Net Neutrality Upended?

Joelle Tessler

Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are close to finalizing a proposal for so-called “network neutrality” rules, which would dictate how broadband providers treat Internet traffic flowing over their lines, according to a person briefed on the negotiations.

A deal could be announced within days, said the person, who did not want to be identified because negotiations are still ongoing. According to the New York Times, the agreement between Google and Verizon “could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.”

Under the deal, “charges could be paid by companies, like YouTube, owned by Google, for example, to Verizon, one of the nation’s leading Internet service providers, to ensure that its content received priority as it made its way to consumers,” the New York Times explains, noting that Internet users might eventually pay a higher price for service as a result. 

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