The Net Neutrality: The Good The Bad The Ugly and The Nasty
August 11, 2010 Leave a comment
Those of you can’t make any sense of the title, I suggest you read my previous post on the subject which I defined the good, the bad, and the ugly companies on net neutrality. Here is the nasty one, Facebook!
Yesterday, Facebook entered the net neutrality debate with a statement critical of the key provisions of Google and Verizon’s net neutrality proposal.
In a statement, Facebook, which is also part of the coalition, suggested that exempting wireless networks from net neutrality rules, as proposed by Google and Verizon, was the wrong approach.
The company said: “Facebook continues to support principles of net neutrality for both landline and wireless networks. Preserving an open Internet that is accessible to innovators — regardless of their size or wealth — will promote a vibrant and competitive marketplace where consumers have ultimate control over the content and services delivered through their Internet connections.”
Such a statement from Facebook doesn’t surprise me at all. Facebook has been in the billion dollar battle with Google on social profiling. For Facebook allowing Google to define net neutrality on its own terms presents a grave threat to the social network’s business.
eBay has sit down quietly on this. In a statement, the company said that it “believes that openness on the Internet is the right policy for Internet businesses and Internet users, and that two-tier networks with corporate toll lanes would stifle ground-up innovation and benefit dominant businesses at the expense of smaller competitors and entrepreneurs.” It added: “We will review the recent suggestions from Google/Verizon while remaining focused on supporting the openness of the Internet so that it continues to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and empowerment for all.”
There are several sections of the proposal that trouble a lot of people, but the biggest sticking point is the exclusion of wireless networks from net neutrality regulations. Verizon and Google exclude it from their proposal for wired connections because “imposition of too many rules up front would not allow us to optimize this network in a fashion that would supercharge the growth we’ve seen in the past.” Critics say that Google and Verizon are trying to protect their own interests, especially their highly profitable Android partnership.
The is going to get really ugly and nasty. Expect more statements from the companies on the subject.