Net neutrality

Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski said on Wednesday that a controversial agreement on net neutrality principles between Google and Verizon this August hurt his efforts to forge a broader consensus.

“I would have preferred if they hadn’t done exactly what they did when they did,” Mr Genachowski said, adding that it “slowed down” his attempt to get web companies and carriers to agree to a policy outline that presumably would have given stronger protection to internet traffic.

The FCC chief’s remarks came during an onstage interview at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Read more

Net neutrality – the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally as it flows over broadband networks – is one of those slippery phrases that means different things to different people, depending on which side of the fence they sit.

Take the argument today between Google and the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper accused Google – which has been the strongest advocate of net neutrality, at least in public – of backing away from the principle by making secret arrangements with broadband companies to have its own internet traffic delivered faster. Read more