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Verizon, Google Reject Rumours About End Of Net Neutrality Deal

Both Verizon Wireless and Google have publicly denied talks about prioritising paid for content, a move that could herald the end of net neutrality in the United States.

The New York Times said yesterday that the two were working on a deal to "allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege."

Verizon Wireless strongly denied that the NYT's story was true and its Executive Director of Media Relations David Fish said on the company's public policy blog (opens in new tab) that the news outlet "fundamentally misunderstands our purpose."

Today, a Google spokesperson told the Guardian that the report (opens in new tab) by the NYT was simply wrong and that the search giant remained as committed as it has always been to an open internet.

Schmidt did say at the Techonomy Conference that "We have been talking to Verizon for a long time about trying to get an agreement on the definition of what net neutrality is. We're trying to find solutions that bridge between the hardcore net neutrality view and the telecom view."

What's odd is that Google is one of the most active supporters of net neutrality and went as far as trying to push a nationwide broadband policy.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.