Firms Hope Deal Will Shape Net-Neutrality Law

Thursday Aug 5th 2010 by Staff

Google and Verizon are reportedly nearing an agreement that could serve as a model for legislation that would allow broadband providers to prioritize traffic.

Wall Street Journal: Unnamed sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Verizon and Google have reached a tentative agreement that could serve as a model for "net neutrality" legislation. A Verizon spokesperson confirmed the talks, saying, "We are currently engaged in and committed to the negotiation process led by the FCC" that will allow both sides to "reach a consensus that can maintain an open Internet and the investment and innovation required to sustain it."

The compromise involves the thorny issue of whether network providers can block or slow some Internet traffic in order to give higher priority to other traffic, such as telephone calls.

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