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“Maybe you like Google Maps. Well, tough,” Mr. Franken said on Saturday on the Senate floor. “If the F.C.C. passes this weak rule, Verizon will be able to cut off access to the Google Maps app on your phone and force you to use their own mapping program, Verizon Navigator, even if it is not as good. And even if they charge money, when Google Maps is free.”
[edited by: lawman at 11:48 pm (utc) on Dec 22, 2010]
Telcos are angry, net neutrality purists are irate, but these new FCC rules are a pretty good deal for the average American.
The current system is working fine right now.
Sgt_Kickaxe: Say it with me - BUH BYE VERIZGONE !
Google has reached new heights in its effort to fool the world into believing that Android is so "open" it can singlehandedly deliver us from any and all forms of mobile tyranny.
In its first official "net neutrality" rules, the US Federal Communications Commission says it doesn't prohibit wireless providers from blocking or discriminating against network traffic in part because of the "openness" of Android.
As Mozilla man Asa Dotzler puts it: "#*$! does android have to do with net neutrality?"
When the FCC uploaded its net neutrality rules on Tuesday, it pissed off even the net neutrality zealots, and much of this was down to its wireless leniency. The rules prohibit wireline providers from blocking "lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices" or discriminating against network traffic, but wireless providers are merely prohibited from preventing "consumers from accessing lawful websites."
think packages. They'll MONITOR where you go and decide which sites they want offered in basic packages and which sites they'll want to charge premium prices for