The New York Times is reporting today that Google and Verizon are "near" a deal for "pay tiers on the web", or, as they put it, where Google pays money to Verizon for the privilege of having its content sent faster (or just with higher priority) than other content providers. Verizon, I'm not suprised you would try to pull a trick like this, But Google, I think this deal would violate your corporate motto of "Don't be evil" and would change the Internet for the worse. Letting carriers like Verizon charge both content providers and consumers is unwarrented and greedy.
Google, striking a deal with Verizon would legitimize the concept of content providers paying bandwidth providers for better service, and I think that's a dangerous thing. Why? Because if the rationaly for the quality of content delivery is solely left to the business interests of the carrier, it also legitimizes the complementary idea that content providers who pay less would have their content delivered more slowly. Could an influential, cash-rich business like Google pay so much to carriers that other content owners would be slowed down as a result? Or, what if Verizon had a conflict of interest and abused their control over different speeds to favor a partner or harm a competitor?
Sure, we get it, Verizon. It costs money for carriers to deliver content, and some content like movies, videos, songs, and large files are more expensive for you to deliver. So instead of regulating speed, why don't you charge for volume of traffic-- and put the burden of the charges on the party who decides exactly how much traffic is generated, the consumer?
Oh yeah, I forgot. You already do. That's why I think that charging providers is unwarranted and greedy.
If this deal passes, then wealthy companies like Google get prioritized service at the expense of smaller providers, and Verizon and other carriers get to rake in the cash. The Internet as we know it as a mechanism of free and equal opportunity for businesses and speech is gone. Google, don't strike this deal. Verizon, do the right thing: let consumers choose how much content they want and who they want it from, and charge them accordingly.