Search giant posts new blog entry debunking ‘myths’ about its net neutrality proposals announced earlier this week
By Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor
Google has responded to critics of the net neutrality proposals it announced with wireless provider Google earlier this week. In a robust blog post, it tackled its detractors by claiming that “We don’t expect everyone to agree with every aspect of our proposal, but there has been a number of inaccuracies about it, and we do want to separate fact from fiction”.
Google has proposed a legal framework that would allow American regulators to fine internet service providers up to $2million if they allowed one kind of internet traffic priority over another on the fixed-line internet.
It leaves the wireless internet unregulated, however, and permits innovative services to use a fast lane web not available to commercial propositions.
Now in its new blog post the search giant claims “No other company is working as tirelessly for an open Internet”, and denies that it has in any way “sold out”. The company goes on to claim “we believe that a proposal that locks in key enforceable protections for consumers is preferable to [the current state of] no protection at all”.
Google also maintains that wireless broadband is in less dire need of regulation and that its proposals leave the decisions on when it should be to American Federal government. On the creation of a “fast track” for “differentiated services”, it says that “we believe there would be more than adequate tools in place to help guard against the “cannibalization” of the public Internet”.
Google continues to attract fierce criticism, however; Skype, eBay, Amazon and Facebook have all suggested they would not support the proposals. Wired magazine in America, meanwhile, called Google a “surrender monkey”, and respected blog Giga Om said that the company’s new post was a “lame defense”. In a statement to Wired, however, Google echoed the language of Barack Obama’s major campaigning speech on net neutrality in 2007: “We have taken a backseat to no one in our support for an open internet,” said a spokeswoman.