Google and Verizon announced a joint proposal on Monday that would allow ISPs to offer premium content bundles over an unspecified global network—an unexpected gambit that would seem to call for separate and unequal Internets.
The two companies say the guidelines would ensure that no internet traffic of kind is prioritized over other (with the exception of viruses, spam and the like). On the flipside, it would grant content companies looking to deliver services that require too much bandwidth for the regular Internet to do so in return for payment, via a second set of pipes.
"There should be a new, enforceable prohibition against discriminatory practices," reads part of their proposal, posted on both Verizon’s and Google’s websites. "For the first time, wireline broadband providers would not be able to discriminate against or prioritize lawful Internet content, applications or services in a way that causes harm to users or competition."
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