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Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:47

Google Fibre designed to save net neutrality

Written by Nick Farrell



Cunning plan revealed


Google has been spending a fortune on its own fibre networks and is being suggested that the search engine might be trying to sneak its way around the big US telcos.

Google's Google Fiber (sic) project has been on the books since 2010 and it aims to bring a gigabit network to a chosen community. The test run was Kansas City and next week it will go live. Now while the fact that it is giving a gigabit network is pretty cool the question has been raised to why Google is doing it.

The first idea is that Google wants to encourage the telcos to start investing in gigabit network connections and that by showing them how it is done, they will follow. But the North Mobile Post has come up with an interesting counter theory. It is warning the big internet providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T that if they continues to try to stop net neutrality it will come up with their own system, only better.

Google is dead keen to avoid being charged for the amount of bandwidth its customers use. The big US telcos are keen to bill Google for all the searches of their users so that they can finance upgrades.
While the search engine cannot match the networks of the big ISPs they can provide data which proves that they are lying about the costs. If Google can prove that fast networks can be built and maintained at reasonable prices then the attacks on network neutrality by the big service providers can be shown to be a lie. 

Google can go to US politicians and say that killing off network neutrality is just a cover for inefficiency and certainly not worth killing off a free internet for.

Nick Farrell

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