October 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm #82508
NOT what I think of when the discussion starts over Net Neutrality...
Wonder if the term Net Neutrality is going to take on the characteristics of the term "cloud computing"
From "The Hill"
Verizon-Google partnership: An argument for or against net neutrality?
By Kim Hart - 10/06/09 02:26 PM ET
Verizon Wireless and Google today announced a strategic partnership that will allow consumers to use Google’s Android mobile platform on Verizon’s network.
Verizon and Google plan to work together to develop Android-based devices that will be pre-loaded with new applications from the two companies as well as outside developers. Until now, Google’s Android-powered G1 phone has only been available on T-Mobile’s network. Verizon plans to introduce new Android-based handsets in the next few weeks. Those handsets will allow Google Voice, Google’s new call routing service, to work on the phones. Apple is still evaluating Google’s application and it is not available to iPhone consumers, an issue the FCC is exploring.
It’s an interesting time for this kind of a partnership. Verizon Wireless has been an opponent of net neutrality regulation proposed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. Google, on the other hand, has been one of the most vocal supporters of strengthening net neutrality rules.
In fact, Google CEO Eric Schmidt visited the FCC just last week to thank Genachowski for his leadership in proposing the rules.
Meanwhile, Verizon says the partnership with Google illustrates that government intervention is not needed and that the wireless industry “is constantly evolving to meet consumer demands.”
House Republicans said in a letter sent yesterday to Genachowski that wireless companies, handset makers and application developers should be able to strike partnerships and exclusive deals to cater to customers and stay competitive.
Democratic public interest groups have questioned whether exclusive partnerships, like the one between AT&T and Apple’s iPhone, are best for the consumers. While it appears that the Verizon-Google partnership is not an exclusive one, it will be interesting to see how it fits into the larger debates going on at the FCC right now.
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