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Old 12-15-2008   #1
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Google Pushes for Net Neutrality?

Is Google making its end run?

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The celebrated openness of the Internet -- network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic -- is quietly losing powerful defenders.

Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers.

At risk is a principle known as network neutrality: Cable and phone companies that operate the data pipelines are supposed to treat all traffic the same -- nobody is supposed to jump the line.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122929270127905065.html

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Re: Google Pushes for Net Neutrality?

It appears that a lot is happening out of site. And maybe G is just playing a bit of catch-up in this instance:

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Separately, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have withdrawn quietly from a coalition formed two years ago to protect network neutrality. Each company has forged partnerships with the phone and cable companies.
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