Monday, December 15, 2008

Google and Lessig on Net Neutrality

Is Google changing its tune on net neutrality? The Wall Stree Journals seems to be so so suggesting in a widely linked and discussed artcicle:

Here's a taste...According to WSJ:
Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers.

The developments could test Mr. Obama's professed commitment to network neutrality. "The Internet is perhaps the most open network in history, and we have to keep it that way," he told Google employees a year ago at the company's Mountain View, Calif., campus. "I will take a back seat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality."
[Barack Obama]

Barack Obama

But Lawrence Lessig, an Internet law professor at Stanford University and an influential proponent of network neutrality, recently shifted gears by saying at a conference that content providers should be able to pay for faster service. Mr. Lessig, who has known President-elect Barack Obama since their days teaching law at the University of Chicago, has been mentioned as a candidate to head the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the telecommunications industry.

Is the Internet going to become more and more like cable and pay TV?

PS - UPDATE: Google's answer to this can be found here.


1 comment:

  1. It would be unusual, if Lessig took the post, as he's JUST accepted a new post at harvard university. I doubt he'd have accepted the post (which he made public on SAturday) if he felt he was still in the running for a White House appointment.