Google and Verizon Agree on Net Neutrality
Google and Verizon now have a joint policy for the internet standards known as “net neutrality.” This is an internet bill of rights for customers, to assure that all have access to content on the web. It means that certain providers could not favor certain content, but all access would be equal. Google has long been supportive of net neutrality, but internet service providers have argued that it will make it more costly and difficult to develop their networks. Thus, the agreement shows a meeting of the minds on this issue, with inclusion of the FCC. Wireless phone services are exempt, but the proposal calls for transparency with these. Also, it is being proposed that all internet service providers pay into the Federal Universal Service Fund which would assure broadband access to rural communities. This fund was formerly for telephone service, and now is being expanded to include broadband.