Recent Threats to Net Neutrality
The latest attack on net neutrality has been in the news lately, with an interesting connection to data centers. The trouble is that some sort of deal is afoot between Verizon and Google – which casts doubt on Google’s former position as an important advocate for net neutrality.
What looms because of threats to net neutrality, of course, is that it’ll start to be costly to users as different types of services are given priority and the balance of the internet comes undone. Google has always supported net neutrality and other progressive sorts of issues, so their refusal to explain what’s going on with Verizon is suspicious and a little alarming.
According to Robert X. Cringely, contributor to the New York Times, there could be a way Google has managed to get special treatment from Verizon without violating the sacredness of net neutrality. I hope he’s not being too optimistic, but I like where he’s going with this.
Since Google uses a data center strategy involving shipping containers, which are relatively mobile as data center facilities go, Mr. Cringely thinks perhaps Google will just be using Verizon facilities to store some of its own servers, thereby minimizing the distance data has to travel and increasing speeds while staying perfectly true to the tenets of net neutrality.
See the article on the Times’ site for the argument in full. It sounds promising if this is really what’s going on, but only time will tell.
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