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The Google-Verizon proposal: balancing rights and obligations

(My two cents' worth of thoughts on the proposal)

What's good about the Google-Verizon proposal (and who's to benefit)?
- From a corporate perspective, it creates a new competitive environment for companies wishing to innovate and expand.
- A "private" network void of FCC and FTC (to a great extent) regulations may sound very attractive
- It strengthens the role of big commercial players

What concerns does the Google-Verizon proposal create?
- The worst is probably the fear of the unknown. How can consumers approve without knowing what's in store? And how can a proposal be drawn up to govern something which has not yet been developed? Worrying, indeed!
- There's obviously more to the proposal than it's actually saying
- FCC's and FTC's role are watered down. Who's protecting the consumer? Is "transparency" on its own sufficient protection?
- Small businesses would face tough competition on both the open, traditional Internet, and the private one. Will they survive?
- New business face an even tougher challenge to penetrate
- Is anyone thinking about cloud computing? Major player Google says it will stay on the networks we're used to. Will it keep its word? What about other cloud computing businesses?

Most of all:
- Do consumers know what's happening?
- Can a compromise be found? Can companies on their own arrive at this?
- What's the role of IG stakeholders?

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