Google today denied reports that it is in talks with Verizon for a deal that could undermine net neutrality.

According to reports in today’s Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Google and Verizon, both major online players, are close to finalizing an agreement that would have Verizon speeding some online content more quickly than other content if the content’s creators pay for it. YouTube, which is owned by Google, could greatly benefit by having its bandwidth weighty videos get priority treatment.

Google, however, told Computerworld this morning that there is no basis to the reports.

“The New York Times is quite simply wrong,” wrote Mistique Cano, a Google spokesman, in an e-mail. “We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google traffic. We remain as committed as we always have been to an open Internet.”

Google, however, has not denied discussing with Verizon and other Internet companies the issues surrounding Net neutrality.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Verizon confirmed that it has been in ongoing talks with Google and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for 10 months.

Meanwhile, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told CNET on Wednesday that Google is trying to find a solution that would bring together the different sides on Net neutrality.

“We’re trying to find solutions that bridge between sort of the ‘hard-core Net neutrality or else’ view and the historic telecom view of no such agreement,” Schmidt was quoted as saying. He also would not say whether the company had reached an agreement on Net neutrality with Verizon, but that the two companies have been “trying to get an agreement on what the definition of Net neutrality is.”

Source: Computer World

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