Google And Verizon Outline Plans For An Open Internet

Google and Verizon have outlined their plans for the future of an open internet.

Web services on cellular networks which include health care, educational and entertainment services have been exempted from the set of seven proposals, the Telegraph has reported.

The proposed framework emphasises that the web should be open and neutral and ISPs should provide the same bandwidth to all the websites equally.

Mobile service providers, however, are free to offer prioritised services to high-powered consumers for an extra fee.

Representatives of both the companies, Google director of public policy Alan Davidson, and Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy, and communications Tom Tauke, have said: “Users should choose what content, applications, or devices they use, since openness has been central to the explosive innovation that has made the Internet a transformative medium.”

They added that the USA should attach more importance to innovation and investment as it is a pre-requisite for success and competition globally.

Google and Verizon have also proposed that the Federal Communications Commission should have the power to ban or fine ISPs that do not follow the code of web neutrality.