A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Tiered Internet: Google/Verizon Deal/No Deal
Google and Verizon have almost completed a tiered Internet agreement that would allow Verizon to give delivery of some Internet content priority over the delivery of other content. For a price, of course. (Or have they? See below.)
For example, if Google wanted to make sure that some YouTube content was presented properly, it could pay for priority transmission.
At present, delivery of packets on the Internet is done on a first come, first serve basis by all servers; this net neutrality is regarded by many people as essential to the free use of the Internet.
A spokesman for Verizon said that the company was still engaged in the larger talks to reach a consensus at the F.C.C. and declined to comment on other negotiations. A spokeswoman for Google also declined to comment. While a deal between Google and Verizon would affect only those two companies, it could sway the opinions of lawmakers, many of whom have questioned the wisdom of the F.C.C.’s plans to oversee broadband service.
At issue for consumers is how the companies that provide the pipeline to the Internet will ultimately direct traffic on their system, and how quickly consumers are able to gain access to certain Web content.
(From Google and Verizon Near Deal on Web Pay Tiers, New York Times [08/04/2010])
However, in a report published today, both companies denied that they were close to an agreement that would speed up selected online content.
Verizon said in a statement that the article is "mistaken" and fundamentally misunderstands the company's purpose.
"Our goal is an Internet policy framework that ensures openness and accountability, and incorporates specific FCC authority, while maintaining investment and innovation," the statement said. "To suggest this is a business arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect."
Times spokesperson Diane McNulty said the newspaper stood by its reporting, which is based on information from sources in a position to know about the conversations.
"Google's comment about the New York Times story refutes something the Times story didn't say," she said.
Google earlier strongly denied the Times story.
"We remain as committed as we always have been to an open Internet," said spokeswoman Mistique Cano. "The New York Times is quite simply wrong. We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google or YouTube traffic."
(From Google, Verizon Deny Tiered-Web Deal Report, Dow Jones Newswires [08/05/2010])
The earliest reference I remember to the idea that some network traffic should be given priority over other traffic - a tiered Internet - is in The Shockwave Rider, a 1975 novel by John Brunner.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 8/5/2010)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 1 )
Related News Stories -
Mouth Haptics Invented By Frederik Pohl In 1965, CMU Now Has Prototype
'What he got was indeed a kiss. It was disconcerting. No kissing lips were visible.' - Frederik Pohl, 1965.
True Crime Live Podcasting In Fiction
'And loving it too, those millions. Bloodthirsty to the last one of them.' - Harl Vincent, 1939.
Zoom Adds Real-Time, Live Translation
'He immediately turned the small shining disc of the Language Rectifier..' - Hugo Gernsback, 1911.
Will The Super Bowl Go To Pay Per View?
'...this afternoon’s football game cost each person who had one of the television screens one dollar for the privilege.' - Dr. David H. Keller, 1929.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Eviation Alice Electric Plane First Flight
'A white electric plane approached at great speed...'
Hotels Turn To Robots As Human Workers Regroup
'Chain of hotels that specialized in non-human service.'
Changesite Mineral To Be Mined On Moon By China
'But then... not every bulldozer operator works on the Moon.'
Tongue-Controlled Tong Wearable Mouth Computer
'Griff found the white and pink map distracting and switched it off using his tongue mouse.'
Is It Better To Be Short?
'He was one of the smaller, energy-saving new breed...'
Taikonaut Tai Chi Foot Loops
'Jimmy Cardigan and Harlowe, staring through the darkside port, had their feet in the foot-loops...'
Space Billboards Would Ruin Our View Of The Cosmos
'But the rising sign, as it had been designed to do, held his eyes. A vast circle of scarlet stars came up into the greenish desert dusk.'
Orion's 'Skip-to-M'Lou' Entry
'A lightning pilot possibly could land that tin toy without power and still walk away from it provided he had the skill to play Skip-to-M’Lou in and out of the atmosphere...'
MarsCat and MetaCat, Your Robot Cat Companions
'It was you who betrayed me — you and your robot cat.'
Mars Mission Using Nuclear Thermal Propulsion
'with its atomic engine as noiseless as a dancing sunbeam...'
Physiotherapists Get Help From Robots
'Most of the Members went into cold-rest; the others tended them...'
Robotaxi By Cruise Premieres in Austin, Texas
'... he settled back in a robotaxi and the brilliant lights of the streets flashed past.'
Tentacle Robot Gripper Recalls War Of The Worlds
'It presented a sort of metallic spider with five jointed, agile legs, and with an extraordinary number of jointed levers, bars, and reaching and clutching tentacles.'
The Coming Hell Of ChatGPT Salesbots
'Robot-salesmen were everywhere, gesturing, pleading, shrilling...'
Harmonia Making Generative Audio Tools For Everyone
'A cacophony of stentorious metal sounds.'
Fusion Power Breakthrough?
'The prospect of enough D-N beryllium to make fusion power really cheap...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories