Two years ago, when I spoke at The Media Reform Conference in Minneapolis, the hard working folks at Free Press were warning us about this. The weak, conservative FCC has helped give Google even more power. And power corrupts.
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According to press reports, Google has agreed to allow ISPs to construct a new pay-for-play private Internet. But since this news broke, Google has been doing damage control by saying that they haven’t “had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google traffic.” But this is sleight-of-hand. They’ve apparently come to an agreement on what is known as “managed services,” or “specialized services.” This scheme will ensure new online innovators will never be able to compete effectively with Google, because they will have to make due with the bandwidth scraps left over for the public Internet. Also in a stunning reversal for Google, they have agreed that no Net Neutrality rules — not even a ban on the outright blocking of content and application — should apply to wireless Internet access.