October 23, 2009

Verizon CEO slams Net neutrality | Signal Strength - CNET News

Verizon CEO slams Net neutrality | Signal Strength - CNET News

A fascinating dance the tech giants do! A few days ear;ier Verizon Wireless got in bed with Google with a partnership that includes using Google's Android operating system in a new line of cell devices. Now, Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon pounces on the FCC's proposal for net neutrality principles, which are avidly supported by Google and others.

Well, I suppose it's all about the money and the business models.

Net neutrality's downside is well-expressed by Ivan:

"Seidenberg pointed to telemedicine as an example of how strict rules could hamper innovation. He said that companies like Verizon need to be able to prioritize packets that are transmitting medical monitoring data--over such items like e-mail or spam--to make sure they get through the network quickly. But if rules are in place that prohibit carriers from prioritizing traffic, he said, then such medical services cannot be offered."
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