This week in Network Neutrality

August 21, 2010 @ 9:09 am

It’s been a few months since I’ve mused aloud about the FCC’s actions on network neutrality. During that time Google and Verizon released their joint proposal, which was met with reaction from just about everyone.

Based on comments this week by Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn, The Google / Verizon proposal is not getting much support at the FCC. Some of the rhetoric is a little heated, but it appears that the only voice in support of Google and Verizon has been AT&T.

As I see it, parties on both sides of the issue have a common goal – their disagreement is more about how to achieve it. One group believes that market forces optimize utility, the other believes that they optimize profit. The best solution seeks to achieve both.