More oppositions to the Google Verizon Pact as Secret Talks in D.C. over Net Neutrality continues
August 21, 2010 Leave a comment
As the subject on net neutrality heating up, representatives of some of the nation’s largest technology companies have been summoned to the K Street offices of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a venerable industry organization that lobbies the government on behalf of a wide variety of tech giants, including Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Apple, Hewlett Packard and Dell.
The ITI is hosting an apparently hastily-convened series of discussions led by industry lobbyists on the future of national broadband policy, and specifically the red-hot issue of net neutrality: the concept that broadband providers should not discriminate against rival content. The meetings, first reported on by The Wall Street Journal, follow a failed attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to achieve a consensus between powerful Web and telecom companies, which foundered after Google and Verizon bailed on the agency’s closed-door talks and struck their own deal.
As all these secrets meeting going on in DC over the issue, the number of opposition to the Verizon/Google pact is growing. In addition to Voogle Wireless, me, Jon Stewart, and the three Musketiers from the Congress, we now have Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the new member with concern over the pact. RIAA sent an open letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, seeking more information about the company’s recent pact.
“The music community we represent believes it is vital that any Internet policy initiative permit and encourage ISPs and other intermediaries to take measures to deter unlawful activity such as copyright infringement and child pornography,” reads the letter from groups including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); performing rights organizations BMI, ASCAP and SESAC; the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA); American Association of Independent Music (A2IM); and industry guild the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
“We are deeply interested in the details of your proposal as they may relate to the protection of content and to making sure that the distinction between lawful and unlawful activity has operational meaning,” the letter continues.