About FACE! Google changes it’s mind about net neutrality!
CJ Boat | On 30, Jul 2013
In a dramatic about-face on a key internet issue yesterday, Google told the FCC that the network neutrality rules Google once championed don’t give citizens the right to run servers on their home broadband connections, and that the Google Fiber network is perfectly within its rights to prohibit customers from attaching the legal devices of their choice to its network.
This is mainly aimed toward servers. Why, you ask? Because Google wants to sell business class internet in their Kansas City fiber metropolis.
A potential customer, Douglas McClendon, filed a complaint against the policy in 2012 with the FCC, which eventually ordered Google to explain its reasoning by July 29.
In its response, Google defended its sweeping ban by citing the very ISPs it opposed through the years-long fight for rules that require broadband providers to treat all packets equally.
“Google Fiber’s server policy is consistent with policies of many major providers in the industry,” Google Fiber lawyer Darah Smith Franklin wrote, going on to quote AT&T, Comcast and Verizon’s anti-server policies.
The problem is that a server, by definition, doesn’t have to be a dedicated expensive computer. Any PC or Mac can be a server, as can all sorts of computing devices.
Moreover, the net neutrality rules (.pdf)regarding devices are plain and simple: ”Fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.”
This is up there with Florida accidentally banning all internet, with stupid over-reaching attempts to control the way that users use their personally owned devices.
So watch out with your media servers stored on your own laptops people! At this time Google has not stated anything about if they are going to hold it to server OS or if it’s going to run one of it’s famous algorithms.