Verizon, Google outline vision on Internet traffic

Mon, 08/09/2010 - 8:35am
Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – Verizon and Google are saying that Internet service providers should be allowed to charge extra to route traffic from premium services over separate, dedicated networks.

Yet they still believe in prohibiting those providers from slowing, blocking or charging to prioritize regular Internet traffic.

Verizon Communications and Google announced their vision Monday following reports that they have been talking to find common ground on such issues.

The companies also say these rules should apply only to wireline broadband networks, not wireless systems, which have more capacity constraints.

Verizon and Google hope their proposal would serve as a starting point for Congress as it drafts network neutrality rules for broadband providers.

And it comes just days after the Federal Communications Commission gave up on efforts to negotiate a compromise.

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