet service providers favouring particular companies’ traffic.

However, that campaign, over what is known as “net neutrality”, has handed a gift to its own detractors.

This year, “search neutrality” has become the rallying cry of activists who believe that Google has too much power to decide which internet sites are granted the attention that comes with a high search ranking, and which are consigned to outer darkness.

After regulating the “pipes” of the internet with net neutrality, says Frank Pasquale, a professor at Seton Hall law school, “we need to look at the next part of the bottleneck, and that means search”.

For now, there is no indication that Washington is interested in creating a regime to govern the search business, and the campaign has served mainly as a way for Google’s detractors to try to push it on to the defensive over other issues.

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[1] Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9b6bc780-8ea5-11df-8a67-00144feab49a.html

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[3] Protestors Show Up At Google HQ To Demand Net Neutrality: http://www.prisonplanet.com/protestors-show-up-at-google-hq-to-demand-net-neutrality.html

[4] Google/Verizon Talks Threaten Net Neutrality: http://www.prisonplanet.com/googleverizon-talks-threaten-net-neutrality.html

[5] AT&T claims net neutrality is oppressive: http://www.prisonplanet.com/att-claims-net-neutrality-is-oppressive.html

[6] Google’s call for open Internet hedged in its own rules: http://www.prisonplanet.com/googles-call-for-open-internet-hedged-in-its-own-rules.html

[7] Google and Verizon DID do a deal for new internet ‘first class’ superhighway: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-and-verizon-did-do-a-deal-for-new-internet-first-class-superhighway.html

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