There seems to be several differences of opinion when it comes to Google’s new tools that they are developing to detect ISP throttling. The basic arguments seems to be if Comcast, or any other ISP, has the right to throttle back speed on what they perceive are broadband hogs. There has also been some discussion about tiered pricing by AT&T as well.
First we have Google’s stance:
Google has been very vocal on its stance for net neutrality. Now, Richard Whitt–Senior Policy Director for Google–announces that Google will take an even more active role in the debate by arming consumers with the tools to determine first-hand if their broadband connections are being monkeyed with by their ISPs:
“We’re trying to develop tools, software tools…that allow people to detect what’s happening with their broadband connections, so they can let [ISPs] know that they’re not happy with what they’re getting — that they think certain services are being tampered with,” Google senior policy director Richard Whitt said this morning during a panel discussion at Santa Clara University, an hour south of San Francisco.
But on the flip side we have what George OU stated during the conference and his feelings:
Ou is adamant that – whether it (Net Neutrality rules) forbids ISPs from prioritizing apps and services or it forbids them from selling prioritization – neutrality regulation would actually prevent things like video and voice from flourishing on our worldwide IP network. “If you forbid prioritization, you forbid converged networks,” he said. “And if you forbid converged networks, you get a bunch of tiny networks that are designed to do very specific things. Why not merge them into one fat pipe and let the consumer pick and choose what they want to run?
So what will this mean to you and me? It depends on who you believe. I personally believe that if the ISP’s are allowed to throttle back we could end up with a system of tiering, that may be unfair for those who just want to watch a video occasionally. A system of higher pricing just to view on the Internet, what we currently are able to see at a flat rate price.
But what is your take? Am I missing something here?
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