Google and Verizon outline net neutrality plans

Regular broadband protected, but mobile web could see big changes

Proposals put idea of net neutrality in booming mobile sector at risk.

Google and Verizon have released a joint proposal about the future of the internet, days after initial reports suggested the two companies wanted to bring an end to “net neutrality” and create a two-tier web where ISPs would feed web users prioritised traffic.

The truth, however, is somewhat different. The paper says “wireline” broadband providers should be forced to provide an open internet for all. However, it also suggests that regulation of wireless web over phones and 3G cards should be less stringent, with “differentiated services” being offered to customers.

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This could mean prioritised traffic searches for games, music or even healthcare according to the two tech giants. These would come at a price for the provider, but would essentially mean the web on your phone not being the subject of net neutrality.

Why does it matter? Well, use of the web over phones is surging ahead, and networks clearly want a slice of the action. These are early days, but this proposal could eventually lead to a complete change in how the web is run and operated.

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Via The Guardian