Google, Verizon push for Net neutrality rules

08/9/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Google and Verizon Communications urged Congress to take up their plan for rules on Internet service that would outlaw blocking or slowing specific content, but would also enable private service agreements on designated networks. They suggested fines of up to $2 million for violations of Net neutrality per such guidelines, but watchdogs are skeptical. "This framework, if embraced by Congress and the Federal Communications Commission, would transform the free and open Internet into a closed platform like cable," said an adviser to a media-watchdog group.

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